Pulling Bullets

fatbacks

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I have a bunch of loads that didn't show any promise and I pulled the bullets from the cases. What does everyone do when loading up those cases again? Do you run them through a full length sizing die again? Put in new primers?

Also, what's the best thing to do with the pulled bullets? I use a collet puller so they are in pretty good shape but I don't think I would trust them compared to a new bullet.
 

rodell

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I shoot pulled bullets all the time (pulled with a RCBS collet puller). I've never seen any discernible difference between the pulled bullets and the "new" ones. I've never destroyed a bullet by pulling it apart, either, during the profess.

I always resize (at least the neck) after pulling. It is about consistency and I want all the loads to start in the same place. If you crimped, then you certainly need to resize. If not, it probably doesn't matter THAT much but it is a variable. The hardness of your brass will play a role as well.
 

16Bore

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Just take out the decaping pin or else you’ll get quite a pop. Also VISUALLY inspect the cases to be sure there’s no powder in them. If it was a compressed load you might have to dig a little.

If you take primers out, do it sloooow and steady.
 

tdot

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I inspect the neck and load again. If I'm pulling bullets, then I'm often working on a ladder test or some other part of load development. I will reuse the case and bullet at some early, less critical portion of the process. No specific reason other then I dont have to question results that I achieve closer to maximum pressure and/or closer to the final load.
 

Mike 338

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Resize w/new primers. I'd keep the primers but the die pops them out. Consistent neck tension is important if your loading for accuracy so that's why I resize.
 

Wrench

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If loading for accuracy, the neck will have been stretched and should be resized. As mentioned above, remove the de capping pin or toss the primer and go new.
 
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if you are just pulling the bullet I see no reason to resize the case because the case is not expanding and the neck might by a couple of thousands no more than if you ran it threw a sizing die. Just my 2 cent
 

tdot

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I was able to run a little experiment today. I had to pull 7 bullets this morning. Since I was loading up 50 fire forming loads, I reloaded those 7 bullets into the same cases.

I shot the 7 as a separate group. Velocity was with a lab radar. The group sizing and POI were very similar to other groups I shot, however Velocity ES increased from about 8fps to 30fps.
 
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