Reuse Pulled Bullets???

jarnold37

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If they don’t look damaged or deformed, I would use the for hunting,
I have quit using hammer type inertia puller. I started using cutting pliers and removing die then clamp on to the bullet just sticking out of the top of my press. Yes it leaves definite marks, but as bullets have become more valuable I have reused them with no effect whatsoever. Have not shot an animal with them but wouldn't hesitate to do so. Accuracy seems unaffected.
 

Gater

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There’s a guy that did a test he took five bullets smashed the tips with a hammer the groups opened up about 2” at 100 he then cut the tips off shot five the group was smaller than perfect bullets shot then he bent the tips group opened up bout 3” then he took a file and put a nick in the back of the bullet those shot worse than any of the ones with nose damage. So it’s your choice I have shot pulled burger 80.5 and they shot as good as the rest
 

backwoodsshooter

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So I've loaded 50-300wsm with Nosler Accubond180gr bullets I pulled with an Impact Hammer. The tips look good.
Question: Would you use them only as paper puncher's or would you hunt with them?

as long as you’re minute minute of venison at 100yards use them to hunt. if they are minute of the side of the barn at 100 then either pull them or shootem
 

Mike Matteson

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For one I generally don't get that far out in front of me loading ammo, except on proven loads. Then it's generally in the 40 to 60 round amount. In reading to blog's having ammo that sitting around for sometime or years aren't as accurate as fresh ammo. Normally if hunting I am only shooting 1 to 3 rounds, and mostly only 1. I do check my zero at the range, and that only takes less than 10 rounds or so. So the ammo doesn't get used up. Although I have read that resetting the bullets loosen the hold on the bullets, which they say is a good thing. I am going to have to investigate this at the range to see what happens. There is ranges in Montana that are fairly close to me there. I do like the input. See you can teach an old fart new tricks.
 

NorthernHunter67

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There’s a guy that did a test he took five bullets smashed the tips with a hammer the groups opened up about 2” at 100 he then cut the tips off shot five the group was smaller than perfect bullets shot then he bent the tips group opened up bout 3” then he took a file and put a nick in the back of the bullet those shot worse than any of the ones with nose damage. So it’s your choice I have shot pulled burger 80.5 and they shot as good as the rest
Very interesting.
 

del2les

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I've used quite a few pulled bullets, both commercial and personal, and unless there is fairly obvious damage, I have found they perform well.
The damage to a bullet from the high pressure engraving from the rifling of varied bore sizes and condition is far worse than any damage from pulling bullets...within reason.
 

jarnold37

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I've used quite a few pulled bullets, both commercial and personal, and unless there is fairly obvious damage, I have found they perform well.
The damage to a bullet from the high pressure engraving from the rifling of varied bore sizes and condition is far worse than any damage from pulling bullets...within reason.
Read an article several years ago, before affordable bore scopes, about the condition of some rifle bores. The writer of the article had a borescope and said it would be shocking if you could grab the bullet out of the air after exiting the muzzle after going down the bore. Some bullets would be very damaged due to rust and pits in the bore from lack of proper cleaning. He had a customers 22-250 that some of the bullets would not make it to the 100 yard target due to flying apart due to gouged jacket. The bullets that did make it were keyholing hitting target sideways.
 

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