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Old 01-12-2013, 02:09 AM   #11
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I've had this happen on several occassions. The round was charged with powder but the primer did not ignite the powder. Drove the bullet partially into the barrel and compressed the powder into a cylindrical pellet. I was able to remove the cylinder on one occassion, but had to drive the bullet back into the cylinder on another. Near as I could figure, it was a combination of very cold weather conditions, slow burning powder (H110) and limp crimp.

I have kept a steel rod, wrapped in plastic tape, on hand for such situations. Said rod is also useful for seating recoil plates in Ruger revolvers.

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And, further~ While I was at Ft. Ord, California I examined a Colt M1917 revovler that had had three squib loads lodge in the barrel. The fourth fired with full force, splitting the barrel for about an inch and a half along the right hand side.

I asked why the shooter didn't stop when he didn't see bullet holes in the target. His reply was he couldn't hit the paper at that distance, which was fifty feet.

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:40 AM   #13
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Many years ago I had a guy bring me a 380 that he said would not chamber a round. It had 5 or 6 bullets lodged in the barrel! There wasn't room for a live round to chamber. Caused no damage though. It was a foreign brand which I can not remember right now.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:53 AM   #14
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i had that happen once. think the shell dident have power in it. i just used a wood rod and gently hammered the bullet out of the barrol it was 9mm federal ammo
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The problem with using a cleaning rod and hammer is that, unless diligent care is used, the cleaning rod could (even though it is normally softer metal) disfigure the lands of the barrel.
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