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Umarex Cowboy Rifle - Bb Stuck In Barrel

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Jim_Fandango, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. Jim_Fandango

    Jim_Fandango Member

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    I've made a series of terrible and escalating mistakes, and would appreciate some advice!

    I recently bought my first air rifle; an Umarex shell ejecting cowboy rifle. I was plinking away yesterday when it stopped firing bbs. It soon became apparent that I had one (or more?) stuck in the barrel. No worries, thought I, I'll just poke it out. However, rather than use a proper ramrod, I dropped a couple of 2mm diameter wooden kebab skewers down the barrel. Nothing appeared in the chamber, although they were obviously hitting the blockage. I tried pushing them, but nothing was moving. Then I made a terrible error in judgement. I started hammering the skewers in from the barrel end. Nothing appeared in the chamber, and then I noticed the rubber gasket seal being pushed into the chamber.

    So now I have the wooden skewers also stuck in the barrel (I assume the two skewers and now lodged next to each other), the original blockage still present, and the rubber gasket pushed back into the chamber so that the shells won't load into the chamber when the action is worked. Pretty wrecked.

    I found a video online showing how I can remove the barrel assembly. My next plan of attack is to remove the barrel, drop some oil down the barrel (not sure what I should use), get a 4mm metal rod and try to hammer out the blockage from the chamber end, then see if I can re-seat the gasket. Is this another terrible plan?
     
  2. Meal Dot

    Meal Dot Posting Addict

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    Urgh! Sounds nasty. I would NOT think about hammering anything as the skewers could well ride over each other and firstly make the jam more permanent and secondly, bulge the barrel out if it's not strong, not sure how butch BB barrels are now. Wait for more advice before proceeding! :thumb:
     
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  3. Ade C

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    How did the bb's get stuck in the first place?
     
  4. Desmond.22

    Desmond.22 'All round good egg'

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    Oh dear,

    Hope you get this sorted , sound like you will need strip and clear blockage,

    If lucky no damage been done to anything whist you hammered away. And can clear using correct tool and then reassemble

    Patience next time I guess but hopefully fixable if take time
     
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    Are the skewers still protruding slightly enough to get a pair of pliers on them and try and pull them out?

    I'd personally get a heat gun and warm the barrel (gently) to get it to expand slightly and maybe, just maybe it would give enough room for them to loosen up.
     
  6. Jim_Fandango

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    No idea. It was shooting along nicely one moment, then all of a sudden nothing.
     
  7. Jim_Fandango

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    I'm pretty sure I can get the top one out, with some luck. After all my mistakes yesterday I decided to just walk away before I made it worse! I'll try the heat gun. I also read that freezing it might help.....
     
  8. Dag

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    I'd be very cautious about freezing it.
    The barrel is likely to contract more quickly than the items inside and could cause more damage. Expansion by heat is probably better.
     
  9. Jim_Fandango

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    Aha, many thanks. I feel like I'm on a downward path with this, and appreciate some clear thinking!
     
  10. Ade C

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    I'd definitely recommend removing the barrel if feasible and clear the blockage from the breech end
     
  11. Meal Dot

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    Could try pouring some woodworm into the barrel and after they've eaten the skewers, push out the BB's with a proper rod:thumb:
     
  12. Slipknot88

    Slipknot88 One step beyond

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    Are you reusing your bbs?
     
  13. Jim_Fandango

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    I'll leave that as Plan C!
     
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    Nope, fresh from the packet. They're supposed to be good quality as well.
     
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