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Impact Bullet Pullers

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by country boy, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. country boy

    country boy portland area Member

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    Does anyone have any experience with impact bullet pullers? I was considering getting one, and was wondering what everybody thought of them versus press mounted bullet pullers (or whatever else you may use).

    Thanks,
    cb
     
  2. warnerwh

    warnerwh Portland, OR Member

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    I like the inertia (impact) bullet pullers because you can get it done quickly without having to deal with the press. I'm sure there are good reason for the press mounted pullers but I've not used them. The inertia bullet puller has been working on everything I load.
     
  3. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Inertia pullers work pretty good if you do not want to worry about damaging the bullets.
     
  4. RobertJ.

    RobertJ. Seaside, OR Member

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    I like them. Sometimes you have to give it a couple whacks, but I have yet to meet a bullet that won't come out. The bullet is not deformed, either.
     
  5. Dan-Dee Sales Inc

    Dan-Dee Sales Inc Sweet Home, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    if u have a heave crimp, expect to pound it a few times. Put some tissue inside if you would like to save bullets. I finally broke mine after 25+ years. Picked up a press mounted hornady and it was the best purchase of the year. So much faster if you have multiple bullets.
     
  6. bmgm37

    bmgm37 Coos Bay Active Member

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    Depends on what you are wanting to do with it. If you want to pull an occasional Mistake reloading then they work great. If you have to pull a lot of bullets then a press mounted unit works better......I have both. :D
     
  7. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    I broke two enertia pullers before I bought the press mounted puller. The enertia pullers were a pain to use with light bullets. The press mounted one works so much easier. They are more money but well worth it in your sanity alone. There is no mess and you won't wake the neighbors beating the thing like a rented mule.
     
  8. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    I have both,
    the impact kind will pull any kind of bullet,but they can and do break.
    My press style won't grab lead bullets worth a toot,just slips right off,so I use the impact one all the time because I deal in lead,friends.
     
  9. country boy

    country boy portland area Member

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    Hmm, looks like inertia puller it is since I plan on doing a lot more casting in the future.

    thanks for all the replies,
    cb
     
  10. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've used my RCBS inertia puller on everything from .38 Special up to 45-70 and 375 Ruger. Works well and I'm able to reuse the bullet every time. Not very expensive, either.
     
  11. therifleman

    therifleman kennewick Member

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    One word of advise on the rcbs enertia puller- heat it up before you start hammering it on the cement- it will last a lot longer and may not break at all. I pulled a group of about 250 with it one night I had little to do and after a lot of beating I had a bunch of re usable bullets and powder. I found out at that time you must use small base dies for ar 15 chambers!
     
  12. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The instructions with the RCBS puller state to hammer onto a block of wood.
     
  13. therifleman

    therifleman kennewick Member

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    Yes it does say that and the darn thing still breaks when its cold outside
     
  14. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    I broke mine hammering it on wood.... inside all warm and cozy.
     
  15. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Bullet pulling is about like going to the dentist. An impact puller is probably the most often used to slam apart 15-50 pieces, not much of a problem..

    Taking apart 100's is just plain lame.

    When you start taking apart your mistakes, you will soon see that shooting is the most fun, followed by reloading, and pulling apart ammo is last. jm.02c:HR
     
  16. NWPilgrim

    NWPilgrim Portland area Member

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    I use both types.

    RCBS inertia puller: I've used it for 22 years, hammering on concrete, replaced O-ring twice, no sign of breaking, easy to find replacement rings. Inertia pullers are best for heavy bullets, not very good for light bullets like for .223. Also, best for tapered handgun bullets. I have some truncated cone and semi-wad cutters that I can't see how a press puller collet could even grasp hold of it. It has a rubber pad in the nose so bullets are unmarked. I have removed literally hundreds of bullets over the years. Inerti pullers are also great for that quick one or two cartridges.

    Hornady LokNLoad puller: About $35, plus need a collet for each caliber. Once in the press it is quick to lock onto the bullet and pull it. If adjusted properly it barely mars the bullet where the collet contacts. Perfect for light bullets (probably anything under 120 gr perhaps) or a entire batch at once.
     
  17. BuckLoner

    BuckLoner Ohio New Member

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    I have owned my RCBS impact puller for more than 20 years. I have used it dozens of times and have never de-formed a bullet, rifle or pistol , lead or jacketed.
    Put a small piece of foam into the reserviore to cushion the bullet and you are Good2Go .
    I have "saved" enough bullets that the puller has paid for itself several times over. I recommend them.
    btw: Be sure to get yourself a piece of 2x4 board or similar to hit with the puller. You don`t really want a bunch of divots on the kitchen table. The Mrs. may not like that
     
  18. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Northern Idaho Member

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    I bought a cabelas brand inertia bullet puller and have pulled 200+ bullets over the years, mostly from rifle cartridges. It hasn't shown any signs of giving up yet. It cost me about $14.
     
  19. CrossHairs

    CrossHairs Tigard Active Member

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    Picked up a RCBS collet puller today to rip the heads off 100 rounds of 223 that I was suspect about. Hands down a quicker, safer and quieter job than the inertia puller for that many rounds. Still have the inertia puller and may still use it for one off's but the press mounted jobbie is a treat.
     
  20. NWPilgrim

    NWPilgrim Portland area Member

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    Yes, the inertia puller is handy because it adapts to practically every cartridge without additional collets. Just the elastic o-ring bound one. But if you have a whole batch of bullets to pull the die mounted collet puller is tops. And you can pull bullets at 6am Saturday without waking the neighbors. :D