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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-27-2017, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Need some help

My son came to me this evening with a stuck ball about 4 or 5 inches from the touch hole. He bought new patches but I think they are too thick or he doubled the patch. Well, it won't budge. There's 90 grains of powder floating around behind the ball. Someone told him to shoot the ball out by holding the gun up so the powder is back by the touch hole. I am not at all knowledgeable about muzzle loaders, but this doesn't seem too safe to me, being that the ball is really tight in the barrel. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 12-27-2017, 09:48 PM
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I wouldn't shoot it like that I think you could bulge the barrel or worse.

I've unloaded my muzzleloader like this a few times....if you have an air compressor(or know someone that does) take a blow gun with a black rubber nozzle https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-5-Pi...n-Kit/50129860

Stick the nozzle in the touch hole(might have to remove the touch hole) and let er rip. Make sure you're pointed in a safe direction of course.
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Get a ball puller and use it to extract it. The one time I used mine, I soaked the barrel in water to saturate the powder for saftety before pulling the ball. I also used a pair of vice grips on a aluminum ram rod so I could tap on the vice grips with a hammer to get it to budge. Crude but effective.
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Good Golly!! Donít try to shoot that ball out of there without the ball and patch being seated against the powder charge. You will blow that muzzleloader to piece and get possibly majorly hurt in the process.. get a good ball puller or take it to a qualified muzzleloader person that has dealt with this problem before.. I WOULDNT SHOOT IT OUT. JMO
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I wouldn't shoot it like that I think you could bulge the barrel or worse.

I've unloaded my muzzleloader like this a few times....if you have an air compressor(or know someone that does) take a blow gun with a black rubber nozzle https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-5-Pi...n-Kit/50129860

Stick the nozzle in the touch hole(might have to remove the touch hole) and let er rip. Make sure you're pointed in a safe direction of course.
This should work. This is how I unload my flinter if im hunting at or near home and dont get a shot. Much easier to clean then a fired gun. As was stated make sure gun is pointed in a safe direction as it can come out fast depending on how much pressure builds behind it. I have a bucket filled with crumpled old shop rags I put the barrel in so I can recover bullet but used to just point barrel out back door of garage, but I shoot out there so theres no safety issue.
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Ball puller and two guys, or a good rod and a bench vice.

OR... they make C02 dischargers, too.
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Don"t shoot it!!!!
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If it is that tight a bullet puller might not work.

The compressed air hopefully will work.

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Why not use a small hammer with the ramrod, and see if You can tap the PRB down onto the charge? Then shoot it out.

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spray or pour oil down the barrel & let it sit for 10 minutes , ball usually can be pulled with ease as patch & ball are well
lubricated.
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