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Thread: Plugged barrel

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    Boolit Buddy Boogieman's Avatar
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    Sep 2010
    Western Ar.
    percussion nipple threads on rifles are S.A.E. 1/4-28, or metric 6mm-.75 and 6mm-1.0. These are standard grease fitting sizes. Most auto parts stores will have them. A good lever action grease gun will put out 10,000 psi which is more than some black powder loads. I've used them to push stuck rams out of 3" hydraulic cylinders.
    The 3 people a man must be able to trust completely are his gunsmith his doctor & his preacher ..,his gunsmith for his short term health ,his doctor for long term health ,and his preacher incase one of the others mess up.

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    Boolit Master Drm50's Avatar
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    Jun 2016
    SE Ohio
    When I was in business the little rural town I live in was ground zero for miles in deer hunting area.
    It never failed to have guys with stuck bullets, brushes, jags and ram rods everyday. The problem
    with brushes and jags was that they usually tried everything they could before bringing it in. The end
    of the threads would be deformed and would be a PIA to connect to correct rod. A lot of time the tip
    of ram rod would pull off with jag too. These are easy to shoot out by trickling powder into nipple
    method. I have had a few that were oil soaked and used a 209 shotgun primer attachment instead
    of cap. Firing 3 or 4 first will dry it out enough that powder will ignite. Sometimes it takes a few times to get it moving but have never failed to shoot out a jag. I made up a special set of tools for
    Muzzel loader problems. Stainless 3/8" rod with 3 different popular threads for extracting jags & brushes. A brass 3/8" rod bored to hold a 1/8" drill bit as extension bit. A assortment of tips made
    from stainless wood and self tapping screws. Also had end of stainless rod set up for T handle or
    a sliding weight to use in slap hammer mode. My advice, if you don't have the correct means to
    remove such problems, leave it alone till you do.

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    Boolit Buddy

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    Sep 2009
    The Lowcountry
    Grease zerk, once item is remove, point barrel in trash can, use compressed air to blow out grease. A few patches later, it will be clean! This is what WORKED for me.

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    Boolit Master
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    Oct 2013
    Guess might depend on how long a jag has been jammed down in a barrel, most get em out pretty quick. One I ended up w, it had been in there for years. One of those elderly father died and family started getting rid of his guns. Its no lack of tools, compressed air did nothing. It did not seem like it was going to move with the grease gun, grease squeezing out around the nipple threads. But then it finally budged and came out real easy. TC just happens to be a commonly used size.

    Then when I thought I would never get rid of it, lots of insulting offers, somebody offered a decent amount no arguing. Cant complain, paid $75, put the scope on another rifle and sold the ML for $200. One of those thought I wanted it things, but have other similar rifles that do not get shot, so why did I need another one.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Feb 2010
    Woodbury, Tn
    Thanks for all the info. I will try the powder and caps again, then on to grease. My lesson learned-no jags! So slow due to working extra, sleeping more!

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check