Okay, so of all my posts ever this one generated the most interest it seems...
Well somewhere between our initial conversation and my saying lets give it till Monday to see what ideas guys have, the dude in question tried tapping it out with a cleaning rod - with a jag attached. Hmmm.... pointed bullet and fairly pointed jag. So the whole deal slips and the jag jams between the bullet and the rifling.
But it gets even better - he manages to strip the threads on the jag when removing the rod. I didn't even ask what caliber rod it was.
Now the title changes to: "Bullet and cleaning jag jammed in the barrel"!
Guys thanks for the input.
Some really good ideas and at least now I know if this ever happens to me; which I hope it will not. Thanks for the input; I don't expect further suggestions. He is on his own now.
By the way, for lightly jammed bullets I like the idea of a failry snug fitting heavy brass rod to drop onto the bullet.
I also like the idea of tapping it out with a tight fitting dowel.
But as this now excludes the black powder solution I'm sort of disappointed.
By the way, I'm in South Africa, so a "Southern" setting would have been possible, but "Appalachian" would require a bunch of travel!
Thanks again guys. I'm sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping for a good video. I'll let you know how he works it out. Potentially I see a rechambering in his future.