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Cloth stuck in barrel

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by groundhog34, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. groundhog34

    groundhog34 Well-Known Member

    We were cleaning a very dirty rifle and a piece of cloth came off the rod and is firmly stuck in the barrel. Any ideas how to desolve it or get it out?. Maybe some weak acid poured down the barrel, but I really don't know.
  2. Auburn1992

    Auburn1992 Well-Known Member

    Have your tried using a borebrush to make it come out?
  3. lions

    lions Well-Known Member

    You could try to burn it out.
  4. N1150X

    N1150X member


    why don't you just take apart a live round NO bullet NO gunpowder just a primer and a casing and "shoot it out" DO NOT USE A LIVE ROUND. BULLET CASING POWDER AND PRIMER YOU BARREL WILL EXPLODE
  5. Birdhunter1

    Birdhunter1 Well-Known Member

    Have you tried soaking it in oil an pushing it out with a rod and jag?
  6. NeoSpud

    NeoSpud Well-Known Member

    If you have an air compressor with a blowgun attachment you could just blow it out.
  7. Picard

    Picard Well-Known Member

    Yeah, do not use acid. Acids will eat away at the metal which is a definite no-no. Burning it out or pushing it out would probably work best.

    Maybe put a small bit of kerosene down the barrel and light it. The cloth will slowly burn and allow you to push it out when it does.

    I have never done this but I do not see how it could hurt at all, as long as you don't set anything else on fire. Hoppes #9, by the way, is kerosene based, and these temps will be lower than any temps reached by a round going off.
  8. jackdanson

    jackdanson Well-Known Member

    Don't try to burn it out.... it won't work... ask me how I know... soak in oil, push with brush.
  9. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay Well-Known Member

    what caliber? length of plumbers snake, fiddle with the end using pliers and a file and a low speed drill turning in the 'out' direction of the rifleing.
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    You can't light a fire down the hole in a stopped up rifle barrel!

    The fire will go out due to lack of oxygen before it ever gets started.

    Knock it out with a closely fitted flat end cleaning rod jag, or brass rod.

    You didn't bother to say what kind of rifle it is, but a .22 RF will not have enough primer to shoot it out like N1150X suggested.
    A center-fire might.

    I also liked the air compressor suggestion from NeoSpud.
    Sure worth a try!

  11. Larry E

    Larry E Well-Known Member

    If you try to shoot it out there's a possibility that you could bulge the barrel. I'd try oiling the cloth then driving it out with a sturdy rod that fits the bore pretty closely. It will likely require a lot of tapping, so don't try to knock it out with one whack. Lots of small(ish) taps with a hammer or chunk of wood.
  12. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    In order to burn a stuck patch out of a rifle barrel, you apply heat to the EXTERIOR of the barrel.

    When the area adjacent to the obstruction is red-hot, the obstruction will be turned to cinders.

    Indeed, there is no feasible way to INSERT fire into the barrel in such a way to destroy an obstruction.

    If you have some good reason for not wanting to put a torch on the barrel, you can obtain a brass rod of just under the diameter of the bore, and pound the living heck out of the rod in hopes that the obstruction will be freed. That usually works - although a torch is usually much easier to come by than a brass rod of sufficient length and correct diameter.
  13. Jim_100

    Jim_100 Well-Known Member

    I think I would avoid making anything on the gun red hot. I don't know, just seems like a bad idea.
  14. mpmarty

    mpmarty Well-Known Member

    Why not take a thin piece of wire and poke it through the cloth repeatedly tearing small bits at a time until the cloth is out?
  15. NC-Mike

    NC-Mike Well-Known Member

    Get a rod, put a point on it and heat it cherry red. Impale the obstruction with the red-hot rod and it will then fall out. :)
  16. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    Groundhog must be given credit for asking. Others would have ruined the rifle trying to do something stupid. And believe me, sometimes humans can come up with some pretty stupid ideas.

    Take great care not to ruin the rifling in the barrel. Use a wood dowel, aluminum or brass cleaning rod, or a steel cleaning rod that has a vinyl coating to protect the bore.

    In many cases, you tap the rod clean through the cloth plug. But that's OK because it helps loosen the plug up. Lubrication is always helpful.

    Just go slow, tap on the rod, and be careful of the rifling in the bore.
  17. General Geoff

    General Geoff Well-Known Member

    wooden dowel, rubber mallet. The end :)
  18. Golden Hound

    Golden Hound Well-Known Member

    +1. Use a mallet and tap it through very slowly.
  19. marktx

    marktx Well-Known Member

    Why not use a blank round and shoot it out? I doubt a piece of cloth would cause any higher pressure than a regular round sending a bullet out the end of the barrel.
  20. rr2241tx

    rr2241tx Well-Known Member

    A deadblow plastic mallet and your cleaning rod will tap it out. Never, ever stick a hardwood dowel in your barrel and start hitting it or you will end up with wedged wood obstructing access to the original obstruction. It's not really necessary to go into how I came by that particular pearl of wisdom.

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