Musket lodged round


April 2, 2011, 09:42 AM
I have a old musket with a bullet stuck in the barrel.. any tips on how to remove?

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April 2, 2011, 09:50 AM
Bullet puller after you wet down any possible powder in the breech.

April 2, 2011, 09:52 AM
There are bullet pullers on the market that screw onto the end of a ramrod which you screw into the ball and then pull it out.

Another idea might be to get one of those CO2 ball remover things where you replace the nipple with the device for the CO2 cartridge, and it basically becomes one big air gun.

Or, if you have the skills and equipment. Weld a sheet metal screw to the end of a rod thinner than the caliber and you have your own bullet puller.

The Doc is out now. :cool:


April 2, 2011, 09:53 AM
I have used the one that goes on a ramrod several times and always with success. It pretty much takes a tug o' war between one guy holding the gun and another holding the rod to pull most bullets out.

April 2, 2011, 01:35 PM
I have a brass cleaning rod that I made years ago equipped with a tee-handle for this purpose.
I also made a "tip" for this rod utilizing a wood screw silver soldered to a "plug" which is very close to bore diameter of the rifle so that the screw centers itself on the stuck ball.
Screw into stuck ball, tee handle behind tree crotch, hold rifle and back up.

April 2, 2011, 05:33 PM
If the ball isn't sealed well enough to contain the CO2, then a CO2 discharger may not work because the gas will leak past the ball.
If the bore is rusty, or if the lead ball is badly encrusted, or if the ball pulling procedure isn't successful for some other reason like due to being just plain difficult, then there's still other options.
One such option is to remove the nipple and then find a grease zerk that will fit the nipple threads. Then pumping grease into the barrel with a grease gun should gradually lift the ball up and out of the barrel.
Another option would be to simply try to shoot the ball out. Since you're not sure how much powder was originally loaded into it, that should be done from a distance with a piece of string tied to the trigger. The gun should be tied down to a spare tire or such to help secure it so that it's always pointing in a safe direction.
A very small amount of powder can be placed under the nipple to help insure expulsion of the ball. That is, even if the ball was originally "dry balled" or loaded without any powder.
That's usually the easiest way to expel the ball in a gun that's in safe operating condition.
People often recommend against doing it that way with an old gun that they didn't load themselves because it could have been loaded with an excessive charge. But it's just as equally possible that it was loaded without any powder.
That's why it's recommended to shoot it out from a safe distance with a string tied to the trigger.
If the charge is first neutralized with water trying to use the ball puller then this method becomes much more difficult to accomplish.
Assessing the condition of the barrel should be done beforehand, or at least show us some photos of the gun to let us see what it looks like.
Some balls are much more difficult to pull out than others by using a conventional ball puller which is basically just a threaded accessory with a screw that can be attached to the end of a ramrod or cleaning rod.
The last option that I can think of would be to unscrew and remove the breech plug after any charge is neutralized. Professional help is often necessary to get it out successfully without ruining the plug or the tang and then to reinstall it. After removal the ball can simply be pushed out from behind. If the gun was very valuable or in poor condition then this would an option to seriously consider. :)

April 2, 2011, 09:28 PM
Get some high pressure tubing; I used an old regulator hose and and a pair of small hose clamps, place one end over the nipple and clamp and clamp the other end over a spray nozzle for an air hose and run a compressor. I've used scuba tanks and the low pressure end for this as 150 to 200psi is easily enough to drive out a ball. Be sure to apply oil to dampen any powder and increase sealing. Face the muzzle in a safe direction as the exit force can be dangerous.

Jim K
April 2, 2011, 09:39 PM
Air compressor, scuba tank, CO2 tank, grease pump? Wow!

Remove the nipple, dribble 20 grains or so of black powder in through the nipple hole, replace the nipple and fire the gun.


April 2, 2011, 10:51 PM
I have a old musket with a bullet stuck in the barrel..

Where in the barrel is it stuck?

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