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Old May 8th, 2019, 09:35 PM #51
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Funny, that never happened with mine. Were you using real BP by any chance?

Wads prevent chain fires. [Cue discussion about grease and nipples.]
Yes I was. As for chain fires, I have never had one in almost sixty years of shooting BP.
We didn't have wads when I was a kid and we shot real Colt's and Remingtons. They were pretty heavy for us kids.
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Old May 9th, 2019, 05:59 AM #52
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Funny, that never happened with mine. Were you using real BP by any chance?

Wads prevent chain fires. [Cue discussion about grease and nipples.]
Nipples and chain fire? I think that's extremely unlikely. Unless you didn't have all nipples capped.
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The snail capper (upper picture) should work just fine on a colt, I'm told. I have one that I use on my Remmy with a little modding.
Bought the snail capper, tried it out in the basement. Caps like dream. Allows sufficient pressure to ensure the cap seats and will clear the cylinder backing plate (or whatever the proper name is for the frame part that always jams up the cylinder when the caps aren't properly seated) As a bonus, the capper cavity acts like a turning plate to get all the caps facing properly, No ridges, so I don't know how. Just dump them in and start jiggling. Uberti 1860 Army.
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Bought the snail capper, tried it out in the basement. Caps like dream. Allows sufficient pressure to ensure the cap seats and will clear the cylinder backing plate (or whatever the proper name is for the frame part that always jams up the cylinder when the caps aren't properly seated) As a bonus, the capper cavity acts like a turning plate to get all the caps facing properly, No ridges, so I don't know how. Just dump them in and start jiggling. Uberti 1860 Army.
The magic of gravity, IMO. Glad to hear it worked for you.
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Nipples and chain fire? I think that's extremely unlikely. Unless you didn't have all nipples capped.
I never had one, so I couldn't say from firsthand experience. I've read in other BP/C&B forums (fora?) that chain fires are due to flame entering via a non-contiguous ball seal or via a loose cap on one nipple. They seem to take this as gospel, with one maintaining a chain fire log which I've never been motivated enough to look at.
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When I first started BP revolver I read all about the danger of chainfire and used bore butter to cap the top of the ball. After the first firing the heat of the cylinder melted it into a gooey mess. I really think the danger of chain fire is based on people that just pour powder directly into the cylinder from a flask and get some stuck on the face of the cylinder. I don't use anything over the ball, just seat the ball and cap the nipple.
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That gooey mess is what you need to keep a '58 Remmy turning through several cylinders full. They need the lube to keep the carbon soft on the cylinder pin and at cylinder/barrel gap.
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A good discussion on percussion caps including how pinched caps could lead to chain fires.
http://guntoters.com/blog/wp-content...d-Nipples2.pdf
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I use slixshot nipples on my Colt's and Remmies and am very happy with them.
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