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Advise needed on pulling crimped NATO bullets

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by erudne, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    I got stuck with some badly corroded 762 NATO ball ammo. I would like to pull the bullets for plinking
    What is the best way to go about this?
    Thanks
     
  2. Mookywater

    Mookywater Oregon New Member

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    Safest way is a bullet puller. Used around 10 bucks.
     
  3. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    get yourself an rcbs .30 cal collet bullet puller.
     
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  4. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Before you pull them set your seating die to push the bullets slightly deeper to 'break' the corrosion and any sealant that may have been used.
     
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  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    excellent advise
     
  6. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    This is what I use but some may recommend the 'hammer' style puller. Personally I have no experience with this style but it is less expensive than the collet style and I have heard they work ok. The collet style will require buying separate 'collets' for different calibers but is 'quiet' to use, allows you to use your press and is essentially a lifetime investment. The hammer style is plastic and will no doubt be prone to wear and breakage but It's not like it will be used everyday so choose wisely.
     
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  7. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    I have the hammer style, & it's OK for pistol rounds, or a few rifle cartridges to pull, but for a rifle round that is firmly seated, they're a pain in the butt. I share with my reloading buddies when I want to purchase a new collet, & we spread the cost.
     
  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have used my RCBS hammer type puller now for 25+ years I haven't noticed any wear and its sure working like new. Granted I have never pulled 1000 sealed crimped .308 NATO bullets with it. But if you follow RVTECH's advise and push the bullet down a few mm before pulling you will have broken the seal and opened the crimp. In which case the bullet will pop out very easy.

    And just to be clear I bang my RCBS Hammer puller down on a small steel anvil that does not give. And I have swung it very hard a LOT of times over the years with no damage to the hammer.
     
  9. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks for the helpful info, I have a hammer type puller and an anvil, I will try one round as suggested to see if it works, but as a person that has swung that hammer many times to get one bullet out I'm opting for the collet style if the hammer fails!
     
  10. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    'Poor Man's' bullet puller - unscrew any dies in your press. Find a pair of pliers that the jaws will enter into the die opening about half way. Place round in shell holder and raise until the bullet protrudes up through the die opening. Grasp the bullet with the pliers and hold the handles tightly. Slowly retract the round and if the pliers jaws have a good grip on the bullet it will pull free. With a little practice you can learn to negate the scratches on the bullet. For plinking The target will never notice and will not necessarily be inaccurate either.
     
  11. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    I used the bullet seater w/hammer type puller, it works great!
    Now what to do with all that powder :)
     
  12. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Did you weigh the charge from the first round you pulled? If so use the powder to reload the 'new' rounds with.
     
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  13. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    profit!
     
  14. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Yes I weighed the powder from 10 different rounds, I will average them for the reload
     
  15. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    I pulled the bullets and ran them through my case tumbler, As I feared the black stains on the bullets was iron oxide which had eaten through the copper plating on the bullets. About 30% of the bullets (1 pound) have oxide on the O-jive and I'm afraid it will become imbedded in the bore if I shoot them, I can clean them again, but is it worth the trouble?
     
  16. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    If the oxide is on the narrower part of the ogive and will not make contact with the barrel I would shoot them. For an extra measure of security roll the bullets after loading in a wad of 4/0 steel wool to remove as much of the oxide as you can. I am currently burning through 1000's of NOS Speer 125 gr SP 9mm bullets which had lead oxide on the SP portion. Hours of tumbling got most of it off but some of them are still white with the oxide but the gun and targets are not complaining. Heck I have even loaded some of them in .38 Special for plinkers.