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  • Bullet Stuck In Barrel? Be Careful!

    First of all, this ain't my rifle, and I wasn't there...:eek:

    Just came across it surf'in the web. Apparently, the guy had a really low-power "squib" handload, and a bullet never made it out the barrel. Next shot behind it blew up the gun. At least that's the story. I tend to think he confused one powder with another, 'cuz this looks like extreme pressure to me...(?)

    http://www.levergunscommunity.com/vi...lit=bad+reload


    I have had a bullet stick in the barrel before. And actually, you can shoot them out, but not with another loaded round!
    I remember I was trying to load some 45/70 shells to like 500fps with a 300gr cast bullet, and I could actually SEE the bullets flying through the air. Then, on one of them, I got a very subdued "poopff" sound, and no bullet...:eek:
    It had made it out of the case to a point about 1/3 of the way down the barrel. Try as I might, it just wouldn't come out with a cleaning rod. So, I loaded a case with 5grs of Unique, placed a small ball of cotton over the powder, and NO bullet...stuffed that in the gun and pulled the trigger. Bullet exited just fine...

    Marshall/Ak
    "I love my country...it's the government I'm scared of"

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    Well....I just learned you can't edit your own post after 20 minutes! The software won't let you. Had gone downstairs to eat supper, then decided I wanted to add something to this, and found I couldn't! Well, ok then...I'll add this way:

    Disclaimer To OP: There is, of course, a potential danger to "shooting out" a stuck bullet, with literally dozens and dozens of variables. Therefore, I don't suggest you do the same, given this situation...only stating what worked for me. Also, I don't know that the type of powder, and charge weight, are appropriate either, only that it happened to work for me. Replicate at your own risk! "Officially", I say take your gun to a gunsmith...
    There...ya'll been warned! :rolleyes:

    Marshall/Ak
    "I love my country...it's the government I'm scared of"

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    • #3
      Severe Downloading

      I am not an experienced reloader!

      I seem to recall that there can significant adverse effects significantly reducing charges in some cartridges. I do not have sufficient understanding of the mechanics involved but I would consult an experienced professional prior to downloading any cartridge to such an extent.

      A bit of shred knowledge of the constraints surrounding significant downloading by gurus would be interesting.

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      • #4
        The safest way is to use a wood or fiberglass dowl and knock it back out the way it came in, through the chamber. I have had one factory suib round, it was very low power .45, it knocked out pretty easy. Stay safe.
        I have such a hard time trying to decide which outdoor activity to do every chance I get!! Living in AK is a mental challenge

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        • #5
          I would not shoot it out !

          I would get a 3/8 inch brass or alluminum rod and tap it back out the towards the breach ! If you ever stick a bullet in a cap and ball firearm you can remove the nipple and install a grease fitting and pump it out with a grease gun ! Kevin
          Little bullets might expand ! But big bullets never shrink !
          When you swim with big fish try not to act like bait !

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          • #6
            Marshall: I agree with your analysis; extreeeem pressure, not a stuck bullet. I too think you can shoot out a bullet. On the rod business and pounding out, I have seen 4 rifle barrels ruined this way. I won't do it like that. Might work for a pistol. This is one of those things that are best avoided than repaired. J.

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            • #7
              how did that happen ?

              Originally posted by OldRgr View Post
              Marshall: I agree with your analysis; extreeeem pressure, not a stuck bullet. I too think you can shoot out a bullet. On the rod business and pounding out, I have seen 4 rifle barrels ruined this way. I won't do it like that. Might work for a pistol. This is one of those things that are best avoided than repaired. J.
              I am just curious as to how te rifles were ruined by driving the stuck bullet out ? Were they using a steel rod and ruined the rifling or what ? Thanks :Kevin
              Little bullets might expand ! But big bullets never shrink !
              When you swim with big fish try not to act like bait !

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              • #8
                Please .....

                Don't shoot out your stuck bullets....... while this can work, it's certainly not the preferred method. FWIW.. I'm glad yours turned out the way it did....

