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The best bullet puller

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Yankee, Feb 7, 2011.

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  1. Yankee

    Yankee Member

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    After two years of reloading, I finally have a big enough pile of messed up rounds that I think it is time to purchase myself a bullet puller so that I can reuse the components. We have countless threads on what is the best press, best case trimmer, best tumbler etc and so I'm thinking we need one that deals with the humble bullet puller. So, what are your thoughts - what should I buy and why?
     
  2. howlnmad

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    I like to use the kinetic (whack a mole) puller. It comes with several different size retainer rings, it doesn't marr the bullets and it let's me releave my frustration of screwing up to begin with. The biggest problem I've had is the o-rings tend to break so I keep a pack of spares on the bench.
     
  3. mbruce

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    I have a RCBS...probably works like all the rest...If I start a pile then i'll get a bullet puller die...they look cool
     
  4. Yankee

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    Sorry, I should have specified that I'm looking for a hammer rather than a press-mounted tool but it seems that there'd is a wide range of systems with some using universal collets while others are caliber specific. I've also heard of some brands being more fragile and prone to breakage. Like with everything, I want to buy something simple, that works every time and which will last me for many years.
     
  5. Coltdriver

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    I have an RCBS kinetic. Works great. I have always been careful to hit a solid piece of wood from a repeatable angle. So mine has held up. Its more about whipping the hammer than pounding. The whipping snap seems to pull the bullets with fewer strikes.

    Only downside I have discovered is that I can not put the cap on with 45 70 rounds. On everything else it has worked great.
     
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    There are 2 types I know of.... RCBS that's all plastic and the Frankfort Arsn kind with the hexagonal metal shaft. They both work great, but RCBS has replaced broken parts for free on theirs. I'd therefore have to advise RCBS.
     
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    i vote for the rcbs. have had it for years, pulled lots of bullets. no issues. fwiw

    murf
     
  8. Clark

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    I have the RBCS collet puller, the Forster collet puller, and the Hornady collet pullet.
    The Hornady cam over system is the most convenient.

    I have a couple kinetic pullers, and they have their place for low number count, non crimped cartridges.
     
  9. Fanky

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    I noticed that the cap didn't work with some 8x50R Lebel ammo I was tearing apart, old WW1 corrosive ammo that didn't go bang. I was pulling it to save the bullets and dispose of the brass and powder. I wasn't concerned with salvaging the brass, so I just tightened the collet below the shoulder and it worked for my application.
     
  10. BigBob3006

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    Yankee,

    I've never had much luck with the kinetic type puller, and if I did they seem like an awful lot of work. I've used the collet type puller with good results and suggest that it's the way to go. Two very good ones are the Forester and the RCBS. If you may one day pull pistol bullets, go with the RCBS. If you'll only pull rifle bullets then I suggest the Forester puller.
     
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    My RCBS puller has a metal shaft??? It came with a kit about 20 years ago. I guess they've changed since then???

    The Dove
     
  12. DM~

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    Here's another vote for the RCBS kinetic... Although i do have a few others, it's the one i reach for when i need to pull a bullet.

    DM
     
  13. Flatbush Harry

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    I noted that you're only interested in a kinetic bullet puller but I'd like to share my satisfaction with the RCBS Collet bullet pulling die. I had made up 25 rounds of la .25-06 load that my rifle didn't much care for. I pulled the remaining 20 bullets in about 15 minutes with the collet die. Powder stays nicely in the cases, no hazards with the primer, bullets get scuffed a bit...all in all, I'm still liking the green Kool-Aid.

    FH
     
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    I have a Midway kinetic that I have had for nearly 20 years. From the looks of it, I'd guess it is the same one as the Frankfort Arsenal one. I just pulled a few bullets this morning. I can do 3-4 a minute with it.
     
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    I also have the Midway puller , works great. You can also use the shell holder instead of the collars and its much much faster. Also I put one of those foam ear plugs in the bottom to further more protect the bullet , it also works great ! Try it.
    Tom
     
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    RCBS I've pulled many, many bullets, works well, if perchance it ever does break it guarented forever. None of the others can say that.
     
  17. 10 Spot Terminator

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    DONT BUY ONE JUST YET !!!

    I have the RCBS kinetic puller and thought it was great but just the other day I saw a video of Lees new press mounted puller they will be marketing very shortly and have to say AMAZING !!! It is so fast and so smooth you will wonder how come it took so long for someone to come up with it. As fast as you can feed the rounds to the shell holder and pull the handle you can pull down a round. the bullets are collected into a tray that only needs emptied after maybe 50 to 100 rounds. Its just like having a universal decapping die. It is on my list of gotta haves for sure .
     
