I tried using a
Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-Ez Impact Bullet Puller
to remove the bullet from it's case. I struck the puller per
the instructions pretty hard, but it would not
separate from it's case. I didn't want to break my puller so
I gave up. I tried it again the following day with no luck.
That bullet was stuck in that case pretty tightly. It got me
to thinking that it may crimped way too tightly and it may
not be a good idea for me to fire it in my gun. I am told
that too much of a crimp can produce excessive pressures
when the round is fired leaving me with disastrous results.
Since I couldn't get it apart with a
puller, I toyed with the idea of placing the round in a
bench vise grabbing it tightly by the bullet, then use a
pair of pliers to carefully grab the mouth of the case and
slowly rotate it to loosen. I was afraid to do so after
researching everything I could find on removing a bullet
from a case with pliers so I emailed my friend and asked him
what he thought of "If I stay away from the
primer, what are the dangers? (Wearing gloves, hat, eye
protection and long sleeves)"
He replied.. "I would not rotate it in a tight fitting case. It is possible that there
may be powder fragments between the bullet and the case wall
when the case was powder filled. The rotation may cause
enough friction to ignite the powder. This may be overly
cautious but a gunpowder filled case with a crimped bullet
could cause lots of damage to
Why take the risk? Even though it
may be a
small risk it is better to play it safe. I told him I would
bring it back to the range and discard it there.