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July 1, 2010, 07:17 PM
Ah, the stupidity of whims. Fired shell casing with no powder in it thru cz vz 52 pistol. Amazingly the uncharged casing was able to drive 7.62mm bullet nearly half way thru barrel. How do I remove it without damaging barrel? Thanks. : (

July 1, 2010, 07:22 PM
Barrel was clean and dry and clear...

July 1, 2010, 07:52 PM
Field strip the pistol, removing the barrel.

Take it to the hardware store and buy a piece of brass rod that is slightly smaller than bore diameter and at least 8" long.

Put a wrap of masking tape on the rod.

Put a squirt of oil into the muzzle and let it run down onto the bullet.

Put the barrel muzzle down on a block of wood.

Place the tape-covered brass rod into the chamber end of the barrel until it touches the base of the bullet.

Use a hammer to tap, tap, tap the bullet out. Remember to tap like you are breaking ice cubes to put into your drink, don't pound like you're driving nails or breaking rocks.

Note: Do not go cheap any buy a wooden dowel, because it will split and create a bigger problem.

ohen cepel
July 1, 2010, 08:03 PM
Good advice posted about the rod.

I've done it with a wooden dowel in the past without an issue.

July 1, 2010, 08:06 PM
Good. Thanks. I mightve fallen prey to another stupid whim: take second shell casing, remove bullet, leave powder, cover opening with scotch tape to secure powder, chamber blank, and fire to drive bullet rest of the way. I'm sure that result would have been noteworthy... : /

July 1, 2010, 08:07 PM
Firing a powder charge behind a stuck bullet is a sure fire way to BULGE THE BARREL. :(

July 2, 2010, 12:50 AM
The bullet is steel jacketed. Will that put up too much resistance to be tapped out? Thank you.

July 2, 2010, 02:14 AM
Nope. Just push it toward the breech.

July 2, 2010, 08:05 AM
Breech? The bullet should be pushed in the direction of fire, right? Towards the muzzle, towards the front sight? Or does it not matter?

Jim Watson
July 2, 2010, 08:30 AM
It usually comes out easier the way it went in.

Let it soak with Kroil or other penetrating oil for a day or so before you start beating on it.

July 2, 2010, 09:03 AM
can't you just load another round and shoot it out?:confused:

i'm kidding. really. don't do it.

July 2, 2010, 11:43 AM
can't you just load another round and shoot it out?

i'm kidding. really. don't do it. What would have happened if the guy did not read the "kidding" part of your post? This is not something you should be joking about.

Old Grump
July 2, 2010, 03:27 PM
The bullet is steel jacketed. Will that put up too much resistance to be tapped out? Thank you. Steel? Forget pounding it out, you need to press it out. After you get the barrel secured you need to rig a hydraulic jack that you can pump up slowly pushing the rod against the bullet and ease it out of the barrel. A light squirt of lube in the muzzle will probably help, I doubt the penetrating oil from the breech will do you much good. If you can't figure out a way to secure the barrel and rig the jack then take it to a shop and have them do it for you, gunsmith, machine shop, auto body shop, maybe a machinist friend if you know one.

I can't figure out why I always hated steel jacket bullets...wait, wait, its coming to me.

James K
July 2, 2010, 07:45 PM
OK, a dirty little gunsmith secret, but to be tried AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Remove the bullet from a live round and dump out half the powder. Stick a bit of cotton in the case to keep the powder back, then load the case and fire it. As always, keep the muzzle in a safe direction as that bullet will come out with a respectable velocity.


July 4, 2010, 11:52 PM
Senior Member advice??????????