stuck jag


rob junkins
September 29, 2008, 10:21 PM
can anyone give me some advice on getting a stuck rod out of a 50 cal
black powder barrrel

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rob junkins
September 29, 2008, 10:25 PM
i run a new jag with one patch coated with bore butter down the barrel. went in and down easy but when it hit bottom if stuck!!!!!!

September 29, 2008, 10:40 PM
take the nipple off add few grains of powder then fire. If your at home you can even try lighter fluid i would do this before anything.

here are some old post on the subject

September 29, 2008, 10:44 PM

Ok now just sit back and relax. read through. what your going to be reading may be the same. just remember a lot of people have gone through this.

September 29, 2008, 10:46 PM
OH one more thing welcome to THR

Oh also hairspray works wonders too spray some in and light it

rob junkins
September 29, 2008, 10:51 PM
thanks very much!

September 29, 2008, 10:54 PM
Just relax i know it can be very frustrating. next time use a smaller patch. you may have had too much period. You may also may want to get a can of carb cleaner with the nozzle and spray hard in the nipple. your problem is too large a patch, too much bore butter, along with the fouling means its just stuck. spraying the carb cleaner. The cleaner comes out in a hard burst and can loosen up around the jag. Remember to just use a smaller amount of bore butter and a smaller patch next time. It happens

September 29, 2008, 11:03 PM
This sounds like a shoulder in the bore, in front of the breech plug, that needs to be addressed by a gunsmith.

September 29, 2008, 11:09 PM
i guess we should ask what kind of gun is it anyway

October 3, 2008, 02:09 PM
Well rob, did it come loose?

October 3, 2008, 02:29 PM
Something else that will work well on a stuck cleaning patch and jag ...first ...don`t get excited ..this happens ....If you`ll just pour a little water in the barrel around the stuck rod and jag will loosen it up and normally come right out after it soaks into the patch .
oh yea almost forgot ...welcome Rob.

October 3, 2008, 05:22 PM
Sometimes when the breech plug is not snug up against the rifling there will be some threads between the head of the plug and the start of the rifling, I had a rifle that was bad about "grabbing patches" and this was the case. If possible be sure to use a long loading rod, not practical in the field, that will give you more to grasp on to. A shooting friend, you holding the rifle and him holding the ram rod, is useful also.

Good Luck

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