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Thread: Best bullet puller for cast bullets ?

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    JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
    Land of 10,000 Lakes
    Quote Originally Posted by jski View Post
    I'd prefer to remove the bullets for reuse, if possible.
    I suspect you don't cast your own yet?

    I had similar thoughts about reusing cast bullets before I became a boolit caster. If the bullets you are pulling are commercially cast "Hard cast" bullets, then reusing them may work out for you. But, when I attempted to save/reuse pulled cast bullets, my attempts were futile.

  2. #22
    Boolit Man
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    Jun 2014
    Quote Originally Posted by 1Hawkeye View Post
    The rcbs hammer type puller works fine for cast bullets and if you want to try to reuse them just put a cotton ball down in puller before the round. This acts as padding so the bullet won't get deformed.
    Good tip. Thanks.
    I just pulled some 30-06 soft point bullets and the tip got smashed and deformed.
    I'll melt them down for the lead but the cost adds up when I ruined 5 or 6.

    I'm going to try the cotton tip out.
    Maybe a piece of styrofoam instead so the powder doesn't get stuck in the cotton.

  3. #23
    Boolit Master
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    Jun 2013
    Lynn Ma
    Inertia pull puller and a piece of 4x4 post. For pointed j bullets put a foam earplugs in the puller to cushion the bullet upon release. The jaws I have for the puller is from Quinetics O ring is crimped in place and split on one side jaws segments stay together but the O ring can't split/ fail.

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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    When using an inertia puller, with boolits that have been crimped in place, including Military ammo,
    seat the bullet just a tad deeper to break the crimp, it will make pulling easier.
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    Boolit Mold
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    May 2016
    Austin, TX
    The Hornady cam-lock works great for 9mm, but took me all of about 10 minutes to bust a collet tooth off in 45. It is just a bunch thinner and very unforgiving if you accidentally grab brass. That horrible crunching sound still haunts me. For 45 I do use the rcbs, and it is fine on most but not all cast shapes. For SWC's in 45, where I have very little full diameter shoulder to work with, I get enough squeeze from the 9mm collet in the Hornady grabbing the "nose" of the bullet for most.

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    Dec 2008
    Central Maryland
    I have the RCBS collet puller, two inertia (Q-netix green and Midway blue), and a pair of vice grips by the press. All of them get used, depending on the circumstances.

    I found I can usually reload my inertia pulled cast boolits, with a few caveats. It has to be not crimped, and it has to be loaded without excessive neck tension. Since I usually minimally resize rifle brass with a bushing die, and usually expand to full depth with an NOE in Lee expander die, I usually get an unmolested boolit back. However if I'm using a standard jacketed-oriented FL die and just flaring, it usually does some resizing on the cast boolit- which is why I'm phasing out that equipment for cast loads.
    I give loading advice based on my actual results in factory rifles with standard chambers, twist rates and basic accurizing.
    My goals for using cast boolits are lots of good, cheap, and reasonably accurate shooting, while avoiding overly tedious loading processes.
    The BHN Deformation Formula, and why I don't use it.
    How to find and fix sizing die eccentricity problems.
    Do you trust your casting thermometer?
    A few musings.

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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
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