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DustyJacket
11-10-2012, 21:11
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:

PhantomF4E
11-10-2012, 21:13
Sounds like something you only do once !!!

DustyJacket
11-10-2012, 21:27
I am hoping so

KSUGLocker
11-10-2012, 22:19
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.

JBnTX
11-10-2012, 22:44
Is the decapping pin OK?

CanMan
11-10-2012, 23:14
Ouch!!

That certainly was a bad stroke of luck.

All kidding aside, I hope you heal quickly! :wavey:

TX Archer
11-10-2012, 23:37
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:

shotgunred
11-10-2012, 23:53
That sounds painful.

robin303
11-10-2012, 23:58
Is the decapping pin OK?

:rofl:Sorry but that be funny.

Steve Koski
11-11-2012, 02:21
Reloading injuries are way better than auto injuries.

Larry_Waters
11-11-2012, 02:38
:rofl:Sorry but that be funny.

I agree....

Bodyarmorguy
11-11-2012, 02:47
Picture or it did not happen!

Bluescot
11-11-2012, 03:09
Sorry to hear that about your finger. Watch it closely for signs of infection in the coming days.

sdelam
11-11-2012, 06:38
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.

DustyJacket
11-11-2012, 06:57
Sorry to hear that about your finger. Watch it closely for signs of infection in the coming days.

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:

WiskyT
11-11-2012, 06:59
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.

FullClip
11-11-2012, 11:25
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:

unclebob
11-11-2012, 11:50
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.

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

countrygun
11-11-2012, 12:16
Don't do that, Mkay?

ron59
11-11-2012, 12:22
Tetanus shot necessary for sure.

SJ 40
11-11-2012, 12:26
All I can say is OUCH !,hurts even thinking about it. SJ 40

janice6
11-11-2012, 12:37
Like when you are holding a small piece of furniture and the shot from the 18 Ga. finish nailer goes through the other side, through your finger tip and nail. Then you have to put things down and get a pliers to pull the finish nail out.

No, I have never done that, either.

gwalchmai
11-11-2012, 13:23
Done that, though not all the way into the bone. Another fun trick is to get your finger between the case mouth and the die. Leaves a nice 9mm circular scar to remind you...

Dalton Wayne
11-11-2012, 13:28
You need to be on antibiotics asap when you inject dirt straight into bone marrow it's bad ju ju

robin303
11-11-2012, 15:23
Like when you are holding a small piece of furniture and the shot from the 18 Ga. finish nailer goes through the other side, through your finger tip and nail. Then you have to put things down and getI've a pliers to pull the finish nail out.

No, I have never done that, either.

:mememe:I did that with my Senco trim gun shooting some oak that followed the grain. :embarassed:

rednoved
11-11-2012, 15:27
Ouch.

RustyFN
11-11-2012, 18:57
Damn that hurts just reading about it.

bdhawk
11-12-2012, 08:33
i did something similar. i poked a hole in my fingernail, and the brass cut a semi-circle on the other side of my finger. the decapping pin just barely penetrated the nail. definately took the smile off my face.

DustyJacket
11-13-2012, 16:47
No sign of infection, so far.
day 4.........

WiskyT
11-13-2012, 16:59
No sign of infection, so far.
day 4.........

You're really playing with fire. Lockjaw or amputation is no joke.

DustyJacket
11-13-2012, 18:47
I had a tetanus shot in 2008.

No redness, no pain, no warmth, all looks good. Trust me, I don't want to lose anything.

If anything crops up I'll be at the doctor's getting antibiotics.

(I hope that is not my 'famous last words')

Chuck TX
11-13-2012, 19:01
Yowser.

I gave my fingers a good squish once on my Dillon.

Zombie Steve
11-13-2012, 19:13
Soooo...... you never answered.


How is the decapping pin?

:whistling:


Never got anything stuck in the press, but I did get a wonderful scar from a blob of molten lead on my forearm.


Ain't casting and reloading fun?

DustyJacket
11-13-2012, 19:45
The pin seems fine. :)

I do need to get a packet of spares. Seems back in the day I was ruining one every couple of months.

ca survivor
11-14-2012, 07:48
Ouch!

