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I did a very dumb thing cleaning

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Outrigger, Jun 2, 2004.

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  1. Outrigger

    Outrigger Member

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    After a session of can-killing I sat down to clean my S&W66. I noticed some pretty severe leading at the muzzle so grabbed the Lewis Lead Remover. As I pulled it into the barrel it got stuck about 1.5" in. Now here's the dumb part...I twisted the rod. SNAP...sheared the threads holding the rubber tip to the rod, and now i have an obstructed barrel. Tried some light tapping but I don't want to cause any dammage. Is it time to bring in a professional? :banghead:
     
  2. Clemson

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    No pro needed yet. Get a wooden dowel rod of 5/16" diameter. Cut off a piece about 7-8 inches long and use that to tap the broken end back out. I have broken the end off a Lewis Lead Remover myself. Time for a new lead remover.

    Clemson
     
  3. Outrigger

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    Wooden dowel worked as advertised. It did take some stiff whacks. Lesson learned. Thanks!!
     
  4. 1911Tuner

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    re: Dumb and Dumber

    Howdy Outrigger...When smart folks do dumb things, it just shows that they're human.:p

    I knew of this one guy who was very wise in the ways of the 1911...A
    shooter on the range he was usin' walked over and handed him a Colt
    that was hangin' up rounds on the feed ramp. This wise feller locked the
    slide back to have a look-see at the ramp/throat junction for overhang...
    stuck his finger in there to see if he could feel anything, and tripped the
    slide release...just like he KNEW what he was doin'.............

    Ain't gonna call any names, but he's the moderator on the gunsmithin' forum here on THR.:rolleyes:

    Cheers!

    Tuner
     
  5. bountyhunter

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    You'll carry a dowel in your bag after you have shot as many rounds as I have. It is affectionately known as a "squib stick" and you use it to drive out slugs that park in the barrel caused by cheap reload ammo with a low powder charge.
     
  6. stans

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    So tell me, does that individual's finger hurt on cold, damp days? I would never do something so silly like activate the hammer dropping safety on a S&W 39-2 and catch a bit of thumb flesh between the slide and the hammer. Nope, not me, never ever dangled a pistol off of my thumb.:rolleyes:
     
  7. Deles136

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    Everyone should try holding an M1 Garand by using only their right thumb.
     
  8. 1911Tuner

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    All Thumbs

    stans asked:

    So tell me, does that individual's finger hurt on cold, damp days?

    Like SIN! Er...um...or at least that's what he says.:D
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    Deles136 said:

    Everyone should try holding an M1 Garand by using only their right thumb

    Oh all right! My thumb AND my finger hurt on cold, damp days! :D

    Notice how much heavier a Garand is when you're holdin' it with one thumb?:p

    Cheers!

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  9. sm

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    More fun to watch dumb and dumbers...

    I had a piece of Delrin solid tubing, using it like a wooden down to remove a primer fired target wadcutter from a Ruger Security Six. What the fellow had done- he had forgot the powder, it happens , now we just needed to remove the bullet.

    I decided, to use a muzzle guard , insert the derlin through muzzle guard (like a cleaning rod) , and use a spring loaded center punch instead of tapping with a hammer. I had cupped the end of Derlin and the auto punch fit tight.

    The fella was facinated by the spring loaded center punches. I had quite a few, and I made my own "punches" of various shape and materials for different jobs. Steel, derlin, brass...

    He was admiring the bigger one, with the real pointy steel punch.

    I'm sitting at the vise with my back to him. I am focused on the bbl in the padded vise, and what I'm doing. Kerchunk...Kerchunk...Kerchunk...

    I stop to view the mirror to see how I am doing...

    KERCHUNK - Ouuuucccchhh!!!

    I turn around, well he decided to "test" that spring loaded punch with the real sharp steel point on his Thumbnail. Eewwwy.

    He sat there with his thumb in rubbing alcohol and ice, did not touch any more tools...but he flinched everytime I went kerchunk.

