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I have always been paranoid when pulling. I had hoped the plastic would not be strong enough to allow pressure enough for what happened to you. I'm glad you were not injured.

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19 hours ago, m700 said:

So its ok to throw live ammo in the trash?(not being argumentative really want to know)

 

That's not what I would consider "best practice", many ranges have live ammo disposal bins.

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5 minutes ago, 4n2t0 said:

 

That's not what I would consider "best practice", many ranges have live ammo disposal bins.

 

To be safer (I don't think there's any reason to, but) soak the rounds in oil for a few days.

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I used to wonder about a misfire detonating when I dropped it on the ground. Then I had a misfire in a 500 S&W. As the cartridge was falling (in slow motion), I realized it might have been better to step off the concrete first so it would land on dirt, but it would probably be ok. I was wrong and it made the usual very loud bang. Nothing touched me but I searched everywhere for remnants. I expected the bullet to be laying nearby but nothing. No brass, no bullet and no un-burnt powder. Now I know.

 

On a totally unrelated note, I used to wonder if I could get a blowout on a tire that wasn't mounted on a vehicle..., now I know.

 

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The cartridge wasn't being supported so it should have just popped the bullet out of the brass. I'm not sure why you didn't find anything, weird.

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8 minutes ago, 4n2t0 said:

The cartridge wasn't being supported so it should have just popped the bullet out of the brass. I'm not sure why you didn't find anything, weird.

 

While in theory you are correct, that's not usually how it happens in real life. 

Cases shred, primer is sometimes ejected, projectile can be tossed a good distance.  I've seen pieces from a .40 s&w case impale themselves into a HDPE container a couple of feet away. 

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28 minutes ago, Ssanders224 said:

 

While in theory you are correct, that's not usually how it happens in real life. 

Cases shred, primer is sometimes ejected, projectile can be tossed a good distance.  I've seen pieces from a .40 s&w case impale themselves into a HDPE container a couple of feet away. 

 

Maybe but they've acted like that every time I've seen it. Even if you throw them into a fire, it's just like popcorn, lol. I can't understand why a free falling cartridge would do anything you stated above but I guess life's funny like that, eh? 

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I expected to find some pieces. My best guess is that the only brass I could buy at the time was Magtech which was very thick walled, much thicker than what the Hornady factory ammo used, allowing the powder to build a little more pressure. If I recall the powder was Titegroup which is fast for that caliber.

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On ‎11‎/‎19‎/‎2019 at 8:27 AM, Sarge said:

Could it have been static discharge that set it off? If you barely touched it that seems just as likely a cause as anything. If flash hole was exposed static may have set off powder instead of primer if the round was loaded.

 

I guess it is possible? The round was not loaded,  I caught it when it was misprimed at the priming station.

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34 minutes ago, Intel6 said:

 

I guess it is possible? The round was not loaded,  I caught it when it was misprimed at the priming station.

Hard to tell I guess. I suppose anything is possible.

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I don't always use a kinetic bullet puller, but when I do.......

 

I open the garage side door and strike the puller on the sidewalk outside the door with the door between me and the puller.

 

Nolan

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4 hours ago, Nolan said:

I don't always use a kinetic bullet puller, but when I do.......

 

I open the garage side door and strike the puller on the sidewalk outside the door with the door between me and the puller.

 

Nolan

Holy paranoia Batman!

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That's crazy, I've pulled hundreds and never had an issue. Other than my wife threatening me if I dont stop with the noise.

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19 hours ago, Sarge said:

Holy paranoia Batman!

 

It's not paranoia if they ARE out to get you Robin!

 

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I've been using the same kinetic puller since 2002 and finally broke it this weekend. Never had an issue with it up till now, hopefully the next one is at least half as good. 

 

Even if a round were to go off in the puller, I don't have the case pointed at my face or body anyway, so I'm not too concerned about it. 

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Wow glad your ok I have a pile of stuff that needs to be pulled and have been hesitant to do so it’s off to scrap now not even going to bother

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I only use wood surfaces when using my hammer bullet puller, never have I had an issue, same one for the last 10 years.

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