Hello, first time poster here I have made a mistake which leaves me too ashamed to go to the local gunsmith. If it comes down to it I suppose I will but I'd like all of your help first. I have a 1908 Swedish Mauser. I was out a proper cleaning rod at the time and I used a wooden stick to clean the bore, pushing it through with a metal rod. It stopped at one point so I (stupidly) got a mallet and tapped it down. As it turned out the metal rod had split the wooden stick in two and wedged right down the middle. So I've got a metal rod stuck in place with wood surrounding it- stuck in such a stubborn and inveterate manner that even after I (stupidly) continued pounding it, it didn't budge. It's stuck in there as if cemented in place. I have two ideas- 1. Use laboratory grade sulfuric acid to dissolve the wood. I do not want to do further damage to the rifling which I fear this may do. 2. Freeze the bore, thereby make the wood brittle and vulnerable to more hammering. I fear this will compromise the steel's stability, however. I recognize the foolishness of these ideas but unless we can solve this by those ideas or other means, I'll have to bring it to the gunsmith and live with extreme shame. Any ideas folks? Can post photos if necessary. Thanks for taking time to read.