    Not sure if was more elated I removed the bullet or I stopped using the autopunch. :p
     
  10. 1911Tuner

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    Dumb and Dumber: Part 2

    Lordy...I wish ya'll would stop postin' these "I'm a Dummy" threads...No
    tellin' where it'll go.:D

    Where I used to live, I set up a little indoor range in the basement, and
    bought a buttload of Speer plastic ammo. (Primer only) The .38s use
    plastic bullets AND cases, and the cases didn't last long. Got to be
    expensive...so I started usin' brass cases with the flash hole opened up,
    and molded paraffin wax into sheets. Primed case pushed into the
    sheet of wax makes a nifty wadcutter, and shot into one hole through
    an old Model 10 at about 20 feet.

    So, this guy I worked with on the midnight shift wanted to come see my
    set-up, and learn to reload. He asked what the wax was for. I showed him, and he was rightly impressed...I turned my back on him to set up
    the press for .44 magnum so he could reload a box of ammo for his M-29...

    While I was busy, this genius loaded the M-10 with wax rounds...and
    shot himself in the foot! He was dancin' around, fightin' back tears and
    tryin' to explain that he did it to see if it would hurt. Guess he answered his own question....:rolleyes: Prolly a good thing he was wearin'
    leather shoes instead of sneakers...:D

    Okay...I'm all done now. This thread could get lengthy.:p

    First Rule of Life:

    Don't be an idiot!:D

    Cheers!

    Tuner
     
  11. sm

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    Get over here, my hus...that fella I'm marr...guy that occupies space over here pulled another stupid

    I show up and the "guy that occupies space" has been sent to pick up supper - "take a l-o-n-g time about it..."

    Eww

    HER newly remodeled kitchen is err...the new stove is a mess, it Stinks in here...I see on HER newly refinished countertops - that real nice ivory granite stuff - the 1911, all apart, dirty and grimey...oh and one of those brand new "decorative towels" for the kitchen...the ones for looks only with the price tags still attached...err...smells like Hoppe's and well has a "definite gun" ...pattern /design to it.

    I pick up the bbl, it is totally obstructed, I mean from muzzle to breech...with paraffin wax.

    The fella read about "slugging the bore". He didn't have any lead [ Thank Goodness!!]and figured he could heat up the Gulf Wax tm) paraffin wax in a saucepan ( yeah it was new as well) and just heat it up, pour it down the bbl and then ...I really don't know how HIS mind thought he was going to able to measure once cool.

    Parffin was "everywhere". Double Boiler - heck I guess he though that meant "boil twice"...he may know about doing taxes...a kitchen, forget it...spreading peanut butter on a slice of bread is a major accomplishment.

    She comes over, with a plastic spatula, she has removed most of the paraffin from stove top...getting a bit of a sense of humor, she picks up the bbl Kinda reminds one of a suppository don't it? Have I evil thoughts on where I'd like to use it...

    I drop the bbl in boiling water to remove paraffin. I use OLD rags for my purpose, head out to the garage and get this 1911 back together. I didn't load it...Her sense of humor was NOT that back to normal - yet.

    Do you realize how much mess one little brick of Gulf Wax (tm) can make?

    Well by golly the kitchen was "finally" back to "new" again. Oh he paid for new "decorative" towels...and then some. Kitchen stayed new for a bit...and when they went out to eat, it was not burger and fries either...

    Same fella keeps his BP at his Brother's. with the master bath getting remodeled, new fiberglass tub and shower...well lets say that old tub had character from a previous cleaning episode...no guns in the bathroom...fella has the "most expensive" set of cleaning rags I have ever seen...with flowers, birds, embroidered edges and real "purty lace"...
     
  12. bountyhunter

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    I knew a guy in high school who carried a knife and had used it on some people. One night when he was really drunk, he got curious about what it felt like when he stabbed somebody. So, he pulled his blade and stuck it into his own shoulder.... but being that drunk, it didn't hurt it just felt "cold". So, he then grabbed the handle and ROTATED it..... that hurt!

    I swear that actually happened.
     
  13. 1911Tuner

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    Bountyhunter said:

    I swear that actually happened.

    ROFL bh...He sounds like that little joke on southern Bubbas...

    If you hear him say: "Hey, ya'll watch this!" Stand back...it may be the last thing he ever does.:D

    I knew a guy who dove into a Yadkin River tributary to see how cold it
    was...in February! The boy dang near drowned before they could haul him out. 'Course...he had been partakin' of the product of one of the local
    *ahem* distillers...:D

    Cheers!

    Tuner
     
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