Bought a Thompson 50 Hawken cheap today, on account o' there is a load stuck in it. It's soaking in penetrating oil right now. There is no breech plug. My polymer rod with screw extractor tip is stuck down there. It's well threaded into the lead down there, but nothing wants to come out. If I unscrew, the rod comes out and leaves the extractor down there. Eight inches of the rod is out of the barrel. I've done this before, and it wasn't as difficult. I think I'm gonna drill a hole through my polymer rod, to have something to tap against to get it out. Once I get this load out, I'll have a nice $300 frontstuffer. Until then, it's a wallhanger! Anyone ever tackle a similar stubborn load?