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    Dang, thanks, I read about that here somewhere and forgot all about it!

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    I haven't read all of the comments of this thread. But I use an electricians wire cutter to hold the bullets instead of a pliers or side cutter. They hold the bullet better. And the flat side of the cutter doesn't mar the top face of the press. That is for rifle bullets.
    For shorter pistol bullets I use a large enough socket so the socket fits (cup side down) over the ram and the pistol case comes up through the ratchet hole. Raise the ram so that the bullet comes above the socket. Grab the bullet with the wire cutter then just lower the ram to pull the bullet. If the socket is too short you may have to add some sort of shim to get more height.
    As to getting the GC out. Take a pliers very "slightly" squeeze the case neck so it is oval and shake the case (upside down) until the check comes out of the case. Then it is just a matter of running the case neck into a sizing die to make the neck round again. Kevin
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    I use an old pair of diagonal cutting pliers that have wire stripping holes in them. Somewhat similar to the following picture, but I think the holes are not as close together and they are a bit further from the end of the pliers. Regular diagonal cutting pliers do not work as well since the bullet is likely to just slide out as the cutting edges start to close. With the stripper holes in it though, the bullet does not move and the sides of the hole that you are using start to punch an indentation into the bullet allowing it to hold onto the bullet better. It definitely puts a mark on the bullet so that you won't be reusing it, but since I case my own bullets, it's no big deal -- the bullet just goes back in the lead scrap / reject pile and I recast it the next time I'm casting bullets.



    I suspect that you could make one of these out of an old pair of diagonal cutting pliers by just drilling a small hole in the middle of the cutting edges where they come together and then filing down the inner edge of the hole so that it was tapered a bit to make it sharper.
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    Nickle, I tried the shell holder in the hammer-puller, works great.

    I've been using the cheap flat crimper-strippers in the press,
    like grumman says, the corners of the stripper holes really grab the boolit.
    Even jaxketed ones don't slip.

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    You're welcome. I've been doing the shell holder trick for years, learned it from my father.

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    I got some ammo for free that was crimped in hard and you could not pull the bullets with a collet or the hammer type so I ran them through a full length sizing die and used the hammer type again and they came out slicker than goat snot.

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    Just lay a large flat washer on the hole and that will protect the threads as the pliers can bear against it to maintain a grip on the bullet. Just let it float loose atop the threaded hole.

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    It may have been mentioned already but placing a foam ear plug in the hammer puller saves the tips on sp jacketed bullets. I also learned the shell holder trick many moons ago. I'm shooting up some wretchedly disfigured 8mm 196gr fmj from the wrong pliers decades ago. Funny thing is they group 2-3"@100yds from my Tikka.

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    Over the years. GONRA has pulled 1000 9MM bullets and 1000 .380ACP Bullets with inertia pullers. (One broke.)
    More recently, also 1000 Czech LSC 7.62x25mm Tokarev bullets with my olde Forester Collet puller.

    >>> You gotta select a "puller" that "just happens" to fit yer application. <<<

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check