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Old September 14, 2008, 02:17 PM   #1
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bullet removal

I fired possibly two rounds in which neither round exited the barrel, too little powder, in a 5 shot S&W. cannot drive out because the cylinder will not open, tried to drill out, removed all lead but copper jacket is stuck any advice or shoud I take it to a gunsmith?
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Old September 14, 2008, 03:32 PM   #2
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If it were mine, I'd go ahead and try to drive them back with a wooden dowel rod atleast until one bullet has reentered the cylinder, but timing
would be important, as soon as the first bullet reentered the cylinder,
STOP so that you will be able to open the cylinder to finish the removal
of the last bullet. Good luck.
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Old September 14, 2008, 07:40 PM   #3
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Yes, to the gunsmith. Too much of a risk of damage with the squibs and drilling in the barrel. Take it to someone with the correct tools and such. Should cost less than $20 which is much less than a new barrel.

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Old September 15, 2008, 08:16 AM   #4
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If you are going to try to drive the bullets out yourself, I would recommend you use a brass rod. You can try the wood (use a hardwood rod) but depending on how far they are wedged in the barrel, the brass rod will make it easier.
Put some lube down the barrel too.
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Old September 15, 2008, 01:55 PM   #5
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All that will happen is that the dowel will splinter and then you will have the original obstruction PLUS pieces of wood stuck in the barrel.

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Old September 15, 2008, 02:26 PM   #6
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That's the truth! Been some horrendous times had trying to figure out how to remove hardwood dowel wedged in a barrel and swollen with oil or moisture. And it all stems from the stuck bullet problem.

KG-12 copper removing bore cleaner will eat the copper out. You need to plug the muzzle and fill the bore. Perhaps a hypodermic needle could be used to inject liquid through a Neoprene stopper? Or maybe the Jacket is making its own plug if it hasn't been drilled through? In that case, turn gun upside down with barrel tilted slightly up and fill with cleaner. When the bottom of the jacket is eaten through, the cleaner dribbles out the barrel/cylinder gap and onto the top strap of the frame. No harm done.

An Outer's FoulOut could eventually remove the jacket electrolytically. Same problem with filling the bore. This is really a jacket metal variant on the perennial "case stuck so fast in the sizing die the head rips off when you try to use a stuck case remover" problem. In this instance, chemistry could be your friend.
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Old September 15, 2008, 02:27 PM   #7
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Now you have already drilled through the stuck bullets, it will be even more difficult to drive the jackets out. Get it to a pro. Most likely the barrel will be bulged and ruined anyhow, if you slammed another one into the one already stuck.

Is the gun still loaded with live rounds? Be sure the gunsmith knows.
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Old September 22, 2008, 08:45 PM   #9
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removed one bullet myself then took it to a gunsmith before I made it worse, thanks for the advice
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