Shane Not Sean Posted December 27, 2022 Share Posted December 27, 2022 So I finally got around to sorting through and inspecting all my shotshell reloading rejects, and found that I had quite a few that needed salvaging. The main reason for most of my rejects was no primer (Ponsness Warren press, as the primer supply gets low, there's less weight pushing the row of primers into the catcher). So I had lots of finished shotshells that were missing a primer (which means the powder would dribble out of these shells all over the press and table so, in reality all I could salvage was the shot and the wad and, if I was careful enough, the hull. I've seen some tools that cut the top (crimp) off so you can salvage everything but the hull. But in my case, I want to salvage the hull too. I have a metal pick/hook that I can work into the middle of the 8 petal star crimp and pull out each petal little by little. It gets the job done but is time consuming and can be a little hard on the petals (occasionally cutting into a crease). My first question, is there a better tool for opening up the star crimp without damaging it? Once I've got it opened up and the shot poured out, I'll stick a punch up through the primer hole and push the wad up as far as I can. But it always gets stuck where the crimp folds over, and I have to grab the wad petals with pliers and pull while pushing on the punch from underneath. And sometimes the pliers damage the wad petals. Second question, is there a better/easier way to get the wad out without risking damage to the wad petals? Perhaps the answer to this question lies in a better tool for my first question - a tool that not only opens the crimp petals but smooths out the hull wall where the petals fold over. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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