Pulled Bullet learnings

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bbqreloader, Oct 31, 2018.

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  1. bbqreloader
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    Soooo, more geared to people learning to reload but maybe for someone whose never bought pulled bullets either, here goes.
    I have always used a particular brand of bullet(s) so that was what my seating dies were set for, never ventured really from those bullets.
    Got some great deals on pulled 308 and 223. Although it was mentioned that there maybe some weight variations and cannelure may not match they were roughly the same weight grain. True, not a big deal, measured 20 of em and averaged +/- 3/4 gr.
    BUT what I failed to take in account was the length of the projectile, pulled 308= 1.145 to 1.165. I use an OAL of 3.185 for my M1, it feeds well and operates. I always use a +/- .005 variation. However when using the bullets I was all over the place, 3.165 to 3.194. Ran into same issue with the 223 finished OAL (different OAL obviously).
    So sat down and hand measured the 308 bullets into stacks for the variance. 1.160 to 1.169, 1.150 to 1.159 and so forth. Not sure if I'm being overly cautious, to precise or I just like things a certain way but thought I would pass the info as I find this stuff out so maybe the next person will have a smoother reloading session.
    Not to say the deals aren't fantastic, but if you have your seating dies set for a specific brand you always buy, just check 15 or so bullets from the pulled bag to see what your length is compared to your normal bullets you buy and sort/adjust accordingly.
    Lesson learned and another thing to file away in the reloading learning log...
     
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    Seems that there is always a reason for that super "deal" or they would just be regular price don't ya think? That said I will always weigh/measure at least 1/2 a batch of pulled bullets to see if they are all the same. If not then I will finish sorting them into groups. If 1/2 are the same chances are the rest should be as well. Remember the same weight does not always equate to same profile either. In my mind I think save money---spend time instead. No biggie.:thumbup:
     
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    I have used pulled bullets for plinkers... but never target or hunting ammo so a little variation doesn't bother me. Some where I have a couple bags stashed away with black tip and orange tip .308 pulled bullets I bought back in the 80's. Orange tip (tracers) are fun... but there are not too many places I feel comfortable shooting them... it pretty much has to be a rainy day to shoot tracers.
     
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    I shoot my tracers in the winter after there is snow cover at the range. I have done this in the late evening at a pit in the middle of nowhere as the range is shut down at sunset. Most of them would not light off anyway (1%), even when shooting over 500 YDS so I do not bother with after dark any more.
     
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    I've ordered pulled bullets before. I got a couple of bad batches that had multiple weights, different profiles, and a few cups with no cores (empty jackets). I basically had to sort/inspect the entire 1000 by hand. Did I really save anything? Not really. I figured I wasted a lot of time with this order. I won't order anything anymore if it says "may contain a mix". JMHO.
     
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    I agree. I only am able to escape to the reloading area every so often for some quiet time and sorting multi gr, size and mixed bullet types is not high on my list.
     
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    Bought a bunch of “pulled” 50 BMG bullets a couple decades ago for use in an SSK .50 Whisper Contender barrel. Speer, etc. from 650-750 grains along with a number of tracers. These were not precision bullets, but all performed well. The tracers were fired over The Cook Inlet mud flats near Anchorage AK and all lit off fine. Easy to see due to the low velocity (1000-1150 fps). In this caliber don’t expect precision accuracy, but that wasn’t the point....


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  8. H&R Glock

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    25-20 I was interested in your entry concerning 50 bmg bullets. I also, bought several "cans" of 50 bmg bullets back when Pats and Wideners had the good ones. The good ones are ball and AP.
    variety2.jpg
    All were in good shape and just a few had pull marks. Some were already run thru a sizing die and some not. I have my own sizing die and found quite a lot of variance in the effort needed to pass them thru the die. That goes for the ones pre-sized as well as the ones that were not sized by the seller. Unfortunately I sold all but a thousand or so on Ebay back when.
    Since this is a "learned" thread.... How do you tell an AP bullet from a ball bullet if the paint has been tumbled off?
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    The ball is on the left and the AP is on the right. All 50 bmg's made in this country seem to fit this butt end picture. The AP has a tight rear end. :)
    I just shot 20 rounds of my reloads at 100 yards and as old and shaky as I am, they all grouped at 5" or less which is great accuracy for me.
    Does your 50 Whisper shoot 50 BMG or the shortened version?
     
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