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Old February 22, 2011, 01:02 AM   #76
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I've been using a Kleen Bore silicon cloth on the exterior surfaces and Hoppe's gun oil in the chambers (applied lightly with a cue tip). I haven't had any rust issues
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Old July 24, 2011, 10:55 PM   #77
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A couple notes I didn't see mentioned yet . Maybe they were and I missed it .

1. When firing a C&B revolver hold the muzzle straight up when cocking for the next round. You will find that the spent caps are less likely to jam the gun. This was the method taught by the military in the mid 1800s and it works well.

2.When target practicing with a front stuffer , after a few rounds you will notice the fouling making it harder to seat the ball. Do what the old timers did, keep a patch in your mouth soaked with spit and and run it up and down the bore a few times with the cleaning jag. Nothing mentioned so far cuts blackpowder fouling in a pinch like saliva. And you always have it with you where ever you go.

Been hooked on Black Powder for 40 years.

I know this is an old thread but thought anyone needing info would appeciate this
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Old July 25, 2011, 06:55 AM   #78
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For the record, there are some on this forum who maintain that raising the muzzle beyond the bullet impact area is a safety violation. Some ranges do not allow that practice.
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Old July 25, 2011, 07:48 AM   #79
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It's not necessary to raise it straight up, a few inches is all it takes and a little tilt to the right helps too.
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Old July 25, 2011, 08:10 AM   #80
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2.When target practicing with a front stuffer , after a few rounds you will notice the fouling making it harder to seat the ball. Do what the old timers did, keep a patch in your mouth soaked with spit and and run it up and down the bore a few times with the cleaning jag. Nothing mentioned so far cuts blackpowder fouling in a pinch like saliva. And you always have it with you where ever you go.
I used to do it that way, but couldn't get used to the flavor BP fouling after returning the patch to my mouth!
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Old July 25, 2011, 08:59 AM   #81
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Some ranges do not allow that practice.
This is exactly why I like to shoot alone at a place of my own choosing.
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Old July 25, 2011, 11:24 AM   #82
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It's not necessary to raise it straight up, a few inches is all it takes and a little tilt to the right helps too.
And if you're using the optimum cap/nipple combination and have filled the hammer slot, you don't need to tilt it up at all.
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Old July 25, 2011, 02:18 PM   #83
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I'm not filling in my hammer slot, I use it.
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Old July 25, 2011, 02:44 PM   #84
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+1 on what Fingers said.
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Old July 25, 2011, 11:58 PM   #85
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It's not necessary to raise it straight up, a few inches is all it takes and a little tilt to the right helps too.

This is true. Up and tilt to the right . Not exactly straight up . I forget sometimes that you have to be exact on these threads.
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Old July 26, 2011, 12:16 AM   #86
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And if you're using the optimum cap/nipple combination and have filled the hammer slot, you don't need to tilt it up at all

Like I said, been shooting BP for 4 decades now , and one thing I can tell you
for sure, most of the time your stuck with the caps you can get ahold of.....

and all of the time ,it doesn't matter as long as your having fun.
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Old September 4, 2012, 05:14 PM   #87
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blackpowder basics

great piece of sharing your wisdom with a newbie like me, now if I could just find out more about the conversion cylinders for a 1858 Remy
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Old September 17, 2012, 03:49 PM   #88
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Agreed this got way off topic!
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Old August 7, 2013, 09:41 AM   #89
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Thanks for the info, Gatofeo

I have a question. You wrote:
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Whichever cap you use, squeeze it into an oval shape so it clings to the nipple.

Will this cause the cap to detonate?
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Old August 8, 2013, 07:34 PM   #90
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Old October 13, 2013, 03:04 PM   #91
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No.
Caps require percussion for ignition. Squeezing the cap's sides in a bit won't cause ignition.

The late gun writer Elmer Keith (1899-1983), in one of his books, wrote that he raised a blister on his thumb by trying to force a too-small cap onto the nipple of a revolver.
I doubt this very much.
Keith was prone to exaggeration, to be kind.
I knew a woman years ago, in northern Idaho, who was once married to the game warden shoe jurisdiction included the area of Salmon, Idaho. Keith was a resident of Salmon for many years.
When I asked her one day if she'd ever met Keith her response was "That old windbag? Yes, I met him many times! Walked around with two sixguns all the time."
She said the community considered him eccentric for his open carry. And residents took what he told them with a bag of salt.
But if you read the books and magazine articles about Keith, you get a very different picture.
I worked with this woman, my source. She was not prone to exaggeration, was a grand ol' lady and I believed her. Later, I talked to a shopkeeper in Salmon. When I mentioned Keith, he rolled his eyes and got quiet.

Soooooo ... I rather doubt Keith's claim that he ignited a percussion cap by pushing it onto a nipple. I've never heard of this happening, though anything is possible I suppose: Mastodons could fly, the Earth is cube-shaped, and women regularly understand the concept of stop signs at 4-Way intersections.
Anything's possible!
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Old October 14, 2013, 01:50 PM   #92
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I have met two separate men who both showed me their scarred thumbs. The scars looked almost identical. Both claim to have opened up their thumbs by pressing on a cap and it went off. Both now use a tool to seat their caps. One used a wooden dowel with a leather handle and the other used a carved antler or horn.

I'm a believer that it's probably not a good idea to seat caps with my thumb.
Squeezing is commonly done and I do it too to help keep caps in place.

There are those who claim it's dangerous but I say it's ok as long as you aren't seating squeezed caps with your thumb.

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Old October 15, 2013, 12:46 AM   #93
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For hunting

For hunting I agree with using sandbags for practice. Any good handgun hunter should make use of a tree, log, or anything they can use in order to get a steady,clean,humane, shot on an animal..Save the offhanded shots for the Animal that's 10 feet in front of you. That's my outlook on it. Good Article
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Old October 16, 2013, 07:40 AM   #94
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Both claim to have opened up their thumbs by pressing on a cap and it went off.
Well, I bet that's a mistake you only make once.

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Old June 7, 2014, 03:51 AM   #95
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I have heard it's bad to squeeze the caps into an oval shape.

When this is done, it creates two gaps when the cap is put on the nipple, and flames can get through these caps and possibly cause a chain fire.

It's always best to get caps that FIT YOUR NIPS if you will!
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Old June 7, 2014, 05:11 AM   #96
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Only chainfire event I have ever had

Occurred in the same shooting sequence in which I pinched some caps.

Don't know if that was the cause of the chainfire but I personally think it was. I haven't pinched caps since.
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