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Who Makes Their Own Snap Caps?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by wvsig, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. wvsig

    wvsig Well-Known Member

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    I am looking to step up my training game and this will require some snap caps. Anyone make their own dummy rounds and if so tell me your process.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    JimP42 Mostly harmless Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Sure. The important thing is for the dummy rounds to be easily and clearly identifiable so they don’t get mixed up with real ones.

    I normally use a punch and put some holes in the brass before resizing. No primer. Seat and crimp a bullet. This would be a good time to get a few powder coated bullets in a color you don’t use, just for snap caps.

    You can also sharpie the brass afterward as another marking.
     
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  3. Sigequinox220

    Sigequinox220 Active Member Benefactor

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    759B9AF1-1FB5-498B-BBD1-F68E53FAA33A.jpeg Yes, and my own Christmas ornaments too. My wife...HATES me. If you reload, subtract the primer and explosive. I forget what I plugged primer hole with, maybe eraser?
     
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  4. Geezer

    Geezer Mama Tried Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Yellow wall anchors make great snap caps for a rimfire revolver. Buy a whole box for a couple of bucks.

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    Jeppo Very LARGE Member Supporting Member

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    Those I bought on EB are filled and “primed” with silicone or some kinda setting liquid rubber. I like that they simulate the weight of live rounds.

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  6. rantingredneck

    rantingredneck ....glutton for punishment..... Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Hot glue works well for that.
     
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    I start with a wooden dowel slightly smaller in diameter than the case. Cut it to length so that the bullet will lightly compress it when seated to the correct depth. Seat and crimp the bullet in a sized case. Fill the primer pocket with hot glue. I use jacketed bullets which are painted white as a final operation so they don't get mixed up with real ammo. The wood dowel is to prevent the bullet from seating deeper as the result of repeated cycling.
    I like JimP42's idea of further identifying the snap caps by drilling small holes in the case before resizing and I will be doing this in the future.