Collet Bullet Puller help....

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by etcher1, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. etcher1

    etcher1 New Member

    Mar 10, 2012
    NW Arkansas
    Wanting to purchase a bullet puller, the options I have are Hornady or RCBS. I would like the Pros and Cons. Easy of use and quality. Do they come in handgun calibers?
    Thanks in advance. :)
  2. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    I haven't messed with my collet pullers in many years.
    Not even sure where they're all at anymore.
    Last time I used em I was pulling some lacquer-sealed military stuff.

    I use a kinetic puller (hammer-style) for pretty much everything instead.
    Mine is RCBS, but they all work just fine.
    One of these and a chunk of 2"x3" hardwood (a pallet runner) for an anvil will have you set up for pretty much any caliber you're needing to salvage.

    The problem with the collet style pullers is that you need a separate collet for each bullet diameter you need to pull. That gets spendy if you're buying new. They don't work with cast lead or plated bullets. Many handgun bullets don't have enough "meat" sticking out of the case for a collet to grab onto either.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2012

  3. ryan42

    ryan42 New Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    marion indiana
    I bought a kinetic bullet hammer as well and I love mine I think it cost me 15 bucks.
  4. Appliancedude

    Appliancedude Well-Known Member

    And just where was this useful piece of info when I broke the screw cap to my kinetic and I bought the dog gone collet puller, that mucked up my cast bullets that I had to pull. hhmmmmm

    Oh yea, I guess I shoulda asked huh:mad:
  5. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    i love my kinetic mistake eraser too!
  6. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    I use a kinetic tool for quick, light work and a collet (Hornady) if I have more than just a few to do or the crimp is heavy.
  7. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    I have a hornady collet puller. Works well and leaves little damage on bullets if you set it up properly. I initially purchased it to dissasemble a large amount of reloads from an unknown reloader. Good thing I did, found 3 squibs out of 200 rounds. The advantage is clear when you need to take large amounts loaded cartriges apart. For general, now and then use a kinetic is fine.
  8. gary0529

    gary0529 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2007
    Northwestern Va.
    Will go with a +1 on 312,
    I have both types and if you are pulling more than a couple, go with the Hornady collet type.

    You don't exactly need a collet for each caliber, I have pulled 277 with the 30 and just for grits and shingles I tried the 30 on the 260 Rem and had no difficulty.

    If you have a bunch of iffy loads or just did not get the accuracy from some previously reloaded ammunition, perhaps a new barrel or new gun, you cannot beat the speed and ease of the collet type.

    When I bugger up one or two, I pull out the kinetic hammer type.

  9. V509

    V509 Active Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    Buckeye State
    Same as 312 said but....
    The Hornady has the lever which is way nicer than the RCBS I sold when I purchased the Hornady.
    The bullet damage does not show up on my targets shot by my varmint rifle (220 Swift) at 200 yards. Makes me think the damage is only visual
  10. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Another vote for the collet style puller. I do use mine for lead and plated bullets but the damage to the bullet is much more severe. If you are using the pulled bullets for plinking, they do still shoot fine, just not real pretty. Mine is the RCBS and so is the kinetic one that I use for a bullet or two.
  11. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    All above good as it gets.
  12. budman46

    budman46 New Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    you should have a kinetic...small volume, handgun or cast bullet apps, plus the odd mistake we all have occasionally, but a collet is better for large runs of rifle bullet pulling. both rcbs and hornady work with the appropriate collets, but hornady's cam is easier on the hand. rcbs's is painful after a few.
  13. etcher1

    etcher1 New Member

    Mar 10, 2012
    NW Arkansas
    Thanks for the input. I have a kinetic puller but was wanting a collet puller.
    I think I'll go with the Hornady.
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