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Pulling The Bullet From A 22LR Round Of Ammunition

  
  

I received an email with a question about pulling the bullet from a 22LR cartridge. I never did that before so I took one apart and took the following pictures to show the powder, bullet and case that make up the cartridge.

 

22LR Ammo Round That Has Been Pulled Apart With A Bullet Puller
22LR Ammo Round That Has
Been Pulled Apart

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Pictures of a 22LR round of a dis-assembled Federal Brand (bulk) ammunition showing the powder, casing and bullet that make up the round. Also shown is a factory round of to show what it looked like before it was taken apart and a 9MM FMJ bullet to show for size comparison purposes.

Parts Of A 22LR Round Of Ammunition
22LR round parts
22LR round that has been pulled apart shown with complete round
Powder, bullet and case of 2LR round
Powder, bullet and case of 2LR round
22LR Casing
22LR Casing
22LR Bullet
22LR Bullet
22LR Casing
22LR Casing
22LR Casing 2
22LR Casing
22LR Bullet & Case
Bullet & Case
22LR Bullet
22LR
22LR Case, 22LR Bullet, 9MM Bullet
22LR Case & Bullet
22LR Bullet & 9MM Luger Bullet
22LR Bullet & 9MM Luger Bullet 2
22LR & 9MM Luger
22LR Bullet & 9MM Luger Bullet 3

The 22LR Cartridge That Was Pulled Apart

The cartridge that was pulled apart was a Federal 22LR round, high velocity, 36 grain, copper plated, hollow point round taken from a box of 525 Round Value Pack, 22 Long Rifle box of ammunition.

WARNING - Don't use and impact type puller to remove the bullet from rimfire cartridges. Rimfire cartridges contain explosive primer in the rim of the cartridge. The impact type puller holds the cartridge by it's rim. Impact may set off the cartridge.

 

Feedback & Comments

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Pulling The Bullet Off A 22 Caliber Long Rifle Cartridge

Can a press be used to pull the one off a .22 caliber LR cartridge with a davidson puller? What type of press, collate, shell holder, dies, etc. are needed?
John

Response - John,
I don't know. I never tried. I always use my impact puller to remove them. I never pulled apart a 22lr round, so out of curiosity I tried one with my puller and took some pictures. Not too much powder in those.
Tanner

Follow-up Email
You used a impact puller? They are not recommended for rim-fire cartridges, because the casing is held by the rim and the impact can set off the cartridge. That is why I was asking how to use a press and what die, shell holder, collate, etc. is needed.
John

Response -John,
Thanks for the warning.
That was stupid of me. I should have known better.
Tanner

Follow-up Email
Hi Tanner, Do you have a press to do all the reloading operations on center fire ammo? If you do, again, what type or size of shell holder, bullet holder is needed for working on a 22 LR cartridge? Is there such size attachments for the 22 cartridge?
John

Response -John,
My press is the Lee Classic Turret Press. It is capable of reloading a many different calibers but I don't know about ALL.

I just checked the Lee website http://leeprecision.com/ and couldn't find anything mention of 22 long rifle ammo.

I don't think that they or anyone makes equipment or attachments for working on 22 lr ammo (or at least I couldn't find any), since they are not re-loadable. If you don't mind me asking, what are you trying to do with the 22lr ammo?
Tanner

Follow-up Email
Hi Tanner, I want find an easier way to pull the bullet off a 22 LR called Aguila Colbri. It has no powder, just the rim primer to drive the lead bullet. It is real quit and low powered. I pull the bullet with a RW Hart Plier Type Puller and regular pliers then replace the bullet with a wax one sold by 3 web sites that I know of. They say that the RW Hart Pliers are used with a press to pull the bullet. And they are talking about .22 hornet type cartridges. The RW pliers hold the case near the bullet not next to the rimfire. The case does not deform when it comes off, but again it is hard pulling it hand.

I read an article on some web site that he used a press and some holders for reloading a .22 Win Magnum Rimfire using .25 caliber holders and a press, but that cartridge casing is larger then a .22 LR rimfire casing isn't it. He also does not mention the type of press and collet to use.
Thanks, John

Response - John,
Thanks for the explanation.
Tanner

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Mike Coviello is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.
 


 

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