Join Date: May 2004
Location: SW Washington State
Just a few thoughts for consideration, if it was mine, and if the stuck bullet has been removed and there's no damage to the bore from the removal, and the barrel still locks up nice and tight, I'd shoot it with normal loads, you might want to do as Dinny suggested and tie the gun to a tire and fire it remotely just as a precaution, but more than likely it wasn't damaged if the barrel still locks up tight on the frame with the forend removed, the mounted forend can make it appear tight when it isn't. We've had some serious "blow ups" for lack of better terms, but the gun was usually undamaged. One member had a friend chamber and fire a 7.62 Russian round in his 243 Handi, the bullet exited the bore and they couldn't open the action, it was sent to H&R, they replaced the barrel because it set the underlug back(which would make the barrel lose on the frame), but the frame was fine. I've personally cut and crowned a barrel for a friend that left a short brass rod in the barrel after removing stuck brass from his 223, he fired a round which left a walnut near the muzzle, gun was fine after the cut and crown.
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