View Full Version : Where can I find snap caps for a good price?

August 11, 2009, 03:27 PM
I want to buy 357 mag and 12 gauge snap caps, but everywhere I look they cost $20+ shipped :eek:.

Anyone know where I can get good snap caps for a good price? I'd prefer the a-zooms, but anything under $20 will be fine.

August 11, 2009, 05:34 PM
Just about ANY gun related web site - since there are thousands of places, try AZOOM and see whom they recommend for dealers......otherwise, whomever you're using for reloading components will have them

August 12, 2009, 09:33 AM
Cabela's has them for $10.

August 12, 2009, 09:40 AM
Try WalMart of any of the big sporting goods stores like Sport Authority, Dicks, Sportsmans Warehouse etc. They should have them in stock and you won't have any shipping costs.

August 13, 2009, 01:04 PM
Am I wrong doing it but I just stick already fired .357 or .38 cartridges in the holes and fire away?

Superhouse 15
August 13, 2009, 03:04 PM
If you don't want to use plain spent brass, you can punch out the primers and fill the hole up with silicone glue. For .357 and 12ga it should work fine. If you try it in an semi-auto caliber you'll probably need a dummy round to make it feed.

August 13, 2009, 03:53 PM
So if I just use spent shells to dry fire my 357, it won't damage my gun?

August 13, 2009, 05:11 PM
What gun is it? Check with the man. but S&W says dry fire away on the .357, it won't hurt a thing. I just put spent carts in there just because.

August 13, 2009, 05:51 PM
IIRC, it was my understanding that if the firing pin was hammer-mounted, not frame-mounted, then you were not to dry fire without snap caps

August 13, 2009, 06:33 PM
I have a 686+ with the internal lock.

Is it ok to dryfire?

Or should I put spent cartridges in there just in case?

I've been told that centerfires will not be damaged by dry fire, but I don't want to take any chances.

Thank you all for your assistance :D.

August 13, 2009, 10:10 PM
Dry fire away. You won't hurt it. If it makes you feel better, stick some spent carts in there but they're not really needed. Besides, what's the worse that could happen? If you break a firing pin, they are real easy to replace and not costly. I've dry fired many thousands of times on many different guns without issue. S&W says in the manual that dry firing is fine. Work that trigger finger muscle.


August 14, 2009, 02:18 AM
I was also under the assumption that dry firing was only really a problem on rimfire guns.

Ohio Rusty
August 16, 2009, 08:06 PM
I made my own. For .380 and .357 I sized some clean empty cases and did not put in a primer. I filled the primer hole with common clear silicone, and cut off the silicone in the hole flush with the case base with a razor blade. They work perfect. If the silicone ever wears out, it's easy to just fill it with new silicone. The cost of a couple dozen snap caps for each pistol was about 99 cents. I fyou want a bullet in the end, then seat a bullet to make it look like a finished round. Only empth cases are necessary for revolvers unless you are practicing speed loading.
Ohio Rusty ><>