2006-08-27: Pulling Bullets, and 6.8SPC feed issuesBrooke's 6.8SPC didn't function that well at the range last time, which means it's time to try a dedicated magazine. I ordered one from MidwayUSA, as well as a kinetic bullet puller so that I can pull the bullets out of rounds that we know aren't going to cycle his AR. If the first three 6.8SPC rounds didn't cycle, then you can be pretty sure the remaining 7 won't. No sense wasting the powder or projectiles.
The bullet puller is interesting - it's more or less a hammer that you insert the loaded round into, then wrench down this collet ring around the base of the round. Once it's in there firmly, you whack the hammer on a solid surface until the kinetic energy (which gets transferred into the bullet, as the brass is immobilized) yanks the bullet right out of the round. Then, powder spills freely into the bottom of the hammer, and you remove the primed casing. But be careful when pouring the powder back into a container, as you MAY end up dropping the bullet into your powder container!
Note: if you pull bullets, don't dump powder back into a container unless you know exactly what the powder is. If you don't know what it is, it's not supposed to go back into a gun !