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Thread: How not to decap!

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    Boolit Master dikman's Avatar
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    How not to decap!

    Putting your finger in the way is NOT a good idea!
    I was decapping some .44-40s yesterday, using my Lee turret press. I still don't know how it happened, but my left index finger ended up on top of the case, resulting in the obvious - the decapping pin went into my finger at the first joint!! I'm not sure how far in it went (and I don't want to know) but I think it's going to take a while to heal.

    Dumb! Dumb! Dumb!

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    Ouch ! Be careful, puncture wounds infect very easily.

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    Clean it out good and dress it with a good drawing salve as the pin carried powder fouling and primer fouling into the wound with it. Keep a close eye on it for a few days. Hope it heals fast for you

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    Ive done that exact same thing only I didnt make it as far as you did. Definately makes you pay attention from that point on!

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    Turpentine. Will save you a lot of soreness...

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    If you are changing the dies in a Lyman 450 the handle can fall and the top punch can punch through your thumb nail. Ask me how I know?

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    ouch! I've squished my finger but not tried decapping it yet, I think I'll pass on that experience.
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    If it went INTO the joint that could be a problem- adjacent to the joint not so much. Also the extensor tendon is very shallow over the top of the joint. Hope you didn't injure it. Not that I do this stuff for a living or anything...
    At one with the gun.

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    Man that made my butt pucker!
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    im sure that smarted! in the joint is about as bad a place as you could manage to hit. hope it didnt cause any long term damage.

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    I don't think there's been any damage done (I hope). Hurts like hell if I knock it, just waiting for it to stop weeping (which is probably good 'cos it should carry any gunk out with it). Slightly swollen at the moment. I cringe when I look at the decapping pin as I had it set a little longer than necessary.

    Oh well, could have been worse, I guess.

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    I Hope it wasn't your trigger finger.

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    Soaking in Epsom salt might help.
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    I got the pin along the edge of my finger nail once a few years ago. Hope it heals well for you.

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    I tend to rush chores like this. I did 2000+ .223 cases a while ago and managed to injure my index finger. Not nearly as bad as dikman but it did smart and bleed all over the place.

    And yes, it is a chore. If I really enjoyed reloading, and took my time, I would not get pinched as often as I do. Putting bullets on top of cases in a progressive is the other area I have had issues. But I am getting bullet feeder dies to address that.
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    could be worse Attachment 202745
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    dverna, I've found the boolit feeder on my Lee Loadmaster is great for keeping fingers out of the way! Pity I can't use it on the turret press. (Hmmm......??).

    Just took off the band-aid and had a closer look. Swollen and stiff, but it looks like it missed the joint by about 2 mm (just forward). Put on some Betadine, but as long as there's no infection I reckon I'll be right in a few days. Glad it wasn't the finger nail, they can be nasty and take longer to heal.

    Luckydawg, if I'd applied a bit more force to the loading leaver that could well have happened (but from the underside). I had a nice round imprint on the skin from the case!

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    You probably won't do that again.
    I hope is heals soon.

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    Making my living as a mechanic has me cringing and physically moved by the posts in this thread. I will not be returning to it. I can feel each one of them.

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    Having a damaged finger joint really sucks especially if it's next to a missing finger.
    Seeing I no longer heal like I used to, I douse all wounds with hydrogen peroxide to help clean them then a coat of ointment and bandage for insurance.

    Let us know how your range of motion is when the swelling goes down

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