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how to open crimp

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by tracyhunter, Aug 2, 2020 at 11:22 AM.

  1. tracyhunter

    tracyhunter Active Member

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    is there a way to open up the crimp sub the shot size then reseal the shell?
     
  2. jansonuhl

    jansonuhl Well-Known Member

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    I use a nail to open the shell, change shot size, then put back into closing station of loader.
     
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  3. SecondChance

    SecondChance Well-Known Member

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    Yes, shoot it, then reload with desired shot size. LOL!! No, just use a SMALL sized standard screwdriver and slightly insert into center of crimp. Tip back to open, do this several times to desired size to remove shot. Refill with equal shot charge, place back into final crimp station and finish as a normal shell.
     
  4. Rick Barker

    Rick Barker Well-Known Member

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    You can take a large pair of pliers and gently squeeze the end of the shell around below the crimp.

    Gently I said and rotate the shell a couple of times because you could deform the shot.

    The end of the crimp will pooch out enough you can open the crimp with needle nose pliers.

    After dumping the shot, use large electrical pliers with a flat jaws to flatten the end of the shell mouth and it will re crimp easily and tight.

    So three pair of pliers work fine.
     
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  5. Bill Hom

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    Try a 4" deck screw, thread it into the center of the crimp about a half" and pull. The crimp will open without damaging the crimp folds, dump out the shot and refill same amount of correct size shot and recrimp. FWIW Bill
     
  6. lt0026

    lt0026 Well-Known Member

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    Needle nose pliers.
     
  7. saskbooknut

    saskbooknut Well-Known Member

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    I have been using the corkscrew on my Swiss Army knife.
     
  8. BDOG22

    BDOG22 Well-Known Member

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    picked up a pair of locking forceps.. I pry open a bit with small flat screwdriver then lock the forceps on and fold the crimps open enough to get the shot out..
     
  9. 10tenner

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    I use a curved surgical clamps. Have to get smaller pointed to get into the crimp. Good tool to get wad out as well.