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Thread: Budget Bullet Puller

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    Boolit Master Drm50's Avatar
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    Jun 2016
    SE Ohio
    I find if I want to salvage j bullets with no damage the Hornady puller is the fastest with no damage. The plier method is faster but usually ends up with more damaged bullets. Hammer is
    slowest and can be rough duty on some crimped ammo.

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    Jun 2013
    SW Minnesota
    Those cheap 55 grain plinking J-words have weights all over the place! Good enough for target shooting though!

    Quote Originally Posted by Grmps View Post
    I just got done pulling basically 500 cartridges my friend gave me because some rounds in the first clip didn't return the bolt to battery.

    Out of that 500:

    1 cartridge had no powder
    2 cartridges had seriously compressed loads
    there were 3 different weight and 4 different types of J-Words
    the [55 gn] J-Word bullets weigh from 54.1 gn to 55.4
    there were 3 types of powder
    A handful of bullets appeared to have been glued in
    12 cases with damaged necks these I'll convert to 300 AC or 7.62x25
    a couple dozen bullets practically fell out of the cases these I'll convert to 300 AC or 7.62x25
    the [55 gn} bullets weigh from 54.1 gn to 55.4
    Most appeared to have been OK but several would have been a problem

  3. #23
    Boolit Master

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    I've done this for years but I just use whatever pair of side cutting pliers that is close to hand. I use a bullet puller if I want to salvage the bullet.

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    Jul 2016
    If you size the hole right, 99% of the J-words are reusable.

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    Maine, Just north of Bangor
    I've had an RCBS since 1979 and still going strong. That being said they seem pretty much the same. I'd buy which ever one your local LGS sells.
    Sometimes it takes a second box of boolits to clear my head.
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    Boolit Master Oklahoma Rebel's Avatar
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    outside of Sand Springs, N.E. OK
    I actually have to do this with about 24 44 mag loads that I sized at .430, and they leaded, so I am going to use a socket or pvc pipe to pull them, and have the expander already in the press, so I can pull expand, then seat a 431 ( which does not lead, I already know) I will have the seater ready in my 2nd press, so I can pull, expand, and seat, in three fairly quick successions.
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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