bullet hammer question?

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  1. ryan42

    ryan42 New Member

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    I bought a bullet hammer today and took 75 bullets apart to redo them and my question is should I resize them again.By the way who ever invented this thing was a genious.
  2. norahc

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    You shouldn't have to resize them if they weren't fired. It is the firing that causes the case to expand to the chamber size. Then again, you may have to resize them to get the bullets to seat properly.

    Agreed to the second part of your post about the inventor.
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  3. American Leader

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    I never have, as nora above stated, expansion comes from firing. However, new brass must be sized as well.
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    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    If you do decide to resize them, be sure you do it in such a way that it doesn't pop the primer out! Remove the de-primer rod/pin.
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    They have not been fired I put the wrong charge in and want redo them.I was thinking alls I would have to do is reflare them to start the bullet before I seat the bullet again?
  6. norahc

    norahc Active Member

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    Yep.
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    ryan42 New Member

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    Just thought I would check with you all before I started loading them again thanks guys
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    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Your just having too much fun there Ryan.:)
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    ryan42 New Member

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    yes I am I love learning new things
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    I always re-size the necks on bottle-necked cases after I pull the bullets; just in case the neck tension is reduced.

    Sounds like you are talking about pistol rounds, which I've left as was the few times I had pulled bullets.
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    ryan42 New Member

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    yeah 45 acp's rifleman
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    I was always able to feel if the neck tension was weak, I'd make note of the difference of resistance with a freshly re-sized case as opposed to the pulled bullet case.

    Even if the neck tension is reduced, it'll probably not make much difference in accuracy at short range; and if you're crimping, the bullets should stay put.
  13. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Ryan, you should be able to get by with just flaring and seating. I have done that several times. I once had to do that with close to 500 .40 S&W, I almost beat myself to death with that "hammer".
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    The plastic hammer for inertia bullet removal is indeed a nice item but here are a couple of tips:

    Use it on a hard surface or the inertia will not remove the bullet.

    Don't clean it with any spray cleaners, especially those that use a propellant that comes out freezer cold. Years ago I did that and the instant the cold propellant hit the plastic it turned into a million small cracks. The plastic must be pre-tensioned somehow and under stress to allow it to absorb the hammer blows. The cold propellant over stressed it and made it useless.

    LDBennett
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    Thanks for the tips I just removed 75 bullets and that was enough for me.I couldnt imagine doing 500.The good thing is you can reuse everything ,nothing gets damaged in the process.When I clean it ill probably just use a dry rag to wipe it out.
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    I've never cleaned mine. Just knock out as much of the powder as possible. I suppose a dry paper towel or rag would do the trick.
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    I actually knocked a hole inthe floor of my reloading room beneath the carpet with my kinetic hammer. i was dismantling some steel core penetrator .308s to salvage the bullets. Didnt even realize I did it til the wife hollered at me the next day. She stepped in it.
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    ryan42 New Member

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    thats alot of hammering JLA
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    Good thing she didn't take your bullet hammer and make one in your head. :D

    I found a large, flat rock that I set on my reloading bench just for this purpose. It is about 6"x4"x8".
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    I have a half brick on the floor under my reloading bench that works fine.

    JLA, that must be some strong kinetic puller you have; surprised it didn't break first. :)
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