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Wood Stuck In Rifle Barrel

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Jim_Fandango, Sep 29, 2020.

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    I have (through a series of terrible decisions) managed to get two bamboo skewers stuck in the barrel of my Umarex cowboy rifle. I've disassembled the rifle and I've taken the inner barrel out. The skewers are around 2.5mm diameter, and the bore is 4.5mm diameter. The skewers have ridden over each other and become jammed about halfway down the barrel. I've tried hammering them out without success, and there is nothing protruding from the barrel ends to grab onto to pull the skewers out.

    Can anyone offer any advice about clearing the blockage? The skewers are well and truly jammed in there; I managed to break off the end protruding from the barrel in my attempts to pull it out with pliers.
     
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    Blowlamp. With care.
     
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    Thanks Nobby. Will that burn the wood without warping the barrel?
     
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    This is exactly the sort of scenario that ends up with an old lady swallowing a horse :eek::p

    Good luck with getting it sorted though, at least it’s only wood and not a series of metal objects (or indeed farm animals) :D
     
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    If your careful should do no harm. The only other way is to push it out, with a wood or brass/alloy rod. Something soft and close to bore size then push it through. Carefully. Good luck.:thumb:
     
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    If the two are wedged over each other then I would be worried that any pushing is just going to drive the wedge in tighter.

    Don't try anything liquid, you don't want the wood to swell.

    Gentle heat will dry it out further and cause the fibres to contract. Hopefully you'll get the wood to loosen long before you get the metal red hot (!!!!!)
     
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    1260engineer Precision matters

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    As Nobby said... but invert the barrel as you heat it . then gently tap the barrel with a stick . they should contract and drop out all depending on the overlap :)
     
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    pjgtech Summit witty here......

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    All good advice above, then buy one of these....
    rifle-pull-through-kit-by-napier-900x800.jpg
    and one of these...
    GT10PCKIT_02_2.jpg
    :thumb:
    Bamboo skewers and long cocktail sticks are for shooting(at), not clearing barrels.... :D
    Thunder Snaps at Range 14Mar20202.jpg
    Hope you get it sorted out.... :)
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I won't be putting anything wooden down a barrel again, that's for sure!
     
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    Er, we're waiting to see the plume of smoke, you know . . . . ;)
     
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    I'm going to gird my loins and break out the heat gun. I'll report back on the results. My local gun shop has said they'll take a look at it, so I'll back off if it looks like I'm heading in the direction of irreversible damage.
     
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    Fire is the answer here, you will generate enough heat to move/burn the wood long before any barrel warps.
     
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    after "aim"
     
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    Lighter fluid down the barrel to soak the wood, then stand well back (only a suggestion lol):facepalm:
    I'll get my coat :D
     
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    Jimmypie Pffft , Pop , Twang , Bang

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    What exactly is the inner barrel made of , what’s its diameter and wall thickness , might be an idea to have some more info before the blow lamp comes out .
     
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    If it was mine I would hold the barrel vertical and play a blowlamp gently at the highest point of the blockage, this should allow gases to rise and escape, and if there is a clear path then fresh air will be induced from beneath.
     
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    Huzzah! Great success. I got the Black and Decker heat gun on the barrel and blasted the area where I guessed the overlap was, then managed to push it through with a metal rod.

    Many thanks for the suggestion....worked a treat! I consider that a lesson hard learned.

    [​IMG]
     
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    So, have we got a new pope or not?
     
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    The smoke was pretty grey, so maybe not a good one!
     
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