Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Captain Quack, May 26, 2021.
That depend on where the bullet stopped. I primer only squib your probably right in most cases. I popped one out once with a rock and the rod off my chronograph. But a squib with a small fraction of the correct powder charger can push a bullet much further down the barrel. I squib one once that stopped a 200gr 40-caliber bullet about half-inch from the end of a 6.5 inch barrel on a revolver. That meant I had to drive that bullet back 6-inches since I couldn't come from the breach end. That took a good vice, with soft jaws, and a lot of pounding with a hammer on a 3/8 aluminum rod. A rifle bullet stuck part way down a barrel can be even harder to deal with due to smaller bore diameter, longer barrel.
Drill rod with the ends chamfer/filleted works well but most people freak out if you suggest putting a steel rod down a gun barrel.
go buy a gun cleaning kit mate they come with them for long guns.
The end of the wood rod will (with surprisingly little force) splinter and grow in diameter, just like a wooden hammer handle wedged in the head eye. And just like removing a hammer handle from the head eye, it's quite difficult.
Even worse, all of the splinters will wedge in gaps between the bullet ogive and the bore, making the bullet even mo' stuck'er.
Rifles, on the other hand...
...not to sidetrack the thread, but what's everyone's opinion on using a lighter - charged case with cotton filler to minimize volumetric burn issues (for instance, 30 grains of IMR 4064 in a .308 Winchester Case - typically accommodates between 40 and 44 grains) to clear rifle squibs?
I've been doing this on my bolt - actions, seems to work fine - the sound's somewhat comical, with the bullet being "farted" out.
I have a rod on my barrel rack just for messes like you are fixing to create.
Long rifle barrels maybe a different situation.
The only wood rods we use at the private range are blooper sticks used to remove a shotgun wad in a round that did not exit the barrel.
Had a guy bring me a rifle that had a stuck jacketed bullet and broken wood dowels in both ends of the barrel. Used the acetylene torch to gently heat the barrel enough to burn/char out the wood and then drove out the bullet with a brass rod.
^^^^ And that's why we don't use wood dowels or sticks. It only takes one time to regret it.
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