Percussion caps exploding?

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by herohog, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. herohog

    herohog New Member

    290
    Sep 4, 2011
    Shreveport, LA
    Why are my caps ripping apart? I test fired the #11 caps I bought for my new .44 and this was the result on all 6!
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    Is this normal? If not, WTF?
     
  2. twobit

    twobit Active Member

    574
    Sep 15, 2010
    TEXAS!
    They usually tear like a banana being peeled. Sometime mine separate into several pieces. I'm using CCI #10's on a Pietta 1860 army. My Kentucky Jukar rifle will take #11 Remington. They split also. So yes your picture is somewhat normal but maybe a little more tore up than normal. ALWAYS wear wrap around safety glasses.
     

  3. herohog

    herohog New Member

    290
    Sep 4, 2011
    Shreveport, LA
    Thanks, it has been YEARS (30+) since I fired cap & Ball and didn't remember it being that bad...
     
  4. dcriner

    dcriner Member

    447
    Apr 18, 2011
    Illinois
    You might try replacing the nipples.
     
  5. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    That's normal. If they don't split apart they have to be pried off.
     
  6. suzukibruce

    suzukibruce New Member

    0
    Mar 29, 2012
    hiya hawg!!!

    my remmy does that and i do the "gunfighter flip" (barrel up while cocking after firing so the caps fall away)

    i have found that, just as reliable but way more corrosive, use the cheap plastic cap gun caps... and they never jam up my remmy... but you really got to do some good cleaning of your nipples after shooting, they will get cligged up with that paper they use on those things. which, incidently, you can peel off. just pick at the paper with a needle then pull it out with tweezers... they are almost 100% reliable that way...
     
  7. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    UK
    I wondered about those plastic caps suzukibruce; way less expensive than regular caps, if I can find them over here.

    My Remington NMA does exactly the same thing. It's partly why glasses are as important as ear protection shooting cap and ball.
     
  8. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Hey Bruce, you're getting around some these days.
    Maybe reliable with real black but only about 2 out of 6 set off Pyrodex.
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2012
  9. Little Rooster

    Little Rooster New Member

    563
    Oct 17, 2007
    Old Dominion

    +1
     
  10. herohog

    herohog New Member

    290
    Sep 4, 2011
    Shreveport, LA
    My balls came in today!







    uh, my .44 balls from Missouri Bullet Company came in today that is...
     
  11. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    UK
    Thanks for the headsup on that...I'm using pyrodex.:)
     
  12. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    I once bought some German caps that didn't split. I had to pry them off with a pocket knife, and it was a real PITA. I used maybe a dozen and still have most of the box.

    Jim
     
  13. Little Rooster

    Little Rooster New Member

    563
    Oct 17, 2007
    Old Dominion


    I use the german caps and they split on mine. I have had some of all brands not split (normal because they didn't fire) and they are a PIA to remove. I prefer the Noble Dynanmite #1075 . I will use whatever when I have too.


    Must remember the flip
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2012
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