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    I have the RCBS kineic, and it works great. I would suggest that instead of the little o-ring triple collet thingy, you use your shell holder off your press, it will fit in the puller just fine, is is much faster to get the bullet in/out of, and you never have worry about an o-ring again. It also makes it easier if you have not crimped your bullet yet. I usually can tell if I made a mistake, but sometimes not before the crimp. It works either way, jsut sometimes a few more whacks are needed with crimped bullets.
     
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    [QUOTEI have the RCBS kinetic puller and thought it was great but just the other day I saw a video of Lees new press mounted puller they will be marketing very shortly and have to say AMAZING !!! It is so fast and so smooth you will wonder how come it took so long for someone to come up with it. As fast as you can feed the rounds to the shell holder and pull the handle you can pull down a round. the bullets are collected into a tray that only needs emptied after maybe 50 to 100 rounds. Its just like having a universal decapping die. It is on my list of gotta haves for sure . ][/QUOTE]

    But how does it work with RN pistol rounds?
     
  20. Clark

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    Are you talking about this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo64ElfB378


    For collet bullet pullers:
    Horandy cam lock - best
    Forster - second place
    RCBS - third place

    Kinetic pullers:
    Good for a small number of pulls
    Hit something solid, like a rockchucker frame.
    Hit it hard.
    Put something soft in head to stop the bullet from being damaged when comes loose.
    Not good for crimped bullets.
    It is possible it use a shell holder instead of rubber band 3 piece collar that comes with it.
     
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    +1 on the RCBS. I have a green with metal handle which I think is RCBS but it's old.

    If you don't care about salvaging the bullet (such as corroded milsurp etc.) I just remove the dies from my press, put the round in the shell holder, raise the ram up all the way, grab the bullet with vice grips, then lower the ram. The vice grips stop on the top of the press and the case goes down. Mangles the bullet but if you don't care, it is fast.
     
  22. Sniderman

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    I've got a Frankfort Arsenal Kinetic, Bought it because it was the cheapest. (Yeah, that's how I roll for Accessories,) It's great for disassembling the odd round. The two things I've found are that it will distort the nose of a bullet because of the four molded in gussets inside of the nose of the hammer. This problem is solved, Like Tom357mag says, by putting an earplug in the hammer. the other thing many run into is that they're not hitting a hard enough surface with the puller. The physics of the tool demand a sudden positive stop for it to perform well. Out of curiosity/boredom I've played with smacking it on several different materials. Wood, the wood will dent and absorb a lot of the energy, you really have to wail on it to get the bullet to release, especially if it's being pulled because of too much crimp.
    Tried it on a 1" thick piece of pure lead, dented the H#*L out of the lead, again,need to whack it pretty hard, the lead absorbs a lot of the kinetic energy.
    The best I've found is a 1"x4"x4" piece of cold rolled steel that sits on the end of my bench, one medium/light swing and the components are in the hammer tube.
    Been doing it that way for years, always works in one shot, with anything I'm disassembling.
    If I was looking to pull a lot of bulets at one sitting, Say, someone here on the boards gave me a hundred or a thousand rounds that I wanted to reload with different components, (Hint, I'm open to this, guys!) I'd definitely go with a good die, however for the one/two at a time the kinetic works fine if you smack it on the right surface.
     
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    aaaaaww, they did! Lee copied Forester and Forester started makeing that puller a zillion years ago... lol

    DM
     
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    I use the Cabela's kinetic puller. I think it's basically the same as the RCBS - all plastic.

    The trick is to hold the very end of the handle, and grip lightly, like a hinge. When the head smacks against w/e you're striking, the head doesn't just stop. It bounces the other way. If you grip it too tight, you lose out on the bounce.

    I've pulled 100 luger bullets at a time. I also have a foam ear plug trick. Put a pair in your ears when you pull bullets! :)

    The only issue I have with mine is that the aluminum shell holders show some wear after that many rounds. When worn down, they will occasionally slip if the cap isn't screwed on really tight.

    I've tried using my Auto Prime shell holders, and I don't like it. It's slower, and the shell can slip off center and fall out or get crooked. Whoever thinks they're faster, dunno why. With the elastic o-ring shellholder, you just push the cartridge in rim first, and it snaps into place while pushing out the empty case from the last one. You just have to make sure you're using the right size. Mine came with 4 different sizes. And make sure the rounded side is facing up!

    Word to the wise: kinetic pullers work better with heavier bullets. I wouldn't want to pull a case of .223 with one.
     
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    I have both RCBS pullers. Both work.

    I finally broke down and bought a Forster.

    The two RCBS pullers are going to be Xmas presents to someone this year. :p
     
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