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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?
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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.
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?newcategorydimensionid=12791
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.
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?newcategorydimensionid=12792
 

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I bought a kinetic bullet hammer as well and I love mine I think it cost me 15 bucks.
 

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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.
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?newcategorydimensionid=12792
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:
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

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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
 

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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.
 

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All above advice....as good as it gets.
 

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etcher,
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.
 

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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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