Nickotym
11-14-2012, 14:15
Really keep a close eye on it. With the pin going into the bone that is bad. A regular infection is bad enough, but a bone infection is bad stuff.

DoctaGlockta
11-14-2012, 14:45
At least you weren't seating bullets.

Not sure if they make a bullet puller for that.

janice6
11-14-2012, 14:52
:mememe:I did that with my Senco trim gun shooting some oak that followed the grain. :embarassed:


Yep! Same thing here.

MudFlap379
11-18-2012, 23:04
About 3 days ago I was decapping pistol brass on the single stage, and got the pin right at the edge of the nail on left index finger. Didn't punch completely thru finger, but I could feel the spot on the pad where it woulda gone thru. Hurt like hell!

n2extrm
11-19-2012, 20:00
Like when you are holding a small piece of furniture and the shot from the 18 Ga. finish nailer goes through the other side, through your finger tip and nail. Then you have to put things down and get a pliers to pull the finish nail out.

No, I have never done that, either.

Yeah me either. :whistling:

dkf
11-19-2012, 20:04
Is the approved remedy for a decapping pin to the bone still?

1) Wrap with rag soaked in Kroil
2) Secure said Kroil soaked rag with several wraps of tape
3) Go back to reloading

PsychoKnight
11-19-2012, 21:30
Like when you are holding a small piece of furniture and the shot from the 18 Ga. finish nailer goes through the other side, through your finger tip and nail. Then you have to put things down and get a pliers to pull the finish nail out.

No, I have never done that, either.

That's what little brothers are for.

Wives won't help at all around loud scary tools.

I got nailed by an 18ga also, but just to the bone, not through bone plus fingernail. But I remember distinctively that it didn't hurt at all. Until, later, then it hurt a helluvalot, for a long time.

I've learned to use rubber tipped, spring loaded clamps, or do everything I can to devise a way to insulate/isolate the part I need to hold.

On reloading, I just changed out my Redding .45 size/decap die for a Dillon version so I wouldn't have to constanly align the brass manually. I've nearly pinched myself between case and die several times before I decided this just wasn't right. Dillon seems to have a wider radius on the die opening - works great now.

If you have your fingers on the case as you're guiding it into the resize/decap die, maybe you should do like I did and get a Dillon die. The wider entry angle is designed for progressives, but I don't see any reason not to use it on any press if it will solve a problem, including your RockChucker.

You need a Tetanus shot now ('08 was too long ago), plus the doc should have prescribed antibiotics for a wound so deep. No reason to wait for an infection to show up.

DustyJacket
12-29-2012, 14:13
I am still here. All ten fingers, too.

G-34
12-29-2012, 14:19
I am still here. All ten fingers, too.



good to hear.. you should post a pic of your battle scar:supergrin::wavey:

shotgunred
12-29-2012, 15:06
I am still here. All ten fingers, too.

Good news and glad to hear. Thanks for the update. To often we only hear the horror stories.

DustyJacket
12-29-2012, 15:52
good to hear.. you should post a pic of your battle scar:supergrin::wavey:
Funny you say that.

When it happened it was a tiny puncture just behind the base of the nail.

Now it has grawn out 1/2 way, and the "hole" in the nail delaminated and caught on stuff until it got ripped off! But only a strip and only the outer half of the nail.

It looks worse now that when I had the accident.

The dark spot is where the pin went in.
http://www.dustyjacket.com/images/nail.jpg

EL_NinO619
12-29-2012, 18:19
Should of used Lee Depriming die, they design the pin to back out when you hit berdan or bone.

Hope you come out alright, I would start a antibiotic regimen right away.

DustyJacket
12-29-2012, 21:16
Hope you come out alright, I would start a antibiotic regimen right away.
This was nearly 2 months ago. I think I am past the danger point.

EL_NinO619
12-29-2012, 21:53
This was nearly 2 months ago. I think I am past the danger point.

Ya I did not read every post, I stop at about 5 and just commented. After I posted I saw it was old, glad your doing good. Still should have used a Lee :rofl:

stevelyn
12-30-2012, 03:43
Lubrisizers are just as dangerous. I got a finger pinched pretty bad while futzing with the adjustments on a bullet lube-sizer.