                The only proper way to remove a stuck object from the bore of your rifle is manually. Wooden dowels work, start with one of them, if it's stuck too tight (as my reduced load 125gr HP in my 308 was) step up to an aluminum or brass rod (don't use steel!!!) and tap it as light as you can but as hard as you need to. If your stomach wont let you hit it hard enough to drive it out.......

                take it to a smith

                I've had the unfortunate displeasure of inadvertently watching 3 different people try to shoot obstructions out of their barrels.. all of them ended up in comparable condition as shown in the link .... all of them had an expensive trip(s) to the doctor .... and the 2 that were still in the barrell were eventually removed by the techniques stated above.

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                • #9
                  In the four cases, the rods went around the bullet and scraped up the rifling. Fortunately I did not participate in it but only saw the after words. In all cases, it was with a cleaning rod and the slotted tip. As I said, it is one of those things that are best avoided.

                  Maybe I am nuts but if I had a bullet stuck half way down a rifle barrel, I think I would try to shoot it out. Using a round with only the powder. Now if I have a piece of drill rod that was bore diameter or very close, then pounding it out would be ok. I just don't like risking banging up the rifling. JMO. J.

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                  • #10
                    I can see that happening !

                    I think what would prevent the rod passing the bullet would be to have the largetst diameter rod that would slip inside the bore ! In my case I had a .45 cal bore and found a 3/8" (.375") alluminum rod at the local home depot ! You need to use something softer than the steel in the barrel thats for sure ! wood might work but in could splinter and pack up inside the barrell ! The next time you shoot one out make a pencil mark on the barrel where the bullet is stuck and mic the diameter of the barrell at a couple points before that ! then shoot it out and mic those same spots over ! I bet you see a change ! Kevin
                    Little bullets might expand ! But big bullets never shrink !
                    When you swim with big fish try not to act like bait !

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                    • #11
                      Kevin: I am not going to get one stuck just to find out. Haven't stuck one in 50 years and expect I won't for another 50. But if I do, I will try as you suggest. Take care. LOL. J.

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                      • #12
                        LOL

                        I wasnt suggesting you get one stuck either ! I've been there done that and got the T-shirt !! I am lucky I have all my movin parts !! Good talking to you !
                        Little bullets might expand ! But big bullets never shrink !
                        When you swim with big fish try not to act like bait !

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                        • #13
                          Stuck bullets seem to happen a lot to Bullseye pistol shooters...to include me. I routinely carry squib rods for my 45 to push lodged pullets out. I only had ot use it once, but I have had some light loads. The rod works fine on lead bullets.
                          Brownells sells these. Rifle? I'd take it to a gunsmith...
                          Thanks!

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                          • #14
                            To protect the rifling

                            If you have a .45 caliber bullet stuck in your barrel, would this work?

                            Drop a .40 S&W or 10mm empty cartridge base first, then stick whatever material rod you want, steel, brass, aluminum into the 40 caliber case. The end of the rod can't mushroom out or splinter, nor can the rod punch through the stuck bullet.

                            For a stuck 38 or 9mm use an empty .32 case.

                            If the rod bows, I suppose the shaft of the rod would contact the rifling, but I don't think that will damage things too much, do you?

                            Just thinking out loud.

                            The only stuck bullet I have had was one that wound up halfway between the forcing cone and the chamber throat in my 357 revolver.

                            No problem, though, I just pulled the barrel off and the bullet fell right out. The gun was a Dan Wesson.

                            Lost Sheep

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                            • #15
                              Once upon a time...

                              when I was in high school, a friend of mine. We'll call him Bryan, cuz thats what his name is, was out hunting deer. I don't remember the caliber, but he was shooting Remington factory ammo. He jumped a nice buck centered the crosshairs and fired, the buck didn't react, so he ejected the spent brass and fired again. The first bullet only made it about 2/3 of the way down the barrel, the second slug made the barrel blow up and split. It was ugly, I didn't witness it but I saw the rifle, not pretty. Bryan luckily came away physically unharmed. His father called Remington and they promptly sent him a catalouge and said pick out whichever rifle you want, I think they were trying to avoid a lawsuit, I guess it worked. I think bryan still has that 300 win mag.
                              LIVE TO HUNT....HUNT TO LIVE!!!!

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