Bullet Puller

Veryolddog

Hand Press
Bullet Pullers - there seems to be plenty on the market, I have inertia hammer and RCBS, a couple of guys have the Hornady, then there is the Grip Job. I am also aware that there is the Forster Bullet Puller. How many more on the market. So which one is the best?

Right now I have a small basket of bullets in a variety of calibers, that need to be separated. I have put this off because it is tedious and not very interesting. So what is the right buy?
 
I ordered a std rifle a little while ago myself.
In the past, I've done rifle rounds with a heavy washer and pliers like Highboy and Walter mentioned. It works, but pretty tough on the bullet sometimes.
I've also used an old RCBS inertia model as well. I'm just not a big fan of banging the heck out of something containing over 40 grains of powder and a primer behind it. It just makes me nervous in my old age...lol.
I think it was on here, or maybe Reloading Central on FB, where one exploded in an inertia model. The pics looked ugly but the guy didn't get hurt. Probably scared the living daylights out of him though. I know it would make me jump about 10 feet.
 

walterbunning

Load Data Eligible Ruger Blackhawk
Staff member
Bullet Pullers - there seems to be plenty on the market, I have inertia hammer and RCBS, a couple of guys have the Hornady, then there is the Grip Job. I am also aware that there is the Forster Bullet Puller. How many more on the market. So which one is the best?
...and don’t forget Frankford Arsenal’s “Pile Driver” puller
 

Reb Tyree

Load Data Elibible CZ75B SA
I don't think that its possible not to pull a bullet from a case and not damage it somehow.I watched the videos on the new bullet puller and in theory it should work.

Johnny's Reloading Bench also has a video using the new bullet puller and in his video it also leaves marks on the bullet.

I've been using the Rcbs Kinetic bullet puller for over 35 + years, so far I guess I've been lucky so far. 🙂

Reb
 

infobros

Load Data Eligible SigSaur 1911
Staff member
I have a kinetic hammer that I sort of inherited when I bought a box of tools and components a while back from a friend at work. I even bought a set of replacement parts for it. In all honesty, while I have used it I just don't feel comfortable while doing so. I bought a collet puller die. If I remember right it is the RCBS and I keep it in my little Lee Breechlock Loader, I swap it out with my Mighty Armory Universal decap die. If I get a little heavy on the grip it does mar the bullet but I just put it aside and use it for either a dummy round or load it for plinking and I feel much more comfortable using this method.
 

Veryolddog

Hand Press
Ok....I got motivated this morning and brought out my basket of bullets that required to be separated. I mounted my RCBS bullet pullet on the Redding T-7 and placed in the appropriate collet for the respective caliber. This is what I found.

  1. The bullet collet that I selected for the 38/357 caliber did not work. It was too small. I will have to order a .366 diameter to get those bullets into the collet and not use a .357 diameter.
  2. 9 mm round nose does not work.
  3. 9 mm hollow points work very smoothly without any damage to the bullet.
  4. 45 ACP hollow points work very smoothly without any damage to the bullet.
  5. 223 caliber bullets remove very easy without much pressure and the bullet is reusable.
  6. You do not have to tighten these bullets with a lot of pressure for it to work.
7 Since I collect all rejects in a basket regardless of run or caliber, all of the powder is rejected.
8. All powder is dropped into my flower beds to green up my plants and stimulate growth.

Bottom line, the RCBS collet syle bullet puller has a useful place on the work bench. For those calibers with a round nose, I will use the inertia hammer to separate the bullets and the case. The RCBS seems to work very easily with rifle bullets and pistol hollow points.

I do not intend to purchase any further bullet reloading equipment as the hammer and RCBS will fit my requirements.
 
I like the grip n pull but I do end up putting some light scratches on the bullets.

Jim
Same here. Mine was delivered today and already had ten 123gr SMKs in .260 cases that I needed to pull. I got some light scratches on em as well, but they're reusable for punching paper. I'm pushing 70 years old so my hand strength is probably no where near what it once was. After about 6-7 pulls, I had to go find a pair of gloves to pull the rest of em. But yeah, it works pretty good and it's quick. I like it.
 

Veryolddog

Hand Press
Same here. Mine was delivered today and already had ten 123gr SMKs in .260 cases that I needed to pull. I got some light scratches on em as well, but they're reusable for punching paper. I'm pushing 70 years old so my hand strength is probably no where near what it once was. After about 6-7 pulls, I had to go find a pair of gloves to pull the rest of em. But yeah, it works pretty good and it's quick. I like it.
I know that feeling with respect to the hands especially my fingers where I have a lot of arthritis in the joints which resulted in some finger twisting. But you adapt, improvise and overcome.

On bullet pullers, I just received my RCBS .366 inch collet to pull 357 magnum/ 38 caliber bullets. Really works well and hardly have to use any tightening and pressure with no bullet damage. I also used it on all of my 9mm Round Nose bullets that I could not pull the last time using the .355 inch collet. I think that I am going to try to do the same thing with 45 ACP bullets. I was really surprised on how many bullets were re-usable.
 
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