View Full Version : Multiple pellets stuck in bore of pellet rifle
01-25-2009, 10:34 PM
Not at home where shop is located. What are my options for removal of these pellets?
01-26-2009, 04:57 AM
What Class of Rifle?
Cheap Barrel Cocker or Feinwerkbau?
If a Cheapie with tons of Pellets, Use a Propane (Nothing hotter) Torch and melt them out, run a patch thru while hot to wipe lead out. Then bore Brush...
edit Sounds Drastic, but Pellets are Thin/flimsy things.. One Possibly inserted backwards so a Rod Might jam them in tighter, Heat carefully applied, will not even affect bluing.. Gun Bluing is done at pretty High Temps....
If you brake off the skirt, Chemical removal will be best..
Those bores are Soft, use only brass or soft stuff in there...
Of course remove all Seals and other meltables..
Then Check it out, because there is something wrong if Pellets are Sticking...
Butter Soft Barrels with Shallow Rifling, are not for Heavy Handed methods...
01-26-2009, 06:49 AM
Yikes!,, if it is only 2 or 3 you might be able to push them out with a cleaning rod. If using heat I would us as little as possible, just enough to soften the pellets so that the move when pushed with a rod. Try to heat the barrel evenly.
01-26-2009, 07:33 AM
Ramming the soft lead with a cleaning rod will most likely deform them and drive them harder into the riffling, and wedge them in tighter. I'm not a fan of applying 500 - 600 degree heat to a barrel, so personally I would use a de-plating rig like an Outer's "Foul Out" with their "Lead-Out" solution. It might take awhile depending on how many pellets you are dealing with, but it will definitely do the job without warping something you don't want warped. :D
Just my opinion, and worth what you paid for it.... ;)
Without a shop....could you get a long small-diameter drill, wrap masking tape around it so it just slips into the barrel and is centered, and cautiously drill them out? If you can drill from the breech, the flare in the pellet base would help center the drill, too.
01-26-2009, 02:59 PM
Use hydraulics. Fill barrel with motor oil. tight fitting plunger. give it a whack with a small BFH.
01-26-2009, 07:25 PM
If a springer? open it place a rod from the crown side inside the barrel into it and push till you feel a obstuction then wack it wth a small hammer. Should easilly drive the pellets out towards the breech. Shouldnt be a problem. I dont think id melt them ? that sounds drastic but wackin them out should work. Id use a steel cleaning rod or a piece of O1 steel sized accordingly Good luck (a fellow airgunning enthusiast) madman
01-27-2009, 06:27 PM
Length of dowel with a self tapper or blunted drill bit epoxied in the end.
If the dowel is just clearance and the self tapper/drill is a bit smaller you can pick out the middle in bits.
If you get a hole through you can safely drive the bits out,
01-28-2009, 11:30 PM
I've had a few brought into the shop like this over the years. Some come out easy, some fight you, depends on how tightly someone before you has packed the pellets in there. One trick I came up with was to chill the pellets by spraying down the barrel from both ends with an upside down can of computer keyboard "Compressed/Canned" air. I believe the chemical in the can is difluoroethane, trifluoroethane, or tetrafluoroethane, or some such concoction. When inverted, it comes out as a liquid, and according to the can, its temperature is -100 F. Anyway, it shrinks the pellets a bit, and makes driving them out with a wood or brass rod (that is very close to the bore diameter) much easier.
The Outers Foul out works really well too, and became my principle method for extracting the stuck pellets when it became available. Takes a while, but no damage whatsoever to the bore is the result.
01-30-2009, 12:35 PM
Try this link:http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/showthread.php?t=127262&highlight=pellets+stuck+in+barrel
02-03-2009, 11:23 AM
DID you get them out?
02-03-2009, 02:05 PM
Compressed air ? fill with oil and fit a tight fitting rod and press through?
02-06-2009, 01:40 PM
DID you get them out?
Got them out this morning. The wife had brought the gun home unknown to me. This is a Feinwerkbau 124 break over. The pellets were Target type with the flat wad cutter nose. Turned out there were 3 stuck in the bbl. I was intending to use a friends Outers foul out. When I got home he was gone. I drilled a .043 hole in the pellet nearest the muzzle, inserted a dental pick and pulled that one out. I had put Kroil in the bbl back when this started. I applied shop air from the breech, took a .063 brass rod also from the breech and drove out two pellets. I had been shooting holes in the Martin house if I missed the Sparrow. Now it will not drive a pellet out of the bbl so I need a repair shop. Who would you recomment for new seals and a tune up?
02-08-2009, 05:22 AM
I Repair Guns for a living....
If you are Sticking Pellets, there is a Problem.....
02-08-2009, 03:34 PM
You can get a replacement seal and/or spring and/or tune kit from James Maccari that will be better than the factory ones:
The "arctic" kit doesn't even need a spring compressor, as far as I know.
Now it will not drive a pellet out of the bbl so I need a repair shop. Who would you recomment for new seals and a tune up?
02-12-2009, 08:26 PM
Give Tim a call at 310 327 3581 He will have the seal you need.
The last one I installed I soaked in hot water to make it pliable enough to install on the piston. It is a synthetic seal. He is in Los Angeles and will mail it to you. Be careful with the spring.
He is good to deal with.