View Full Version : Snap Caps for 20GA pump?

December 14, 2010, 01:30 PM
Just purchased a Benelli Nova 20GA pump and would like to purchase some good snap caps to practice loading/ unloading (no place handy nearby to use live shells). Do they make a snap cap that would be reliable enough for this purpose?

December 14, 2010, 01:48 PM

They make a heavy black plastic snap cap that works well ( the ones I've had for years are black / or they make brass ones too .... The only ones that don't work well - are the clear plastic ones / they seem to break if you drop them on a hard floor - like concrete.

As a last resort - you can also just used spent shells / run them thru a reloader and crimp them ( without components in them of course ) and they'll work fine. I would at least put a big X on the bottom with a marker so they don't get mixed up in live shells. I'm not as fond of this option - since they look like live shells .... / but you could use them if you can't find anything else. Note: you crimp them inward ---- not closed ... so its really obvious they're empty ( don't put wads in them / or shot ) ....

I would never recommend using live shells - except at a range - where you have a safe area downrange in case one goes off ....

December 14, 2010, 02:05 PM
To add to BigJimP's recommendation: Some folks put an elastic material (like a pencil eraser) in the primer pocket of a spent hull. I prefer the aluminum caps that have a spring loaded nylon button.

December 14, 2010, 02:54 PM
AZOOMS are dummy rounds designed not really as snap caps but practice rounds. They are aluminum, so they do not break like the cheap red/clear plastic ones


December 14, 2010, 02:54 PM
Click here please (http://www.cabelas.com/product/A-Zoom-Aluminum-Snap-Caps-and-Training-Rounds/741263.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dsnap%2Bcap%26x%3D0%26y%3D0&Ntt=snap+cap#productChart) and scroll down to the chart.

December 14, 2010, 07:55 PM
Thanks for the good words, guys. Really appreciate it.