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Use blank round to remove stuck bullet from barrel?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by JellyJar, Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    I'd still go with a brass rod.
  2. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    Southeastern Pa.
    The ONLY way to remove a bore obstruction is to tap it out with a brass rod.
    When THAT is done, you must set down and figure out just HOW the bore got "obstructed" in the first place.
    Squib reload maybe??
  3. Mk VII

    Mk VII Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    The powder in blanks has to be very fast burning, and there has to be enough of it to make a decent noise. 11 grains of Bullseye or N310 was what I used to use in .303 or 30/06. Not something you want behind a bullet.
  4. cbnoble

    cbnoble Member

    Jul 6, 2012
    I can actually personally vouch to this one. We were shooting a FA 1919 one day and when we went to pull the barrel at the end of the day to clean, we found it wouldn't pull back through the trunnion. We ended up taking it out the front of the shroud and when we looked down the barrel we could see where it had been ringed.

    Eventually we took the barrel and put it on a lathe to turn it back down to the original OD. That barrel now has a real nice shiny "I" shaped spot on one side. It turned out that it bulged one side of the 1919 barrel but not the other.

    So it CAN happen with a very thick machine gun barrel, but based on the deformation it caused, I wouldn't want to try it with anything, including a 1919. Ours was weird because there had been enough pressure to cycle the gun, but not enough to get the bullet all the way through the barrel. We got lucky.

    Shame of is that one of the first tools we made for the gun was a rod to use to push out any barrel obstructions that might arise. It has been used several times for helping to remove broken shells, but never for a stuck bullet....
  5. Jim K

    Jim K Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Look, guys, READ what I wrote.

    First, I said NOT to use blank cartridges. I am well aware of blank powder and its characteristics.

    Second, I said NOT to use a bullet in the second cartridge. Trying to shoot an obstruction out with a live BULLETED round WILL bulge or burst the barrel.

    Darnit, I don't mind being criticized for what I said, but I don't like people who jump on me for what they think I said.

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