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Bullet drop rods, worth having?

 
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:06 PM
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Bullet drop rods, worth having?

Hi Guys,
Now I hope like hell that Im not the only one out there who this has happened to, infact I know Im not, but does anyone carry in there field kit a bullet drop rod?

For those who are reading this and think "what is this turkey on about?"
the situation is this.

As we all know some loads/bullets like being engaged into the lans, like some loads dont really like a tight neck tension, the combination of the two in a hunting situation can be well.... tricky.
If you chamber a round and dont fire it, then saftey first you unload the rifle, what happens is the bullet stays engaged and the case is removed, the result is you have bullet stuck in barrell, a primed empty case in your hand and a action full of powder,hmmmm.

Now the last two really aint sooo bad, the powder well, kinda but, bit of a shake, huff and a puff most of it is gone, not really going to upset the average joe.

THE BULLET, holy crap, you have just walked for two days, minimal everything, why would you need a cleaning rod? a boresnake will do everything you'll every need really! well think again. but who the hell wants a cleaning rod tagging along, yes I suppose a screw together one would work but, they fail, I've seen it.

This is where a $5 1/4"piece of brass 8" long saves your ass, hold muzzle up and drop that sucker down ya barrel, bullet and brass rod falls out, wheew, hunting again. not a long sorry walk out.

Lets just say, I have one now!!!

Just another one of those little things that you may just one day need, they weigh nothing and take up no room and for me NOW a invaluable piece kit.

Im interested to see if anyone else out there carrys them.

And BTW Im not going to back off my OAL nor increase my neck tension.

300WSMMAD
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:39 PM
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Re: Bullet drop rods, worth having?

That's a good idea and I think I'll get one in my pack. Last time it happened to me I ended up pounding it out with a doubled over piece of barb wire of a fence, it was ugly but the show had to go on!!
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:53 PM
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Re: Bullet drop rods, worth having?

I pretty much avoid seating into the lands for a hunting load.

I haven't had a rifle yet that I couldn't get decent results from yet with one bullet or another with at least .010" jump. Even that's not far off. So, perhaps you could still have something cause one to get stuck.

If you're going to be miles or days from home, it pays to think ahead.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:13 PM
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Re: Bullet drop rods, worth having?

Spending thousands of dollars a year on hunts I would never dream of seating to a point where there is even a possibility of a stuck bullet. I full length size and generally keep to SAMI specs (possibly a bit longer when I know the rifle well). I have never had a big accuracy impact this way and frankly function is more important than all other aspects. I chamber every round I take on a hunt, prior to packing. Malfunctions happen as well and you have to be able to get a new round from the magazine in the chamber. A rod is a good idea for debris and barell obstructions but I would hate to get into a dangerous and/or expensive situation with a stuck bullet.

Dont get me wrong I have seated long for target rifles but not for hunting purposes.
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:21 PM
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Re: Bullet drop rods, worth having?

"failing to prepare is preparing to fail" that is now I go into each hunt.

The load is not "jammed in" it would be best described as JUUUUST touching.

I deprimed the case and re seated the same bullet, I chambered it and opened bolt, the entire round came out bullet and all. go figure?

My point is.... **** HAPPENS!
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Old 02-14-2011, 10:31 PM
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Re: Bullet drop rods, worth having?

I had one jam that was a fluk, I had been pounding away on rock chucks but never emptied my mag all the way and the last one I did not shoot but I felt the extraction was of so I checked and sure nuff the recoil had pounded out the bullet and I jammed it, glad I was paying attention!!
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:12 AM
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Re: Bullet drop rods, worth having?

A last ditch fix if you have a bullet stuck in the riflings is to pull the bullet from a loaded round and then carefully without spilling the powder load it behind the bullet and shoot it out. I've done it,it works.
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