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Best Snap Caps for 38 Special

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Post by Chase Turner 3/1/2022, 6:46 pm

I was doing a bit of dry fire with my 38 CF wheelgun, and when I went to unload the A-Zoom brand snap caps, one of the rims of the caps sheared off. I imagine there is a bit of abuse that these take, and I can see cracking starting along the rim of the remainders. I suppose I could get more A-Zoom, but they are sort of spendy if they wear out in the same way, and for what seems like a short amount of dry fire.

Other than Tipton, are there any other brands of snap caps worth checking into?

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Post by Tim:H11 3/1/2022, 7:09 pm

I use the A-Zoom and they lasted a while but the rim will sheer off eventually. If yours happened quickly perhaps it was a bad one? Idk. They are speedy but I like em. They’ve been alright for me.
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Post by Multiracer 3/1/2022, 7:57 pm

Make some dead rounds and paint or mark them as such.

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Post by Chase Turner 3/2/2022, 8:13 am

Tim:H11 wrote:I use the A-Zoom and they lasted a while but the rim will sheer off eventually. If yours happened quickly perhaps it was a bad one? Idk. They are speedy but I like em. They’ve been alright for me.

I think I've had these longer than I realize, and probably have used them more than I think. Counting dry fire shots is a bit extreme, but I'm guessing at least 2-300 per cap and probably more. 

Never thought I'd see the day when I wore out a centerfire snap cap!

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Post by Kp321 3/2/2022, 11:01 am

I make my own snap caps by seating the desired bullet in a fired case with a drop of red LocTite to make sure it doesn’t move. Some folks recommend making a “primer” from a delrin rod and supergluing it in the primer pocket. I fill the primer pocket with hot glue, good for thousands of snaps.

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Best Snap Caps for 38 Special Empty tap instead ?

Post by Russ OR 3/5/2022, 11:52 am

Some Dummy rounds eventually wear out -  - -dud rounds-the spent primer gets to the point of little or no cushion

Dry firing revolvers I use a rubber tap instead of snap-caps: A small, right size, pc of truck tire inner tube wedged in where the hammer falls. Not too thick tho or the trigger won't re-set.  

With a range command recording & that tap, one can T&R dry practice with a revolver-almost as good as live fire.   -- I might use dud (no primer/no powder) rounds for the feel of the weight.     ---- Russ

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Post by valbern67 3/23/2022, 1:52 pm

So then, is it bad to dry fire on an empty revolver chamber? 

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Post by Wobbley 3/23/2022, 2:20 pm

It depends on the design of your revolver.  Most S&W and Colts with a pivoting firing pin that is pinned to the hammer, it’s generally OK to dry fire.  With a frame mounted firing pin, the pin gets hit and those can be damaged.  S&W revolvers were changed 20 odd years ago to a frame mounted firing pin.  Almost all the Colts built since 1970 have a frame mounted firing pin.  I would not dry fire those.
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Post by mikemyers 3/23/2022, 4:56 pm

Tipton Snap Caps
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Post by Tripscape 3/23/2022, 5:52 pm

These are cheap. All steel with fairly hard rubber inserts. Countless dry fire with hardly any dents.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08S3RRM3D?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

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