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 Capping the nipples on BP revolver

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PostSubject: Capping the nipples on BP revolver   August 20th 2018, 9:36 am

Does anyone cap the nipples and then load cylinders?

I have mixed feelings about this. I put the cap on by hand and then use a little wooden rod to press it firmly.  Then repeat 5 more times. After they are all capped, I like to lower the hammer and give a little squeeze on the cap. This way, the cap stays put and makes a good seal too.  

I've never had a cap go off while doing this, but if it happens (and it eventually will) it is just a fairly harmless cap going off. 

Loading the cylinders first, I then put the cap on by hand or with a capping tool, and then follow up with the wooden stick. However, the caps are never as snug and secure as when I lower the hammer carefully on them too. With the cylinder loaded, I am reluctant to do this because I have to really control the pistol and the surprise should one discharge. But when I shoot, sometimes the fired caps come off and cause a jam. They do not come off if when I put the caps on before loading the cylinder as described above.

The nipples and caps are a match - in other words they are proper fit. 

Any thoughts on this either way?
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PostSubject: Re: Capping the nipples on BP revolver   August 20th 2018, 9:50 am

You really don't have the proper fit like you think. I shot in CAS competition for decades. That means two handguns shot as fast as possible as it's a timed event. All I had to do is push the caps on with a capper and they never fell off before or after being fired. I used two 1860 Colts which aren't cap friendly like the Remingtons

If we ever capped before loading we'd get banned from ever shooting again.

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PostSubject: Re: Capping the nipples on BP revolver   August 20th 2018, 9:57 am

Thanks.  I have two sets of nipples. One hold the #10's. When I fired and rotate the cylinder the fired cap tends to fall off the now empty cylinder on the right of the barrel. With the #11 nipples the caps stay on the nipple but sometimes move back some or have a seam and cause a bind. Any advice?
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PostSubject: Re: Capping the nipples on BP revolver   August 20th 2018, 10:27 am

I know a lot of guys used the Treso nipples.

There was a guy who was always at the shoots who sold custom nipples that he fit to a CCI #11 cap. I know he would fit them on a lathe for a perfect fit. They pushed on easy and were a bitch to get off. I never had one fall off.

You go through a lot to get yours all the way down. It sounds like your actually spreading out the cap to get it down. A perfect fit will push all the way down but tighten up at the same time it bottoms out. A cap has to be bottomed out to prevent misfires.

You could try different brands of caps and nipples for a better fit. Or, find a way of turning down the nipple for a proper fit to the cap.

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PostSubject: Re: Capping the nipples on BP revolver   August 20th 2018, 3:10 pm

Thanks
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