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A friend of mine (really not me) broke a rope pullthrough, leaving the cotton cleaning cloth of approx 1inch x 2 inches stuck in the .308 cal barrel. He tried to push it out, only jamming it solid.
How would a person remove it, being stuck about half way up the barrel?
 
My advice was to heat a cleaning jag red hot and then burn it out. A wet rag must be placed over the area to prevent the barrel from heating.
 
The plan worked very well.
 
I spoke to a gunsmith who said they would use chlorine such as pool chlorine to dissolve the rag. Sounds very corrosive to the barrel???
The other method they would use was to heat the barrel from the outside to about 392 deg F which would also burn the rag. Again a bit harsh on the barrel???
 
Obviously a long drill would do the job, but who has one at home?
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I think my first choice would be to go to hardware store and purchase some wooden dowells of the same diameter as the inside of the barrell and try tapping it out with a hammer. Probably going to take several, but not near ar hard on the barrell as heat or heated brass,IMHO.
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If you can find one that will fit in the bore get a "patch puller" like they use for muzzle loaders.  Just twist it until it has a good grip on the cotton and pull out.  May have to bring it out in pieces but it won't harm the bore.
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 As long as the jag did not have a hard metal (steel) core, the dowel method should work fine, but if it did, the core might jam sideways, scoring the rifling.
 I think the hot jag method was probably harmless to the barrel if the said precautions were taken.
 The chlorine method would surely corrode barrel steel to some extent if left in long enough to dissolve the cotton, I would think. That stuff is pretty nasty. 
A long extension drill inside a protective plastic or brass sleeve would be another option, but again, not always readily available.
 My only problem with the patch puller is how hard they are (?- I don't know-), and whether they are made in a small enough size to work inside a .308 bore.
 
 
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Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

 
 My only problem with the patch puller is how hard they are (?- I don't know-), and whether they are made in a small enough size to work inside a .308 bore.
 
 
 
The patch puller I have is brass where it would make any contact with the lands.  So, it shouldn't cause any damage to the rifling. 
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I would not use a wooden dowel either.  If it easily possible for the dowel to crack out the center and then push wood around both sides of the jag.  Then your jag and the dowel will get stuck in the barrel.  This is one I know from experience.  Bucky  If you have to push something out a brass rod is the way to go.
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You might try a brass rod. Just tap lightly a few times and then check the tip of the rod. Repeat as necessary. Go slow and it should come out. 
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Did you (I mean your friend) ever get this problem sorted out?
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  He hasn't checked in for about a week but he'll be around.
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Sorry, I have been away for a while. Thanks for all your advice. In the end the heated rod burnt the stuck rag out quite easily. So all is sorted.

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  GLAD it..........................................................................................................worked out.  Bucky
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