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What happens if patch left in .223 barrel

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bushmaster1313, May 1, 2012.

  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    I was cleaning my .223 EBR and the cleaning rod came out absent the patch.
    What typically happens if gun is fired with a patch in the barrel.

    I got the patch out buy I bet some rifles get shot with a patch that got left behind.
    Last edited: May 1, 2012
  2. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    It would probably cause serious overpressure, potentially damage. Bore obstructions are no joke. Even too much oil can raise pressure significantly.
  3. Double Vision

    Double Vision Well-Known Member

    I'm no expert but I'm guessing that shooting any gun with any obstruction is a Bozo no-no.

    Before heading out to the range, I always shine a light down the barrel of a safe gun to make sure it's crystal clean.
  4. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Well-Known Member

    I think the short answer is maybe/probably your gun blows up.
  5. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    You will end up with a rupture or bulge in your barrel, maybe it will be noticeable, maybe it wont but there is going to certainly be measurable distortion.
  6. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    How could somebody know he put a patch into the bore, note that it didn't come out, and shoot the gun anyway?
  7. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    I saw that it did not come out.
    I could have missed it.
    Also, I sometimes use two patches and one could come out and one could stay in.

    I am going to be extra careful making sure my bore is clear after cleaning.

    FIVETWOSEVEN Well-Known Member

    He was asking "what if" if someone missed that patch. Some people have left their bore sighters in the barrel and shot.
  9. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    It COULD become very exciting for you, and not in a good way.
  10. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Hatcher did some experiments on that. Sometimes the barrel was bulged, sometimes it wasn't. It is always a good idea to look through the barrel before shooting to see that the hole goes all the way through.
  11. LJ-MosinFreak-Buck

    LJ-MosinFreak-Buck Well-Known Member

    When I get ready to shoot, I check bores before I leave to the range, again when I get to the range, and if I see the slightest bit of debris, I run a snake/patch through the bore to make sure.

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