If you have a Powder Inc. Cap and Ball Loader for revolver cylinders like I have, you can use it to push the Minie into the die. It will get it about 1/4" from bottom of the die, then you can push it the rest of the way out with the wood dowel. Beats the heck out of tapping with the engraving hammer. Easier on the dowel rod you finish with too. May still need to tap it out of die the first time with the hammer. I run my Minies through 3 times. Very pleased with this die.