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Unread 01-27-2007, 12:32 PM
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how to remove jammed cartridges from chamber?

My shooting buddy has been only neck sizing his cases. He recently loaded one into his rifle but could not close the bolt. Now he can't get the cartridge out. I would appreciate all the recommendations any of you will share on getting it out. Thanks.
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    Unread 01-27-2007, 12:35 PM
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    Re: how to remove jammed cartridges from chamber?

    Have you tried pushing it out from the muzzle using the cleaning rod?
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    Re: how to remove jammed cartridges from chamber?

    Hope hes been lubing his bolt lugs.
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    Re: how to remove jammed cartridges from chamber?

    I managed to get some peculiar brass that was really goofy and had that problem.

    Here is what I do.

    Remove the bolt

    Take some liquid wrench and pour it down the barrel.

    Take a coated cleaning rod with a female tip SO IT CATCHES THE END OF THE BULLET. DO NOT LET IT SLIP TO THE SIDE. IT MUST CATCH THE BULLET TIP.

    Push the bullet into the case with the cleaning rod so the liquid wrench can get into the powder and make it less sensitive to sparking in case you goof up.

    Let this sit until you feel lucky.

    Put the cleaning rod back down the barrel and try very hard not to screw up your crown nor to ignite the round.

    Try to lightly tap the round on out. Apply more and more force as necessary. Remember your crown is at stake here. In the end you may need a hammer.


    Before you try my method wait and see if some one can tell you how to do it without risking the crown.
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    Re: how to remove jammed cartridges from chamber?

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    My shooting buddy has been only neck sizing his cases. He recently loaded one into his rifle but could not close the bolt. Now he can't get the cartridge out. I would appreciate all the recommendations any of you will share on getting it out. Thanks. Paul

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    How far is the bolt "not closed". If the handle is up, or if you can remove the bold, it is easy. Just tap the round out from the muzzle with a cleaning rod and a light hammer.

    If, by "not close the bolt", you mean it is almost fully closed, but not all the way, then take a lite piece of wood (2x4) and lightly tap the bolt handle up until the handle up... even if you can't withdraw the cartridge. Then use a rod and tap the round out.

    If the bolt is closed, or almost closed, and you can't get the bolt handle up, then take it to a 'smith, cuz it is very dangerous in this condition.

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    Re: how to remove jammed cartridges from chamber?

    Don't fool with it, take it to a smith. He will force the bolt or remove the barrel and tell you what happened.
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    Re: how to remove jammed cartridges from chamber?

    Hell, just do what buffalobob said maybe even skipping the liquid wrench and if you have a muzzle brake and are careful when inserting the cleaning rod from the muzzle there isn't too much to worry about regarding the crown. If no brake then careful is the work.

    I have felt lucky and have done this many times and have yet to have the bullet move in the case neck.

    However, all mine stick because of increased case diameter just ahead of the web.

    Also my "female" end is brass which helps w/the sparking problem.

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