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    I have had this happen before and on other occasions had a patch and ball stuck because of dry balling. Every time it has cleared with some powder dribbled into the barrel through the nipple hole and then set off with a cap. Make sure you lay the rifle on its side and tap it so the powder hangs around the nipple and shoot it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickory View Post
    Drive it as far into the barrel as possible with a rod that won't shatter or break.
    Take out the nipple and trickle about 10-15 gr. of powder into the breech replace the nipple and shoot it out.
    Worked for me when I got a cleaning jag stuck in my gun.

    this is the best suggestion I reckon

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    I bought a T/C recently that had something stuck in the barrel, shop thought it was a bullet. But no bullet puller could get a bite on it. Come to find out it was a cleaning jag busted off. I tried compressed air, ended up pumping it out with a grease gun, bought some nipples at autozone that threaded in. Did not think it was going to move, then suddenly it did, nasty mess to clean out but can shoot it again.

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    Most grease guns produce around 2000 psi in small increments. ( Look at the piston on one that does the pumping). Its a small amount of grease so filling the bore to the obstruction takes some pumping then it starts building pressure to where the obstruction starts moving. Grease will work better since it will not push thru the small gaps and airspaces as easy as gas from powders or Co2. It is a mess to clean up. A tight fitting patch and force will push most out the nipple hole then the work with solvent begin getting the residual out to a dry clean barrel. One plus is when your done getting all the grease out youll probably have the cleanest barrel you ever had LOL

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    Excellent thread and advice! I hope the OP gets it out soon...
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    Tried the powder-no ignition, wasted 5 caps. Will get an trigger accessory for the air compressor after work today.
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    Probably your breech area is wet from the gunk you poured in it. Now you have a real mess. Get it dry and if you can't shoot that jag out.....well, I don't believe it. Put more powder behind it, seat it fully on the powder, cap it, shoot it and it will come out. I've done that so many times helping newbies it's laughable. If that or compressed air doesn't work a grease gun and an even bigger mess is what I see in your future.
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    I cleared three guns at a match yesterday with the air bottle. Easy Peasey

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    One of the items that I bought to help prevent this type of event was an undersized .41 caliber jag.
    It requires using a much larger home made cloth patch for swabbing instead of a smaller piece of patch.

    What many experienced shooters recommend to help prevent a patched jag from getting stuck when it's being pulled out is to sand down a bore size jag to make it smaller.

    Sometimes I will simply use a large patch loop attached to a black powder cleaning rod with an oversize piece of cloth, usually old T-shirt material.

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    No PM receieved. I bought an accessory kit for the air compressor last night. Will try today.
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    I had worse- a 20gauge Tornado steel brush stuck in a 54 Renegade. It finally took a plumber's snake wrapped in duct tape to extract it. I would not wish that on anyone. Good luck with your project, Thomas

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    Never understood the need for a brush in a muzzle loader. Maybe a nylon brush.

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    Brushes are easier. buy a 3' length of .015 walled brass tubing that fits in bore, push in till it stops on breech pull out and the brush will be in the end of the brass tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by country gent View Post
    Brushes are easier. buy a 3' length of .015 walled brass tubing that fits in bore, push in till it stops on breech pull out and the brush will be in the end of the brass tube.
    That will not work on a stainless steel woven tornado brush. I tried it. The wire will not fold over like bronze. I will never put a brush in one again, that's for sure!

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    I have never bought any sort of muzzle loading specific cleaning gear, cant say ever use jags like many. When I do clean my muzzle loader I have several plastic bristle caliber specific brushes. Had a 50 BMG, those plastic brushes work fine in a muzzle loader and wont get stuck. Wrap a patch around a 45 cal brush and wont get stuck.

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    Using the air gun you really want an older one on the compressor. New blowguns are regulated to 18 psi pressure pretty much worthless for any thing a blow gun is used for. But they are safe. Older blow guns allow line pressure thru.

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    Yeah, I got my air compressor set up and nothing happened. Yes it is still wet! Need to find a proper zerk now. Or should I just give up? I bet the barrel is rusted and pitted something awful by now?
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    I doubt you will find a zerk fitting that has the identical thread to match the rifle, so find one that starts in the hole and turn it as far as it will go with finger pressure only.
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    At this point I would pull the nipple and squirt some oil in there. It will help retard rust until you can get that thing out.
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