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Decapper pin into the bone !

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by DustyJacket, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

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    I reloaded a LOT until 1991 when I became unemployed and sold nearly everything to keep from losing everything.

    Fast forward to today. Got a new Rock Chucker which is a lot like the old one. The primer catcher was goofy and I had to do some fitting.

    As I was resizing .38s I got distracted by the primer cup moving and got my first ever reloading injury.

    Rising case pushed my index finger onto the decapping pin. AAARRRRRGH !

    When I lowered the case, I could not get my finger loose until I pulled it down with my other hand.

    3/8" of the decapping pin entered just behind the fingernail and embedded itself into my finder bone.

    That smarts.
    A lot.

    I recommend you avoid doing it. :supergrin:
     
  2. PhantomF4E

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    Sounds like something you only do once !!!
     

  3. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

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  4. KSUGLocker

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    I certainly hope you saw a doctor after that. There are tons of dirt that can cause a nasty infection. It's not worth losing an index finger.
     
  5. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

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    Is the decapping pin OK?
     
  6. CanMan

    CanMan Silver Member

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    Ouch!!

    That certainly was a bad stroke of luck.

    All kidding aside, I hope you heal quickly! :wavey:
     
  7. TX Archer

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    OUCH! And I second the thought about infection. The gunk that comes out with primers is nasty and it couldn't be good to have it injected into your bone. I hope you heal ok.

    Oh, and...


    :needspics:
     
  8. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    That sounds painful.
     
  9. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    :rofl:Sorry but that be funny.
     
  10. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

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    Reloading injuries are way better than auto injuries.
     
  11. Larry_Waters

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    I agree....
     
  12. Picture or it did not happen!
     
  13. Bluescot

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    Sorry to hear that about your finger. Watch it closely for signs of infection in the coming days.
     
  14. sdelam

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    That gave me chills. I've done it also, but not that bad. Mine happened doing .223 on a LNL. For some reason they tend to get cocked in station one and I have to use my finger to hit pin right. Jammed the pin into the side of my finger pad.
     
  15. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

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    Be sure that I am.
    It bled nicely but anything pushed into the bone cannot be washed out by blood or the ER, so it is a waiting game.

    Pictures would be lame. Just a spot of scab/blood at this time.

    If the finger turns black and falls off, I'll remember my camera.:wow:
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2012
  16. WiskyT

    WiskyT Malcontent

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    I wouldn't wait for signs of infection. I'd get the wound cleaned out professionally. Just be glad you learned this lesson now. Down the road, obamacare will just have veterinarians amputating problems.
     
  17. FullClip

    FullClip NRA Benefactor CLM

    OUCH! That had to hurt. I pinched myself pretty bad once on my RCBS Ammomaster...didn't break the skin, so the cure was just short cussing session. But be careful with that puncture wound.....think ya' should pee on it to be safe.:supergrin:
     
  18. unclebob

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    Obama will get his buddies in the Chicago Mafia to amputate the finger. I here they are good at doing such things.
     
  19. countrygun

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    Don't do that, Mkay?
     
  20. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    Tetanus shot necessary for sure.