Was duck hunting yesterday and returned home yesterday evening ... This morning, I was cleaning my shotgun and went to clean the barrel... the cleaning snake wouldn't go through. I checked to see if I could see light through the barrel and it was pitch black...Grabbed the cleaning rod and jammed it through - It also would not budge with considerable pressure on my part. Got my boyfriend to help me out and together we rammed the object through...a stuck wad.
I thought back to yesterday's shooting. I had one dud shell. I fired, the shotgun 'popped' - I have shot enough rifles and shotguns to know what a dud is so I ejected the shell - and as I recall it had not even opened. I don't recall my last shot yesterday, but am fairly confident the dud was not the last one.
At any rate, I feel lucky..maybe very lucky...that however it happened, that was my last shot of the day. I was shooting factory loads - 3" number 4's. Not sure of the brand, but off the top of my head, winchester.
What might be the cause of this, besides being an ammo issue? and can you tell for sure every time it occurs?
Scares me to think what would have happened on the next shot, because that wad was STUCK hard.