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Old January 23rd, 2003, 09:53
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Some of the surplus pull-down bullets I purchased have "grip" marks and cut marks on them. Was wondering if those are toast or if they can be safely reloaded.

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Old January 23rd, 2003, 11:52
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Pulled surplus bullets generally work well,even with pull marks.Thay arent exactly match grade bullets to begin with so a few scuffs and scrapes wont matter much. Within reason of course!A problem you will run into with bullets pulled with a impact puller is bent tips....now THAT will cause problems!Something I do with surplus bullets,in my case,.308, is if I run across one that looks a little worse than it should,I run it thru a Lee .308 cast bullet sizing die with a shot of WD-40 ...generally brings it to an acceptable level.
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Old January 23rd, 2003, 11:54
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It depends.
Thin jacketed bullets: NO
Out of round bullets: NO
Burrs that stick out: NO
Slight dents in thick jacketed bullets: YES
Large marks in relation to bullet size:NO
Dents on the driving band of the bullet: maybe but not good.
Dents on the curved nose: YES
Bent bullets: NO
It really depends is the answer dents that would ruin a .224 or .308 cal. bullet may be fine on a .50 cal.

More info on the bullet type and some pics if possible would help.
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Old January 23rd, 2003, 21:41
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I suppose, Tim W, that you have purchased ex-mil bullets for reloading and use for target/plinking etc?. The supply firm have probably used a quick type of collet-puller and then they sold the brass and powder separately after buying in bulk mil-surp for bargain prices at auction/tender from Govn't. [Very lucrative for them and lucky for you maybe!]

Myself- I buy the milsurp from my bulk supplier (7.62x39 "SKS" for my .303BR SMLE mainly)then I use a Quinectics(?spelling?)inertia-puller (hammer-type)with a good tapered bullet-trap. This stops any damage to FMJs. But civillian lead tips need a bit of tissue paper as well, to stop marking and blunting. [It is a hassel, but worth it as Sierra bullets are up to 50C AUD each here.]

I would give your projectiles a good 1hr tumble in green corn-cob Lyman media and then examine and reject any as neccessary -as per stmrdr's wise words above.

Do make sure that the bullets are weighed to comfirm the ballistics you are using.

But cheer up- your's do not sound too bad from your post.
Maybe IMHO it sometimes pays to remember cosmetics are rarely practically needed downrange! [Just look at a fired bullet from the butts/berm/beast and see what a mess they look like.......]

Have fun, carefully- BB
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Old January 26th, 2003, 17:06
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if you're like me, that gong or clump of dirt or TV or washing machine will never know.....but if i'm shooting a match, probably not.
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Default Re: using pulled surplus bullets

I had a bunch of Century no-fire 308 from over 10 years back and had to pull the bullets and they worked ok on new brass I reloaded.
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