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Old January 6, 2012, 09:45 AM   #4
Doc Hoy
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Join Date: October 24, 2008
Location: Chesapeake, VA
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I have had....

....one chain fire event in my entire life.

It was on a C.O.M. Sheriff's Model 1851 pattern in brass frame.

The pistol was in good condition. I loaded an average load with a nicely fitting ball and grease over the ball (.375). I pinched the cap to get it to remain on the nipple and I think that was my problem.

I know there are those among us who will declare that pinching a cap is done all of the time and it is a safe and accepted practice which does not promote chain fires. But as the bullet fit well and the chambers were aggressively schmutzed I have to believe that the gases came from the aft end of the cylinder. I don't pinch caps any more.

The effect of that event was to loosen the arbor on this otherwise good shooting revolver.
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