Clear out a pellet gun barrel?!


March 19, 2009, 02:21 PM
I'm just starting to take out my guns from the gun cabinet and get back into them. I was noticed, and given a pellet gun. I'm from, and grew up in Marksville, La. Anytime I want I jump on my 4-wheeler or my new toy/project, 1986 250 Big Red that I'm restoring, with my guns and go shooting. I'm presently stuck in a city enviroment. So, I clean my guns over and over bc I can't shoot them here. But that pellet gun given to me was a life saver! I cleaned it up too. Got me some pellets. First shot, pellet didn't come out. The barrel was clear, I just cleaned it. The next day I was going to buy a red dot scope, $9.99 Daisy, or a BSA Laser projected $24.99. I know it's a pellet gun, but it's ALL I have so I want it to where I enjoy using it and trying new things that may come in handy later. BUT, HOW CAN I GET THAT PELLET OUT OF THE BARREL????? I've ruined cleaning rods. Clotheshangers. Even steel rods bend even if I make it to where it's only sticking out a inch or less. Soaked barrel with WD-40, Honing oil, oil, soap, etc. I did get some of the cleaning patch out when trying to insert a screw as far down as I could and twisting it. I know I said it was clear, but found that. Lets say there is another square inch of cleaning pad and the pellet. How can I clear this out? I'm overwhelmed it is taking this long(2weeks) and this hard to do. Can I get some help with this PLEASE?? I want to start tweaking up my pellet gun again and start shooting. I'm doing this to a pellet gun, this should show how desparate I am!!!

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Carlos Cabeza
March 19, 2009, 03:17 PM
.177 or .22 ????

Exactly how did you get a "pellet" stuck in the bbl. ?????

.22 in .177 mebbe ?????

Smoothbore or rifled bbl. ???

You could get a 20" drill bit !:p

Oh, welcome to THR !:cool:

March 19, 2009, 03:30 PM
sounds like you're destroying the innards of that barrel...did you try water pressure? how about a solid copper dowel and a rubber mallet?

March 19, 2009, 03:33 PM
Are you sure it's a pellet?

March 19, 2009, 03:34 PM
Did you shoot a .22 pellet out of a .177 airgun?

March 19, 2009, 03:45 PM
YEah I guess I forgot alot huh? It's a .177. When I got it, I didn't have any ammo for it. But I had to do something to it. My cleaning kit didn't fit in the barrell so I simply took some Q-tips, they fit, passed them through til the last one was pushed out. It did a pretty good job cleaning it, though it wasn't that dirty. But then I got some oil, and did that again bc even though the first time it was noticibley cleaner, from the 1st to the last I saw a little rust color. So I did it again with oil on them. So, I passed tips through, twice, and got a pretty clean and lubed up EMPTY barrell, I got pellet, put in, shot, NOTTA!!!

One problem I have with that gun is that it doesn't have any info on it. At Academy, I told them this when buying the ammo. They told me it HAD to have info on the barrell. Well, it doesn't. You don't have to pump this one. It's not the type where the barrell breaks in the middle and you place pellet there, it has a "secondary" part on bottom of the barrell. That's what you "cock" it with. I'm in serious fantasy land here, but it reminds ME of a M-1 Garrand type look. Does that help? TO help ME???

I do see threads where barrell and chamber meet. After I soaked it with oil, I tryed ONE time to take off. All the parts that your able to grab on to to unscrew it, is pretty much all stamped metal. Just starting to put force, it bent a little bit(just the little snap to hold handle, not barell).

And glad to be here, thanks! Chad

March 19, 2009, 03:49 PM
Was the cleaning equipment you used 177 caliber? Have you tried pushing it back in to the chamber? If all else fails, you might want to take it to a gunsmith or buy a new rifle.

March 19, 2009, 03:51 PM
so it got stuck on the first shot? sounds like you used the wrong size pellet.

March 19, 2009, 03:58 PM
Did you only pump it once? A lot of pellet guns can go to a max of ten pumps for each shot.

On mine, (Crosman 760) if you only pump it two or three times the pellet barely makes it out.

Are you sure you only shot one pellet? If you shot two, the second one may jam against the other, spreading it out and really wedging both of them in there.

Do you have a model number and brand name on it?

March 19, 2009, 03:59 PM
Welcome Chad. I'm near Baton Rouge, and pass through marksville frequently. Could you post a picture of your situation. Seeing the design of the rifle may help us a little even if make/model can't be determined. Also did you (dry) fire it again after the initial shot?

March 19, 2009, 04:01 PM
^ By the way, I wasn't suggesting that you dry fire it I was asking if you did that.

Carlos Cabeza
March 19, 2009, 04:09 PM
A .22 pellet shouldn't be too far in the .177 Bbl. bore if that is the problem.

Get an .125 or 1/8 th inch brass (steel) rod and drive it back to breech
from the muzzle, gently. :o Ok, maybe a little more force will be required. ;)

I helped a friend drive a lead projectile out of a black powder rifle and it was a PITA !

Turns out it was never cleaned and left loaded, VERY crusty from year before.

kentucky bucky
March 19, 2009, 06:03 PM
If the rod/jag you are trying to push it out with is smaller than the bore, it is probably just wedging the remains of the pellet into the side of the barrel and keeping it from pushing out. If you could get a rod or jag that is nearly bore diameter,with a flat front, you may be able to push it out.(push it the shortest way out of the barrel)

March 19, 2009, 06:18 PM
Pellets typically act like a miniball: they have a flare at the back that expands into the rifling when fired. This shoulder will make it nearly impossible to push it backwards. You will almost certainly have to punch it from rear to front. The best thing you can do is get a stiff rod, put it in the cavity of the pellet, and gently tap it out. The only other option is to drill the shoulder.

March 19, 2009, 06:52 PM
The best thing you can do is get a stiff rod, put it in the cavity of the pellet, and gently tap it out.

This is by far your best bet. I had a main spring fail and lodge a .177 pellet in the barrel. A trip to the local hardware store for a couple different sized wooden dowels and some gentle tapping solved the problem without any damage to the barrel.


March 19, 2009, 08:34 PM
Get one of those rubber coated coat hangers and straighten it out real good. Roll it on a table or piece of glass to see if straight. Round the end with a fine file and ram that sucker in the proper direction until that puppy comes out.

Use some oil and try not to scratch the muzzle or rifling. You should actually use a .17 caliber cleaning rod with a patch but in a pinch gentle pounding with a very straight and non-sharp coat hanger will do.

March 19, 2009, 08:39 PM
or you could always throw the barrel in an oven to soften the lead in the pellet... may ruin the barrel though... but the pellet will be out.:neener:..maybe heat it up a bit then give it a tap,then again, that may expand the barrel and snug it even more... though, when it cools, it might have constricted the pellet a bit... just another idea... I am scraping the bottom of the barrel here...:uhoh:

March 19, 2009, 11:39 PM
Try using a .17 cal. cleaning rod to push it out with a few drops of lube. It sounds like you don't have too much to lose at this point. I have a few pellet rifles and it's nice to gently clean it every thousand shots or so.

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