Re: Which Collet Bullet Puller for .45-70?
I have been using the same RCBS kinetic puller for a little over 35 years. I have not had any broken handles, heads, or caps. It has the original collet in it, the little rubber O ring broke about 10 years ago and a visit to the hardware store took care of that problem. I have smacked it on wood, cement, and granite without anything breaking. That is not saying that it won't break the next time I use it, but I figure I got my moneys worth out of it.
I do also have the changeable collet type RCBS that works with the reloading press. I have 5 different collets that range from .204 cal to .40 caliber. The .30 caliber collet gets the biggest work out. They work very well for getting the bullet out of the case with very little damage to the bullet and NO damage to the brass. It is particularly handy when pulling the .308 because I use a lot of Hornady A-max bullets and the kinetic puller will smash the plastic tip on the bullet when it hits bottom.
No matter what brand of puller you get, any time you tighten a collet onto a bullet, it is going to leave an indention (ring) around the bullet. I have never found this to be a problem with the accuracy of that ringed bullet, it is just not a pretty as an unpulled bullet.
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