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I need help - I think I ruined my brand new AR15...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Sean Dempsey, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Sean Dempsey

    Sean Dempsey Well-Known Member

    So I got the Colt AR15 .223 on Saturday, and just today got some bore cleaner and a AR15 .223 cleaning kit.

    The kit had a pull-cord with a screw-in copper brush, and an eyelet for putting a pad through and pulling it through.

    So, just to clear the debris, I attach the copper brush and pull it through, no problem.

    Then, I attach the eyelet and put a pad through it and soak it with bore cleaner. I get the cord through, and start to pull, and it sticks.

    So I give it a good pull, and it's not budging. I can see the wadded pad, it looks to be just inside the barrel where the cartridge narrows. I can't really get it with tweezers or anything else.

    So, I've tried pushing it back out, but the cord is too flexibe. So I tried pushing it through, since it's the right size cleaner (like the copper brush), i figured that it HAD to go through.

    Still nothing.

    So it's been about an hour now of me feeling like the worlds biggest retard, and I have no idea what to do. I have the upper separated from the lower, and the bold removed so I can look straight down the barrel.

    But I don't know what to do. The little eyelet and pad are stuck and I cannot seem to budge them either way, I even grabbed the cord with vise-grips, and the metal wire in the cord started to fray.

    Did I just toss a thousand bucks into the toilet?
  2. fletcher

    fletcher Well-Known Member

    I doubt you ruined it, but it may need a trip to the gunsmith.

    But first, I'd get a dowel and try to push it out.
  3. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    Get a real cleaning rod and use it to knock the thing out.
  4. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    Does the patch golder screw into the cable?

    Unscrew it and use a rod to punch out the stuck patch.

  5. For Freedom

    For Freedom Well-Known Member

    Get someone to help you and pull it as hard as you can. This is actually a common problem. I've had it happen to me a few times. Just pull on it, it'll fly out once you put enough force into it.
  6. Sean Dempsey

    Sean Dempsey Well-Known Member

    I can't get the cable to unscrew off the end, I've tried and tried to unscrew it, but the cable just twists and doesn't move the brass end, so it's gonna be tough to get a dowel in there with the cable in the way, but I am gonna try that.

    So frustrating. Well, I guess the frustrating part is wondering what damage I did to my chamber trying to get it out... I'm too embarrassed to even tell you some of the things I did.
  7. Jeff F

    Jeff F Well-Known Member

    If its right there in the chamber and a cotton patch I might stand it upright and soak it with a little lighter fluid and then touch it off with a match and burn it out.
  8. Full Clip

    Full Clip Well-Known Member

    Try from the other end...
  9. lee n. field

    lee n. field Well-Known Member

    Yup. If necessary, a brass rod from Menards and a hammer to tap/whack it through.

    <sarc>Or send the gun to me for disposal.</sarc>
  10. green country shooter

    green country shooter Well-Known Member

    I doubt you hurt the chamber. The obstruction is probably made from brass, which is softer than your barrel. But be careful pushing a rod through it.
  11. strambo

    strambo Well-Known Member

    I had this happen to my M4 a couple weeks ago...I looped the cable around my boot standing on it...and YANKED! It worked.
  12. Sean Dempsey

    Sean Dempsey Well-Known Member

    I got it out with a hard pull, good advice.

    I Wrapped the cord around a huge wrench a few times, then held the gun between my legs and pulled up with all my might. It popped and then slid out. Never would have guessed that it could be pulled that hard.

    Thanks. I feel pretty dumb, but oh well. Live and learn.
  13. RockyMtnTactical

    RockyMtnTactical Well-Known Member

    You could have done some damage to the barrel, but it should work fine still...
  14. Check your sig line for the lesson,,, lol,,,, but don't let your location get you "down"

    I couldn't resist,,,, glad you got it taken care of though...
  15. blkbrd666

    blkbrd666 Well-Known Member

    Why does everyone insist on using the "field kit" to clean their gun??? Go get a regular cleaning rod...it does a much better job and it's easier.
  16. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    if the dowel doesn't work , burn that sucker out...
  17. Picard

    Picard Well-Known Member

    He said that he already got it out.
  18. strambo

    strambo Well-Known Member

    Your welcome...any problems, just ask a grunt...we've probably screwed it up before. ;)

    I still prefer the nylon covered cable to the traditional sectioned rod. Easier on the bore and more compact to carry in a kit.
  19. Jst1mr

    Jst1mr Well-Known Member

    Don't feel bad...

    Here's my first experience some while back w/ a new AR (the entire platform new to me): Eagerly reading instructions for takedown ("drive out takedown pin above and behind trigger"), but not heeding the instructional photos, I proceeded to drive out the trigger pin,:uhoh: and the disconnector fell out in my lap before I could see how it fit in there :cuss::cuss:....my sausage-fingers were unable to reach in and fit the part where I believed it to go (no schematics provided), so I thought I would drive out the other pin and remove the trigger assembly completely to work on it. As the pin cleared, the hammer launched 3-4ft in the air and landed on my shoulder. :fire::fire: After a few tries, I got it figured out how to install the spring to load the hammer, got that pin back in, then fought thru several attempts to get the disconnector back in and aligned enough to drive the pin back in to retain it:D Bottom line: pay attention to the book and tread not where the instructions stop! The AR ain't no 870!;)
  20. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    learn how to properly use the round patches with the six slits....

    watch the video that comes with the Otis kit.

    which hole you poke the eye through and where you make your pinch determines how large the "knot" of patch is.

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