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Post by Rapier1772 » 18 Feb 2012, 02:05

It wasn't on my FsN but I finally had a squib which was jammed in the barrel. I couldn't knock it out with the squib rod I made so I drilled it out using a bit which was smaller than the bore. Still wouldn't come out so I tossed it in the freezer for a few hours & then in the toaster oven for a few minutes. Still wouldn't budge :wall: So I just sat there tossing a larger drill bit down the barrel from the muzzle end - hoping it would eventually dislodge it.
It finally did & I'll clean it up tomorrow.

But my purpose for this thread is what's the best way to handle a squib (other than be more careful when loading so you don't get one) ? I have a screw driver which I cut the end off of & tried to knock it out with that while I was at the range. But when that doesn't work, is there something like a screw extractor I can use to pull the smeggin thing out?
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Post by panzermk2 » 18 Feb 2012, 13:08

Wood dowel and a hammer.
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Post by blueorison » 18 Feb 2012, 13:30

and lots of lube.

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Post by Rapier1772 » 18 Feb 2012, 19:18

I had a squib rod, was metal not wood but it shoulda worked. Guess I'll just smack it harder if there's a next time :?:

As for lube - how do you get lube in between the bullet & barrel after it gets stuck? I can squirt WD40 down the barrel but if it can't get between then it won't do any good.
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Post by jmz5 » 20 Feb 2012, 16:09

PB blaster is very good at getting in between.
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Post by Rapier1772 » 20 Feb 2012, 18:12

Peanut butter blaster? :p :laugh:


Never heard of it, I had to look it up. Doesn't look familiar - who sells it?
EDIT: Found some at Home Depot
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Post by panzermk2 » 20 Feb 2012, 21:20

jmz5 wrote:PB blaster is very good at getting in between.

It's also great for what it was designed for and as a belt dressing.
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Post by VeTTeMaNC486 » 23 Feb 2012, 11:06

jmz5 wrote:PB blaster is very good at getting in between.
PB blaster is great when working on rusty vehicles. I imagine it would work well for helping remove a squib.

I had a couple squibs before in my FNP .45 (have since corrected the problem) and I was shocked at how hard you have to pound to get the slug out the barrel.

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Post by Gearhead721 » 27 Jun 2012, 05:37

It also fixes sticky toilet valves. read the can.

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Post by Hobknob » 27 Jun 2012, 20:40

Against the recommendations of the gun-forum commandos (99% of whom have never tried nor presented valid arguments for their opinions) you could make up a mild bullet-less "barrel clearing" load.

That being said, if it's a primer-only squib, they're usually barely stuck at all and don't require much work to just tap out.
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Re: Squibs

Post by Rapier1772 » 27 Jun 2012, 21:15

You mean use a blank?
Can't think of how else you'd keep the powder in the shell. Gotta have something cover the 'would be' bullet end.

Mine was stuck pretty solid in the bore but still not very far; it prevented the next round from chambering (thankfully). Better to disassemble & knock it out I think
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Re: Squibs

Post by panzermk2 » 27 Jun 2012, 21:33

Hobknob wrote:Against the recommendations of the gun-forum commandos (99% of whom have never tried nor presented valid arguments for their opinions) you could make up a mild bullet-less "barrel clearing" load.

That being said, if it's a primer-only squib, they're usually barely stuck at all and don't require much work to just tap out.

OK what you would be doing then is turning the area from the primer to the stuck bullet into a chamber.


Once you get outside the chamber area the metal is thinner and in the case of a two piece barrel a different metal. Ether way once out of the chamber the metal is not as strong.

You now have created a very large chamber. How will your powder charge react in this large chamber?

It would be interesting to find out although I think it would end poorly.
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Post by f3rr37 » 27 Jun 2012, 21:55

panzermk2 wrote:
Hobknob wrote:Against the recommendations of the gun-forum commandos (99% of whom have never tried nor presented valid arguments for their opinions) you could make up a mild bullet-less "barrel clearing" load.

That being said, if it's a primer-only squib, they're usually barely stuck at all and don't require much work to just tap out.

OK what you would be doing then is turning the area from the primer to the stuck bullet into a chamber.


Once you get outside the chamber area the metal is thinner and in the case of a two piece barrel a different metal. Ether way once out of the chamber the metal is not as strong.

You now have created a very large chamber. How will your powder charge react in this large chamber?

It would be interesting to find out although I think it would end poorly.
Not only that... but the case wouldn't seal properly since there is no bullet in the case, and that initial pressure spike that seals the case to the chamber would probably leak out around the case.
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Post by panzermk2 » 28 Jun 2012, 14:07

WOW I totally spaced the fact you could create a sealed pressure holding chamber.
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Post by Kilibreaux » 19 Jul 2012, 23:34

Depending on how close the stuck bullet is to the bore would determine the potential for success in using a "blank" to clear it. The closer to the chamber the better. Think about it...if chamber pressure peaks at 50K psi with the bullet still in place, when the bullet has moved far enough to double the volume, pressure will be halved. WAY down at the end of a barrel, driving pressure is quite modest. To attempt forcing out such a bullet with a blank load is to invite disaster if for no other reason the compression created ahead of the driving charge that will most assuredly bulge the barrel.

Weatherby once demonstrated the strength of their action by manually hammering a bullet firmly into the barrel of their .300 Weatherby rifle-about 3" inside the bore. They then fired a BLUE PILL load behind and the gun held....proving to the world that Weatherby wasn't just another "name."

The thing is, the FsN isn't a locked breech design and whatever is fired in it will actuate the mechanism, likely to the detriment of the firearm. One MIGHT try some method of locking the action shut to force gas pressure to move that which is movable, but again, this is not ideal.

Unfortunately a stuck bullet demands a well-fitted mandrel, a good holding device, and a hammer.

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Re: Squibs

Post by adyszel » 01 Nov 2012, 10:41

Sorry to raise this thread back from the dead but I read the part about using a bullet-less cartridge to clear a squibbed bullet in the barrel. I did this once on a pocket pistol to clear a squib. It was a 9mm. The bullet was stuck half way down the 3" barrel. I loaded I think 0.2 grain of unique and the bullet popped out with minimal energy left over. I'm not an expert on interior ballistics, so can someone explain to me the problem and physically why its a bad idea (I don't doubt that it is, I just don't fully understand why outside of its a bad idea on blowback/recoil operated actions.) I should understand this being a physics major but I was asleep at the wheel for a lot of the statistical mechanics classes.

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Re: Squibs

Post by MrSlippyFist » 01 Nov 2012, 11:08

I agree, as a physics major and one who operates firearms you should understand. Its a bad idea when you can just use a dowel. Don't put any tool thru stresses it was not designed for.
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