Priming nipples

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by pmvargo, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. pmvargo

    pmvargo New Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    I have a 1858 Remington be for you put the caps on do you prime the nipples
  2. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    No you don't prime the nipples generally, but SOME people do add a very little FFFFg occasionally for various reasons, to insure ignition, on certain rifles, but not on revolvers.

    And one time I had preserved my son's caplock rifle with a little too much oil which seeped into the drum, and even though we had snapped a cap or two and run a dry patch down the bore, it still would not fire.

    The CVA drum luckily has a screw in the end, so I pulled it out, and put in some priming powder, replaced the screw, and the second cap finally fired it, after which a good cleaning fixed the problem.

    And in the process think I found out what the screw is for...after cleaning, a Qtip fits right in there to soak up any excess oil....;)

    But on a revolver, no priming is necessary or desirable.

  3. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
  4. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    +1 to polishshooter. Modern caps are plenty hot. No priming needed.
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