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RCBS bullet colet puller question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gamestalker, May 13, 2013.

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  1. gamestalker

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    I've been using the kinetic puller for many moons, but I have decided to go with an RCBS colet type puller. So my question is, what all do I need to use one. I bought the colet for one of my calibers, but I can't find anyone who can tell me what else I need.

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    Not sure I understand your question. Did you get the whole bullet puller or just the collet? The puller body has a t-handle screw at the top that pushes the collet into a taper in the bottom of the tool to squeeze the collet onto the bullet. Only need to buy new collets to change calibers. Other than that, all you need is your press and shell holder. Some short cartridges will need an extended shell holder for the bullet to reach the collet
     
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    Thanks RC! I realize it is press operated, got that covered. But what is that tool on top of the die body with the extended handle? Sorry, but I've never used a colet type puller before, and I couldn't find any information on the RCBS web site either.
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    That is part of the die. The collet has a matching thread to that piece. The collet goes in through the bottom of the die and that piece screws into the top of the collet. Now you have it in a press and raise the loaded round (jacketed on as it doesn't work with cast) into the die, tighten it down and lower the press. This should pull the bullet from the case.
     
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    Thanks guys!

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    The collet is just the chuck that fits the bullet tightly enough to pull it.

    But it can exert no clamping force without the t-handle screw in the bullet puller die body that pulls it into the tapered part of the die to force it closed on the bullet.

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    Here's a picture from RCBS. On the left is the collet, the holder on the right. The holder screws into the press. The collet screws on the shaft of the handle. When the handle is turned, the collet is pulled into the holder, tightening the grip on the bullet. It only works on jacketed bullets, and does leave marks.
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    Ya, I knew how it functions, I just didn't know how to find the die body by name / description. Thanks again, I just ordered the die body from Midway a couple minutes ago. I've long wanted to get set up to pull on the press, but unfortunately none of the LGS's employee's have been able to help me, as they didn't have any idea what I needed. But as usual, THR people have come through for me again!

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    I have pulled well over 1000 9mm and many .40sw bullets with this setup. Very, very few of the rounds have marks on them, the only ones that did were ones that either did not seat all the way or clamp enough, they only left shinny marks where the collet rubbed on its way out.
     
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    Using the collet puller without making marks takes a little practice til you get the feel. Too much pressure and you mark the bullet, not enough and it slips and scratches the bullet without removing it. Only takes a couple bullet pulls to figure it out though.

    I much prefer this method to whack-a-mole.
     
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    Ya, I've been hammering away with my old RCBS kinetic puller for a long time. It's been a good tool and has always worked well, but it is also a slow process, just not ideal for pulling more than just a few rounds at a sitting. But my RCBS part has been ordered, and it should hopefully be here in a few days.

    It's too late to ask now, but I'll do anyway. What is the best product for pulling bullets? I saw a Forester on Midway, and it looked like it was just about the same thing as RCBS's. What's the difference between the two, or any other puller for that matter, that's not kinetic.

    Oh ya, even though I will know the answer once I get my puller set up, but how do you release the bullet from the colet, once it's pulled?

    GS
     
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    To clamp the bullet you turn right. You just loosen the handle to the left and the bullet drops out, very easy tool to use. Be careful when pulling lead bullets, it takes a seasoned touch to get the pressure right to pull the bullet without screwing it up.
     
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    I'll second the Hornady cam-lock puller over the RCBS. The reason is simple - repeatability. With the Hornady, you can adjust the amount of tension/clamping force on the bullet. Then, every time you flip the lever, you're applying the same amount of clamping force. With the RCBS, you're constantly changing the tension on the collet, to squeeze then release the bullet, so it takes a lot more "feel" to do it correctly.
     
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