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indestructible bullet puller?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by mr_dove, May 16, 2008.

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  1. mr_dove

    mr_dove Member

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    About every 100 rounds or so I inevitably swing my bullet puller the wrong way and strike the cap on the brick that I use as a solid surface destroying the cap and ruining my bullet puller. I've gone through 3 of them so far and its getting frustrating.

    Does any company make a bullet puller that doesn't explode when you strike the cap on a brick? All it really needs is a sturdy cap that can withstand some blows.
     
  2. jlficken

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    I would just spend the money on the collet type bullet puller for your single stage press. I know it isn't the answer you were probably looking for but that is what I am going to do. The RCBS, Hornady, and Wilson all seem to be good choices from what I have seen/read.
     
  3. Griz44

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    I ran across a Hornady collet puller on sale at cabelas. I bought a second turrent plate from Lee seconds stock for a quick change puller setup and use it to pull with. Wonderful tool.
     
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Perhaps a better question would be:
    Why are you pulling so many bullets?

    If you are pulling down old mil-sup for the components, a collet puller is well worth the money, and the only way to fly.

    But if you are making that much bad ammo?
    Well to put it bluntly:
    You need to review what you are doing wrong and stop doing it.

    rcmodel
     
  5. Funderb

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    answer: gigantic yellow arrow attached in the direction of swing.
     
  6. highlander 5

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    The brick may be the problem,try using a piece of 4x4 or 6x6 post you may have better luck. I've had a Midway kinetic puller for 20 plus years and have had to replace the rubber o ring in the collets.
     
  7. Encoreman

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    +1 Highlander, the hammer will last indefinetly if struck on the end grain of a piece of firewood or 4x4. I pick-up and pull lots of rounds that I don't have any idea who loaded them. Pull my mistakes also have a frankford arsenal from Midway probably pulled close to 500 no problems. Mac
     
  8. Funderb

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    he's saying that he hits on the cap and not on the proper end. Only a pillow will save the cap.
     
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Might cut a piece of auto heater hose the right size and put it on over the cap.

    Cut it long enough it won't let the cap impact the brick, even if you do swing it the wrong way.

    It also might give you a visual CLUE which end to beat on.

    rcmodel
     
  10. MMCSRET

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    25 yrs ago I filled a tuna can with molten lead. Let it cool, peeled the can away and use it for my impact puller to strike against, work like a deadblow mallet.
     
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    "25 yrs ago I filled a tuna can with molten lead. Let it cool, peeled the can away and use it for my impact puller to strike against, work like a deadblow mallet."

    That will work fine. But it won't save an impact puller pounded with the wrong end down. After breaking three already, I don't think I can find a solution to this one.
     
  12. lordgroom

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    Just tonight I broke my dillon kinetic puller. I called them and they will replace for free minus my shipping to return the broken one to them. As for me, I have a number to pull for 2 different reasons, perhaps someone might know what is going wrong. Some of my recently loaded .223's have bullets seated dramatically farther into the case. I am assuming the bullet was misaligned when I placed it into the case and it stretched the case mouth. Is this possible?

    I also have some pulls because I was trying to be very careful and I had 2 rounds which weighed 1 grain more after loaded and all comeponents were the same. My apprehension is due to this being greater than max loads listed in numerous manuals. For the .223 many of my manuals list 26 grains of IMR-4895 as the max, but Ken Waters in Pet Loads lists 26.5. I loaded 3 at 26.3 and another 3 at 26.5.
     
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    +3 what highlander said.
     
  14. Sheldon

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    The cap just isn't made to be hit with the force the other end of the hammer is. How the heck are you holding the puller that the cap is getting hit??? No offense, but it sounds like a coordination issue. Or am I alone in never having had an issue with this??
     
  15. Mt Shooter

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    I have had a RCBS one for over Thirty years without an issue. Had to change the O ring once or twice and that is all. Perhaps large lettering on the side....... This End UP
     
  16. eliphalet

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    Qinetics (SP) bullet puller is what i use. I strike it against a short piece of rail road rail, it hasn't broke in the 20 some years I have had it. Brownell's has em.
     
  17. The Bushmaster

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    Stop watching TV and pay attention to what you are doing and I bet the problem will go away. If it's a memory problem...Stop reloading before you really do something wrong...

    eliphalet...I have the same one and have had it for 20 years too. Only wear I see on it is that the handle is not straight anymore...
     
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    I lean over and whack mine on the concrete floor of the shop. I have had it for maybe 15 years, it hasn't broken from that - thankfully occasional - intended use and I haven't hit the wrong end yet.

    All it needs is a little attention to keep the cap side up.
     
  19. LotI

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    ^^^What Jim said.

    Hit the hammer on a smooth surface. The ragged surface of a brick is causing localized stress on the plastic. I use mine on concrete.

    .223 bullets are too light to be pulled with a hammer. Get a collet puller... Here, and here.
     
  20. AndyC

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    Don't hit the wrong end on the brick - is it too much trouble to look at what you're doing? Geez... :rolleyes:
     
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    Hornady collet puller. Just don't put it in the press upside down...

    Andy
     
  22. MinnMooney

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    Go hornady

    Like many others on this thread, I apologize for not sticking to your question but posts No. 2 & 3 have the best answer by far. I switched to a hornady bullet puller that screws into my single stage press (I actually use a bushing for the Hornady L-N-L series so it pops in and out in about 1 second each.) and I've never looked back. It beats my kenetic bullet puller all to heck.
     
  23. Bullet

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    I’ll have to agree with hit it on the correct end/pay attention.
    You guys that use a collet puller - does it mark the bullets?
     
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    That's funny
     
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