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I Messed Up, Need Ideas! Stuck BoreSnake

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Noah, Jul 26, 2012.

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  1. Noah

    Noah Well-Known Member

    I Messed Up, Need Ideas! Stuck BoreSnake (Resolved)

    I know this is dumb :( but I have gotten a boresnake and a patch stuck in the barrel of my 5.45 Saiga immediately after the chamber.

    I went to clean the gun, and, not paying attention, put a 12ga- sized cotton patch in the loop at the tail end of my boresnake. Used to a good deal of resistance, I didn't realize what I'd done until the loop and patch were very tightly lodged in the beginning of the barrel. :cuss:

    I've been working at it for several hours but have not come up with any form of effective solution. I've tried (for 2 hours now) to pull it rearwards using needle nosed pliers, and have only succeeded in shredding the loose areas of the patch not tightly jammed with the loop in the barrel. I've also confirmed that there is no way that the obstruction is getting pulled out. I tried soaking the obstruction in gun solvent for a few hours but it seems to have made no difference. :fire:

    The gun has a 16" barrel, and I've used the boresnake (both with and without a proper sized patch) before several times.

    I need some input and help. I'm out of ideas. I thought of the possibility of burning the patch from the rear, but I don't know if that is at all a practical idea.

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    Last edited: Jul 27, 2012
  2. docsleepy

    docsleepy Well-Known Member

    what exactlyis the loop made out of ?
  3. Noah

    Noah Well-Known Member

  4. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    tie on to your pickup bumper....it will come out.
  5. Noah

    Noah Well-Known Member

    Could that damage anything? I'd go with the 1950 Ford tractor.

    I'd be afraid that it would snap somewhere outside of the barrel, just making things harder. I've tried pulling it out by anchoring it to a piece of solid furniture, and I was bending a 2x6 with no progress.
  6. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    Is there enough accessible from the chamber end to thread another string through the weave of the boresnake? If so, you might be able to thread a cord through it and pull it out from the chamber end.

    I also think you can probably pull it all the way through the direction it was already headed, but it won't be easy...
  7. docsleepy

    docsleepy Well-Known Member

    OK, dunno if this will work.

    use convex (magnifying glass) lens to focus midday sun on center of patch (aligned carefully with bore so as to be certain focused beam will not heat metal) while keeping ice cubes around barrel throat external area.

    Idea is to bore through to ther nylon ring and cut it or reduce volume such that it will go through.

    must avoid heating chamber to ignition-like temperatures, as this might damage hardness of metal. Just enough to cause smoldering of cotton patch. (let the gun lube evaporate away overnight)
  8. animator

    animator Well-Known Member

    maybe screw in a drywall screw into it and pull it out with some pliers... that was the first thing that came to mind :D Not sure on it's practicality...
  9. Noah

    Noah Well-Known Member

    The picture of the chamber is a horrible cell phone picture with bad angle and lighting, but it is at least worth a few words if not 1,000. There is no part of the loop exposed, only tightly packed patch.
  10. Noah

    Noah Well-Known Member

    I've thought of using a screw but was worried about scratching the chamber.
  11. animator

    animator Well-Known Member

    The other suggestion is a steel cleaning rod from the muzzle end. It'll hammer out eventually... or break the rod.
  12. Noah

    Noah Well-Known Member

    Or scratch the rifling up...
  13. chaser_2332

    chaser_2332 Well-Known Member

    Get a wooden dowel rod and put in in the muzzle end leaving a few inches sticking out to tap on with a something rigid. It should come out with a few swift taps.
  14. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    wow... and cellulose is so resistant to non-polar solvents... tough one. can you cut the loop? better to lose the snake than the bore...
  15. chaser_2332

    chaser_2332 Well-Known Member

    Lesson learned........ Dont clean your barrel
  16. Onward Allusion

    Onward Allusion Well-Known Member

  17. funnelcake

    funnelcake Well-Known Member

    No way cotton or nylon set aflame for brief time would affect any metal tempering, etc. Douse it in something flammable and roast away. A bronze bore brush should clean out the aftermath.

  18. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    Tap the muzzle end to 3/16" NPT, screw in fittings and use compressed air. Saw off 3/4" of barrel when finished.
  19. Noah

    Noah Well-Known Member

    Can't reach the loop due to packed patch in the barrel behind it.

    I've been using forceps just like that, but can get no grip on the patch.

    It is flush to the throat immediately after the neck in the chamber.

    Would any molten nylon be possible to remove without damage?
  20. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    Do not put anything else metal in there. You'll only succeed in damaging your bore! Call your local smith he'll know how to get it out.
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