Every once in awhile something ends up on the reloading bench that is worth mentioning. The something this time is the Grip-N-Pull bullet puller. This is a well thought out, well designed, well made bullet pulling tool. Not a rehash of existing technology but a whole new way of pulling bullets. And it's darn handy and much more convenient than what I've been using for many years.
My first impression of the tool(s) was it good looks, feels great with great fit and finish. It’s made of the correct material. Workmanship is first class. The tool is KISS at its finest.
The two units cover all of the rifle calibers. There are pistol bullet pullers also but I'm interested only in rifles. The Standard Rifle model covers 17 through 30 calibers. The Large Rifle model covers 8mm to 458 calibers.
I used the Grip-N-Pull to pull hand loaded bullets in .224, .277 .308, 375 calibers. All bullets were pulled with the intention of reuse. I visually inspected, miked and spun enough of each pulled bullet in the several calibers to assure myself that there were no scratches or mechanical deformation. It did take a couple of tries to get the correct grip, not too heavy and not too light, with the smaller caliber bullets. Once I got the “hang” of it, things went smoothly. I scratched only three 224-caliber bullets and none of the other calibers.
I shot sufficient number of Nosler and Berger bullets pulled with the Grip-N-Pull in 270 and 338 calibers to prove to myself that accuracy of pulled bullets wasn’t affected.
The instructions indicate that the Grip-N-Pull shouldn’t be used on factory-crimped cartridges. I tried some factory 308s and had no success. My grip isn’t what it used to be. Darn it! Another more robust individual had no trouble pulling the factory 308s.
The Grip-N-Pull isn’t a variation of one an existing bullet-pulling concept. It is a completely new and innovative tool and excels when compared with impact and collet type pullers. Setup is nearly instantaneous. There is no spilled powder and the pulled bullet doesn’t stick in the collet. In short it is handy, fast and does the job well.
Being an off the wall kind of guy I found a couple of unintended uses for the Grip-N-Pull. I have a cleaning rod that allows the jag and brush to unscrew themselves after several passes while cleaning the bore. It’s quite bothersome. The 20-17 position on the Standard Rifle Grip-N-Pull works nicely as a wrench without fear of marring the cleaning rod.
The second unintended use was discovered as I noticed that several cases required greater pressure when seating bullets. I had neck turned the brass and confirmed uniform neck thickness with the ball micrometer. Why the increased seating effort? I had zeroed the rifle and loaded only 10 cartridges for drop validation. I set aside the 3 that showed increased seating pressure. I was going to see there was a difference in grouping. The Grip-N-Pull was handy so I checked “neck tension” by pulling all 10 of the loaded bullets. The 3 that were more difficult to seat were also more difficult to pull. I trust my “Feel”. It turned out that the harder to seat bullets were the “good” ones. The others were off normal. The cause of the problem was, when neck cleaning; I picked up an oily nylon brush instead of the dry brush dedicated for the task. With very little effort and no fear of damaging bullets I was able to learn that I need, as usual, to be more careful.
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