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    Default Stuck Bore Snake

    This is embarrassing but here it goes. I fired a few rounds from my new Ruger SR-556 today. I passed a bore snake through it 4 times with no problem. After the 4th pass, a bit of thread from the inside came out so I tied a knot around the snake and snipped off the excess. On the 5th and final pass, the snake got stuck in the barrel. I mean really stuck.

    The end of the bore snake is about an inch past the chamber. The rope and first 14" or so of the snake are out of the muzzle.



    Help!

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    Default Re: Stuck Bore Snake

    You don't have a cleaning rod to push it out with?
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    Default Re: Stuck Bore Snake

    Quote Originally Posted by Karl/PA View Post
    You don't have a cleaning rod to push it out with?
    He doesn't need one. He already has a reliable bore snake.

    Go buy a cleaning rod to push it out. Also, it only takes one sweep with a bore snake to clean your bore (that's why everyone likes them)

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    Default Re: Stuck Bore Snake

    i just bought one for my ar but havent used it yet. i'll have to remember not to tye it off. im wondering if a push rod would work tho because of the way its woven it seems like it may bunch up when you hit it with the rod instead of pushing out.

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    Default Re: Stuck Bore Snake

    I've got a rod, but i like going through the bore a few times with a dry bore snake before using the rod to push a solvent soaked pad or 2 down the bore. I tried pushing it out with the rod but the plastic jag started to bend. And I've pulled pretty hard on the string to no avail so i don't think i can push it through. I think I'm going to have to find a way to pull it back through the chamber.

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    Default Re: Stuck Bore Snake

    maybe try bending a fishing hook straight but leave the barb on the end and tape it to a thin peice of plastic or a wooden dowel and try to stab the barb into the snake to get it caught in the snake and pull it out backwards? just make sure the hook is on tight so it doesnt come off and get lodged in the barrel also.

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    Default Re: Stuck Bore Snake

    Maybe cut the bore snake off flush with the barrel and use an air compressor to blow it out backwards.

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    Default Re: Stuck Bore Snake

    The boresnakes are even tight in the bore, how did this happen? As far as pushing it out, use a rod and your good to go.

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    Default Re: Stuck Bore Snake

    Don't use a cleaning rod as it will flex and possibly damage bore.

    Simply soften the knotted end while pulling it out thru the muzzle per below.

    1. Oil lube bore from muzzle end providing a slippery surface.

    2. Tie bore snake around solid object, or better yet have someone it pull on the end. Try to pull it out straight.

    3. Heat required to soften stuck end. Cigar lighter , small propane torch, long grill lighter, etc. Apply heat....but don't blast it keeping the tip away from the cord so it softens...as being pulled. If it gets melted badly simply run a brush/snake thru to remove the plastic.

    As material softens it will deform. Keep increasing pulling pressure on until out.

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    Default Re: Stuck Bore Snake

    Quote Originally Posted by bortle View Post
    Maybe cut the bore snake off flush with the barrel and...
    ...insert WOODEN dowel into barrel end and tap/push the knotted end back out through the chamber.

    Good luck.
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