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Old 07-03-2010, 10:26 AM   #1
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Default Best Way to Remove Stuck Bullet in Barrel?

Think I must of had some bad powder and have a lead bullet in my rifle barrel about 4 inches from the chamber, any ideas as the best way to remove it without screweing anything up...??

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Old 07-03-2010, 10:44 AM   #2
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I had a guy in my squad get a bullet stuck in his barrel and a cleaning rod and kevlar seemed to work pretty good.

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Think I must of had some bad powder and have a lead bullet in my rifle barrel about 4 inches from the chamber, any ideas as the best way to remove it without screweing anything up...??
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:50 AM   #3
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Never done this with a centerfire rifle, but I'd think it would be similar. If its a lead bullet, maybe get a cleaning rod mounted auger, screw it into the bullet, and pull with all you got?

That, or maybe a wood dowel and try and tap it out. You might be able to lubricate it a bit with bore butter or something simliar (like what you'd use with a muzzleloader).
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:01 PM   #4
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get a wood dal small enough to fit in the barrel and push it out might need some light tapping with a hammer. If it went in only a couple inches sounds like no powder and just a primer.
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:18 PM   #5
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The dowell is the idea I like best. However, not that anyone would try, do NOT put a primed case filled with even a mild powder charge into the chamber and try to fire the bullet out. There is so much that could go wrong with that approach................
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:25 PM   #6
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shot trap for many years. also liked to shoot at the range often. find a like size dowel or "ram rod" we called them. that should do the trick and the soft wood wont hurt any rifling.
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:25 PM   #7
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Wood dowel or a brass rod and tap it back out the way it went in. Check the barrel afterward for any damage. It shoud be fine with a lead bullet which is nice and soft.
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Old 07-03-2010, 09:32 PM   #8
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Tapping on the rod will expand the bullet. I'd use steady pressure and a lot of it. First I'd clean the bore behind the bullet and put some light oil in the bore with the muzzle down and leave it for a good soak.
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:15 AM   #9
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Hey "Russ". Do you have any more info about what caused this in the first place. I agree that it could be a primer charge without powder. I have also seen, on many occasions, incorrect rounds in a factory box! I witnessed a guy at Fishemen's open a box of '06 rounds from the shelf only to find 4 of them were .270.

If you're using a lead bullet, I assume you mean solid lead without jacketing of any type. Were you using reduced loads for cowboy events or something?

Rifling in a barrel is a tricky thing. If you have to really apply pressure...alot...or feel that "thing darned thing just won't budge"...get yourself to a local gunsmith. After removal have him check for inconsistencies in your barrel / rifling.

This is nothing to play with. You really need to find out WHY more than HOW?

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Old 07-04-2010, 07:07 AM   #10
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I've driven both cast & jacketed with a brass rod & normally just a couple of firm whacks with a 4# hammer with no damage to the barrel. Make sure the rod is clean so you don't add an abrasive to you barrel & 4" with cast lead is about standard for a case with no powder in <.30 cal. Not that big a deal just make sure you don't miss a stuck one & follow up with a full load.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:04 AM   #11
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I've driven both cast & jacketed with a brass rod & normally just a couple of firm whacks with a 4# hammer with no damage to the barrel. Make sure the rod is clean so you don't add an abrasive to you barrel & 4" with cast lead is about standard for a case with no powder in <.30 cal. Not that big a deal just make sure you don't miss a stuck one & follow up with a full load.
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:40 PM   #12
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I use a wood dowel. having old guns i will check the bore diameter with a lead bullet by driving it through the barrel with a wood dowel. 303 brit can vary from 308 to 312 so its nice to know what to size the bullet for.
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Don you are lucky you still have all your digits.
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:08 PM   #14
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Bullets stuck in the bore were a rare but regular occurance on the line when I was shooting competively. These were not cast lead bullets, but were jacketed .223 or .308 diameter jacketed match bullets.

The fix is always the same- use a cleaning rod with no jag in it (the threaded end of the rod will grab the bullet at the tip. Insert the rod from the muzzle end of the weapon (make sure the action is open) and tap the bullet back through the bore and out the chamber. No hammer necessary.

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Old 07-05-2010, 12:18 PM   #15
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Just remembered that black powder shooters occasionally pull cast lead bullets using a fiberglass ramrod and an insert that looks like a big wood screw. If you are using something around 40 cal or so you ought to be able to get an extra long glass ramrod and bullet puller insert. Maybe check Brownells or one of the black powder supply places- if Dixie Gun Works is still in business they'll have it.

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