What to do about a broken off plastic jag in my good rifle cleaning rod?


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Matt Dillon
January 27, 2013, 01:45 AM
Friends, I have one of those nice graphite cleaning rods, and foolishly, I stored it with a plastic patch jag attached to it, and the jag broke off and now the end of the jag is flush with the end of the cleaning rod, and there is nothing to grip to unscrew the broken off patch jag.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might remedy this? I don't think I'm steady enough to drill it out, and am unsure what sized drill bit I would need, and just how would I remove the plastic without messing up the threads?
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated, thanks so very much in advance!

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ColtPythonElite
January 27, 2013, 01:50 AM
Heat up a screwdriver with a lighter and press it into the plastic to cut a slot. Turn out like a screw.

Matt Dillon
January 27, 2013, 02:01 AM
That is a great idea! Thanks so much!

rodregier
January 28, 2013, 08:54 PM
I used the pointy tip of a #11 X-acto blade to engage the edge at a low angle and pushed on it to permit unscrewing. The "melt a slot" trick *is* pretty neat.

Elkins45
January 29, 2013, 02:21 PM
Heat up a screwdriver with a lighter and press it into the plastic to cut a slot. Turn out like a screw.
You, sir, are a steely-eyed missile man! That is an improvised solution to be proud of. Wish I'd thought of that.

bigfatdave
January 29, 2013, 11:25 PM
The hot screwdriver is clever, I like it!

I was going to suggest hitting it with oil (if needed) and turning it out with a scribe or other little pointy thing, just make a hole near the edge and whirl it around until you can simply unscrew it by hand.

But the hot screwdriver is probably simpler and faster - I'm just putting up the scribe concept for anyone with a similar problem and a non-melty stuck bit.

rcmodel
January 29, 2013, 11:42 PM
Pretty clever all right!

I think the first time I did it was in 1950-51 when I was 6-7 or so to get a broken plastic screw out of my cap gun.
Nobody told me how.
I just figured it out on my own.

I guess some of this gunsmith & mechanical aptitude stuff is just hereditary or something. :D

rc

skeezer1
January 30, 2013, 01:36 AM
I like the heat and screw driver. I usually use my left handed drills. I know this plastic you have there but in th case of metal cant beat them left hand drills.

ahandgunner2
February 11, 2013, 02:38 PM
rc, you shouldn't be playing with lighters or matches when you're 6-7...what were you thinking??? :)

WardenWolf
February 11, 2013, 02:43 PM
You can drill it out or do any of various other options. It's just plastic. It'll drill easily and disintegrate when there's not much left of it, long before you hit the threads. Just go slow.

When I was 3 years old I completely disassembled a gumball machine and put it back together correctly, and was taking doorknobs and other things apart and properly reassembling them. I used a penny for a screwdriver for the gumball machine.

GarySTL
February 11, 2013, 06:24 PM
Could also drill a small pilot hole and use an ez-out.

rcmodel
February 11, 2013, 07:52 PM
Any broken-off plastic screw in anything, is best addressed with a red-hot "something" that fits in the hole to melt into the broken-off plastic threaded part.

Then let it get cold, and unscrew it by the new "handle".

There is NO chance of damaging the threads, and it will take it out the first try.

rc.

icanthitabarn
February 12, 2013, 07:01 PM
Bet even RC never tried a fix of mine a few weeks ago. C.T. economy model, grip laser. The switch button is tiny and a pain. Put a tiny, hot, machine screw right into that button. Got lucky, I guess. Oh and coated the hard plastic grip with liquid tape. Not factory looking but I'm happy with it.

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