View Full Version : Stuck bullet removal question

November 10, 2012, 11:42 AM
Okay... it finally happened.:o Was testing subsonics (180 flat base sp, new Lapua brass, 10.0 Trialboss, CCI 200 primers) for stability. First 3 were fine- stable at 75 yards and very accurate- no problems. also, barrel was clean but not oiled.

Put the suppressor on for the 4th shot and POOT... nothing! Checked and the bullet is stuck about 4" in front of the chamber. Rifle is a Remington 5R cut down to 21.75"

I plan on soaking it in Kroil overnight and using a wooden dowel to tap it out but since it is a soft point is it better to tap it towards the chamber (shortest distance) or out the muzzle???

November 10, 2012, 03:03 PM
Soaked the bore from the chamber end in Du Pont teflon penetrant for 15 minutes. Took a 1/4" steel dowel, wrapped duct tape at one end and 6" below that until the wrapped sections mic'd .290"

Inserted from muzzle, and after about a dozen hard whacks the bullet came out. After cleaning a visual inspection from both ends looks good. Best I can manage without a bore scope.

November 10, 2012, 03:06 PM
Good approach, but if it happens again use a BRASS rod, not steel. Brass won't risk scratching the bore.

November 10, 2012, 03:15 PM
Natman: I agree 100% but I live in a rural area and that's all Lowes had. I did chamfer the edge of the dowel on my bench sander however. Hopefully it's all good!

4V50 Gary
November 11, 2012, 02:25 PM
Use a brass muzzle guard if you must do it again with a steel rod.

Glad it's out.

Jim Watson
November 11, 2012, 03:19 PM
Have you figured out the cause for the stuck bullet?

Short load?
Trail Boss not as wonderful for rifle loads as claimed?
Some weird interaction with the suppressor?

November 12, 2012, 02:01 AM
aluminum cleaning rods work well for that too....

scary when it happens, especially if you're at the range!

Mike B

November 14, 2012, 12:31 PM
aluminum cleaning rods work well for that too....

scary when it happens, especially if you're at the range!

I would rather use a solid rod brass prefered , steel second to remove a stuck bullet.

Last customer , I had to remove bullet and the alunimum rod used first time.

Brian Pfleuger
November 14, 2012, 02:33 PM
I assume we're talking .308Win here?

If so, that load is likely too low. QuickLoad thinks it only about 68% fill on default capacity, which is usually low, so the actual % would be lower yet.

QuickLoad thinks that load generates 19kpsi and a muzzle velocity of just 841fps. The bullet is actually slowing down past about 9" in the barrel.

13.0gr should get you around 1,100fps, 12.0 would be around 1,000.