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Offline mcc1961

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Hard to open pellet tins???
« on: November 25, 2011, 06:24:39 PM »
Does anyone have a trick to get into those stubborn pellet tins open without taking a screwdriver to them?
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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 06:30:44 PM »
depends...... is the tin threaded, non threaded, or taped shut?

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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 06:35:49 PM »
I have trouble with the threaded ones.
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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011, 06:39:02 PM »
ok, heres how i do it:
bang four sides of the tin in this shape + on the threads. now take the top off and you should have access to your pellets. but, if it does not come off, cut it open.

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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2011, 06:45:11 PM »
Get a jar lid opener.  The one I have is flat with a handle and little rubber bumper inside that lid rests against.  Otherwise, if you have a vise, simply stick the bottom in and then use a strap wrench.  A bit of moly or simply vasoline before replacing it and you should be good to go.

PS - The lid opener works great on jars, too.  Don't laugh guys.  One day your shootin' buddy will be Arthur Ritis.

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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 09:02:42 PM »
I do the same thing for pellet tins as a jar of jelly when the lid is stuck

Take a butter knife, fork, spoon and hold it backwards. Then give the tin a decent whack in four spots.. should loosen it up
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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2011, 09:59:27 PM »
That's right Mike. It works.
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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2011, 12:04:10 AM »
I'm with that young guy Redfeather. Jar opener is best, but I've had to use channel lock pliers on some. They were mostly Crosmans.
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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2011, 02:55:22 AM »
I agree with some of the above posts - I've have some troubles with Crosman tins (and I'm 6 foot tall at 160 pounds). What I do is take a solid steel butter knife and hold it backwards and gently tap the lid's corners in about 8 evenly distributed spots. Works everytime. I've been meaning to purchase 2 of those rubber gripper thingies and see how those work, also, though. And another thing; wipe a small amount of Remoil on the threads after you get that son of a gun opened.

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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2011, 03:10:40 AM »
P.S. Get that new tin open before/if you head out in the field for some hunting. It wouldn't be pleasant being a half-mile from your vehicle and can't get a new tin open. Also, I tend not to over-tighten the lids like He-Man may, but the Remoil is good and it won't hurt your gun's externals with the residue you may get on your fingers.

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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2011, 04:31:59 AM »
..and after you get that pesky tin opened, dump the contents in an Altoids container and be done with it :-)

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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2011, 06:40:38 AM »
In stead of taking the tin to the field why not do this?  I saw these pellet at another site.  Use an old pair of rubber boots.  Cut out the design you want then take an hole punch and punch holes in the rubber just big enough to push the head of the pellet through but small enough to hold them in their place then punch 2 holes in the top and put a string through to put around your neck.  you can count the pellets in these.  I think one holds 50 the other 38 or 40.  If your going to shoot more than that then you can take a tin to replace but with these they don't make noise and the pellets are readily accessible.  Hope this helps.  Rickey ;D
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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2011, 06:48:33 AM »
I keep a few empty tins that are in good shape and open easily in case I have one that is hard to open.
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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2011, 09:22:03 AM »
i have had to stick them in the vice before, cause my hands where a little slippery from pellet lube or silicone or something. mike's idea works too, used that one on a bunch of things. Red's idea is the best solution for not damaging anything. ;D
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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2011, 11:12:01 AM »
In stead of taking the tin to the field why not do this?  I saw these pellet at another site.  Use an old pair of rubber boots.  Cut out the design you want then take an hole punch and punch holes in the rubber just big enough to push the head of the pellet through but small enough to hold them in their place then punch 2 holes in the top and put a string through to put around your neck.  you can count the pellets in these.  I think one holds 50 the other 38 or 40.  If your going to shoot more than that then you can take a tin to replace but with these they don't make noise and the pellets are readily accessible.  Hope this helps.  Rickey ;D

Great idea. We used to do the same thing with our black powder muzzle loaders. We used a piece of hardwood for eight to 10 rounds already patched and lubed.
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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2011, 01:54:06 PM »
@Rickey has a necessary idea, for in the field, with the homemade rubber pellet holder. I've seen them done with neoprene too. Or get find a simple pellet "pocket" holder. Something about tins that are just a pain - even in the backyard. But still beats the old flip-open containers that always tipped over and spilled :)

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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2011, 07:51:28 PM »
If I was a woman, I would ask a man to open the tins... but as I am a man, I have no problems.  ;)  I open all of my own jars too.

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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2011, 07:44:59 PM »
I recently had two crosman premier tins that were so tight even the jar openers wouldn.t work.......since I like undamaged pellets I refuse to whack, bang, slap, knock, bump, dig, dent, flip, stomp, or drop my new tins.
What worked for me was lay the tin on one jar lid opener and place another on top of the tin. Then put your strong hand (palm) over the tin, push down on tin (stiff arm) and turn CCW as you push down hard!!
Mine opened that way.
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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2011, 12:30:09 AM »
Once I get them open, I dump them into empty plastic snuff cans.

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Re: Hard to open pellet tins???
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2011, 03:11:10 AM »
I just use the iron grip of my golden gloves...works everytime
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