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    Reusing bullets from old round

    I have approx 80 308-7.62x51 winchester match fmj from lapua,180 grain. I bought them from my local rfd approx 18 months ago. They look quite old judging by the packaging. When cleaning brass after firing i noticed a small split on the body approx 4mm up from the head of brass. Bit of a shame because they performed reasonably well in my gun. Can i reuse the bullets if i strip them out, they are quite old. Are there any issues in reusing the bullets. They are the d46 bullet, which means very little to me due to lack of experience. What has caused the small split in the body? Thanks.

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    That brass IS probably pretty old. Even in stored - unused brass - a sort of workhardening takes place, which might be blamed on excessive hardening and not enough annealing at the case mouth so splits can occurr. I found it once in a very old batch of H&H 300 mag Remington cartridges.
    Be sure to examine the unfired cartridges for splits, but as they are now suspect - I'd ditch or dismantle the lot and re-use the bullets if you feel the need.
    A can of used sump oil is excellent for immobilising the primers in the emptied and unfired cases. Just dump them in.

    Cheap and cheerful - the Kinetic bullet puller by RCBS is an easy tool to use. It now has a nylon shank owing to my interfering as the original alloy ones continually snapped.
    If you can find any, cut or punch some tight fitting circular wads from high density foam kipmats and stuff a couple of them in the bottom of the puller well. This ensures no bullet nose damage when they flip out of the case.
    Any fine foam stuffed in will do at a pinch.

    Good luck.

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    Eddie, have a look at the Camlock bullet pullers, not overly expensive if you are breaking any quantities.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Finn - can you humour me please ? How does the Camlock work ? I know that there are various pullers about but never researched them. Is there a website whereI can see one ?

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    Have a quick look on Midway UK , Hornady etc, essentially a die body with a calibre specific collet wich grips the bullet(not the head), on bringing down the cam lock lever , you then withdraw the bullet by moving the press lever back, (loading the bullet in reverse), no marks, no deformation, no loud banging of hammers, no swearing , etc. around 20.00 ish. Steve.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Allow me...

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    • Pull black lever back, loaded round goes up
    • Red lever down, collet locks around bullet
    • Push black lever forward, case comes down minus the bullet

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    A useful tip is to seat the bullets a tad deeper before pulling them. Laquered or just oxidized bullets will pull easier if you break them free first.~Muir

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    Thanks Steve. Also thanks for the comments on bats. I find life a lot more fun if I have a sense of the ridiculous and don't take myself too seriously - despite my somewhat long-winded dissertations.

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    Thanks Admin. Much obliged. I confess to wincing a bit at the racket I have had to make - AND the thought of the primer sitting in there above a load of powder.

    The alloy collets which seat into the extractor groove tend to rip away after a bit of sustained battering as well.

    Maybe I'll treat myself - although I don't busy myself at reloading so much as I used-to now that I'm retired.

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