I am guessing that the ramrod is frozen in place and not just a patch down the bore? (likely an Enfied...)
But even with range rods or specialized cleaning ramrods it is not that unusal for a not wet enough patch on a clean ing jag to get stuck.
What often happens is that the fouling in the barrel grabs a hold of the dry patch and binds or "glues" it in place.
1. Try standing the gun on its butt and pouring soapy water solution down the bore. Then prop it up and allow it to soak for a day or two- allowing the "wet" to seep and soak down through the patch lubricating it.
2. The, try wrapping a strip of leather tightly around the shaft of the ramrod, leaving a length as a pull. With one of you on the ramrod, and the other holding the gun, try to extract the ramrod by you jerking one way and your pard pulling the other.
3. Affix your wiper to the end of the ramrod. Using a pair of pliars or better yet lock-jaw pliers or vise-grip pliers, set the pliers under the wiper and nwith a board or hammer, pound up on the wiper to see if that applied force will move the ramrod out.
4. As shared above, if you have the tools, you can make a "T" handle bar to thread down on the ramrod in place of the ramrod.
I assume that the gun is empty and there is no charge to attempt to fire the ramrod out with. Sometimes if not stuck too firmly, a charge can shoot out the ramrod. However, depending on how well it is stuck, firing the gun may possibly burst the barrel as the ramrod serves as an obstruction. Especially since blank firing tends to focus teh most fouling about 2/3rd's to 3/4the's down the bore. IMHO, I would not risk the risk. But again, I suspect your gun is empty.
Some guns have cone vents and bolster vents that are large enough to driibble loose powder into the breech to "pop" a non-obstruction out. BUT, I am thinking you may possibly have liquid in the breech if any solution got past the patch.
I am confident that the advice here and above will free it for you.
If not, then yes, as shared, you may need the breech plug removed and the ramrod and jag tapped out from the breech end. (That is assuming you have a gun with a breechplug and not a fixed patent breech as some of the Italian repro's have.)
And last but not least:
5. Don't do it again.
Last edited by Curt-Heinrich Schmidt; 09-17-2012 at 11:28 AM.
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