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Old December 5, 2012, 09:34 AM   #7
drail
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Homemade snap caps made by filling a primer hole with silicone or rubber will not cushion the firing pin. If you are convinced that you need snap caps buy some with spring loaded brass "primers" or just dry fire the gun empty. I have been dry firing S&W, Ruger, Charter and Taurus revolvers for 25 years without snap caps and never had any damage take place. The few times I have seen someone break a firing pin the pin was defective and using snap caps would not have made any difference. The pin was either over hardened or out of alignment. They would have broken with live rounds or snap caps. Limit the use of light bullet high velocity ammo in any revolver. 110-125 gr. high velocity ammo has damaged far more revolvers than dry firing without snap caps. 140 - 158 gr. loads are much easier on the gun.
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