Originally Posted by kirbymcrae
So...we have a big (I think) dilemma.
I have an older Ruger M77 in .243 and it has a case lodged in the chamber. I got a bunch of cases that are a lil bit too big, and tried to chamber one (stupid idea) that I had accidentally primed, but not loaded yet. It went in, but it wont come out now; the bolt will open and close all of the way, but the extractor wont grab on to the case. So we tried to pound it out with a 3/16 wooden dowel (an even worse idea), because the dowel broke off just inside the barrel with no conceivable way to get it out. Now we have a stuck case and a plugged barrel, not good.
So, question time.
1. Why is my extractor not having a death grip and just pulling it out?
2. How do I get the stuck case out?
3. How do I get the stuck dowel out?
4. How can I make the rest of the cases that are too big fit? They fit in the M70 but not in the M77.
5. Could I have (Before I fired the primer off) essentially breech loaded a fire forming load?
I've had some really stuck cases in the past. I think anyone who's done much reloading has run into it at some point.
I've never had one I couldn't get out by doing the following:
Fire it if there's a live primer in it.
Leave bolt open, do not bang or hammer on it to get the case to release.
spray a little lube down the muzzle and let it sit for a bit.
Take a cleaning rod and slide it down till it bottoms out in the case.
Repeatedly just tap/bounce the cleaning rod against the case and sooner or later it will break free.
Do this with the rifle butt on the ground barrel straight up. Gravity and the weight of the bolt will work with you to help dislodge it.
If I ever ran into one I couldn't get out with this method I'd take it straight to a gunsmith and let them do what they get paid for.
No sense risking doing any damage to the rig just out of frustration.