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inexpensive s.s. nipples for Pietta revolvers

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by unknwn, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. unknwn

    unknwn Well-Known Member

    While putting together an order at Buffalo Arms for a rotary wad cutter ( http://www.buffaloarms.com/wad_punches_pr-3756.aspx ) I came across an item on thier site that was previously unknown to me.
    A company called Rydon (They also mark thier packaging RMC) are marketing stainless steel nipples to fit Pietta revolvers that will allow the use of #11 caps.
    The most interesting thing about this product is the price, less than $15.00 per 6 pieces !
    Do anyone out there have any experience with these nipples? And, would you know anything more about the actual manufacturer?
  2. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    I've never heard of the nipples but I know from personal experience that Rydon makes the hardest (and thus best) one piece revolver nipple wrench I've ever used.
  3. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012
  4. Lunie

    Lunie Well-Known Member

    Nice find. Let us know how you like 'em if you get some.
  5. Hellgate

    Hellgate Well-Known Member

    rmcsports has them for $25.99 (does not specify if stainless) but rmcoxyoke says $15.99 for stainless. I have used several sets of Uncle Mikes/butler Creek SS replacement nipples and they work great for Remington #10 caps. If these are the same, it's a good deal.
  6. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    I only need 4 sets of them. One for each of my 2 Pietta Rem New Army .44s, and one for each of my Pietta 51 Navy "Colts".

    This hobby is seriously eating into the money I'm trying to save for a Ruger SR9.
    Blasphemy, I know. But, hey, this self contained cartridge thing could actually take off. :D
  7. hhb

    hhb Well-Known Member

    Dixie Gunworks, Union City, Tn.
  8. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    What's wrong with the OEM pietta nipples?

    BADUNAME30 Well-Known Member

    Man, i hope yer wrong there Jaymo.That would certainly ruin the neighborhood.:rolleyes:
  10. unknwn

    unknwn Well-Known Member

    The OEM nipples don't work with #11 caps, and since my ROAs use 11s, I'd like to keep the caps needs all the same.
    Most stainless steel nipples are harder than the OEM carbon steel nipples also.
    And I can also hope that they incorporate some of the desirable characteristics (smaller flash holes) that some of the other aftermarket manufacturers use on thier products.
    We'll see when I get some. The supply at the Buffalo Arms dried up before I could submit my completed order.
  11. Pancho

    Pancho Well-Known Member

    I've made it a habit to call a company, if I can, to ask questions before I buy online.
    Questions like:
    Is the flash hole smaller than OEM?
    Who makes them?
    What cap/manufacturer do they design to.
    It's worth a try TOW was able to tell me that their SS nipples have a smaller flash hole,
    they make them in-house, and they designed their's to the CCI #11.
    I'm a happy man.
  12. KSUJedi

    KSUJedi Member

    Well, I took the plunge and bought two sets from rmcoxyoke.com, was hoping that for less than the price of one set of either TOW or slixshot, I'd be able to get working replacements for my 2 Cabelas "stainless" Marshall "1851's" I'm wanting to get set up reliably for CAS.

    Unfortunately, looks like I'm going to be trying to return these, bite the bullet, and get some more expensive nipples with more proven track records.

    The nipples are nicely made, good threads, and I think a quality product, however the actual cone that the cap goes on, seems to be almost too true to its inspiration, and appear to be almost exactly the same as OEM. Ie the same problems I'm having with the OEM, namely the caps not fitting snugly and coming off under recoil, would not be remedied by these nipples. Tried Remington #10's and 11's, and CCI #11's, and all where quite loose on the nipples.

    Only difference dimensionally I could find between these and OEM, seems to be that the "waist" of the nipple where a nipple wrench torques on, seems to be a little thicker, making these a little longer than OEM. Installed in the cylinder, naked eye can tell there's a difference, with these sticking up slightly more, however didn't take calipers to them.

    Oh, and the flash holes appear to be the same size as OEM.

    Guess it was worth a try, and at least I could be a guinea pig for posterity.
  13. Pancho

    Pancho Well-Known Member

    My latest nipple experience is with a Uberti 62 Colt Police and it is a fussy gun to shoot because of the small frame and is prone to jam due to cap crap. Like you I found the OEM nipples to be too large for #10's and too small for #11's.
    It is a pet peeve of mine that aftermarket makers would think that offering a SS nipple with the same dimensions of the OEM is sufficient.
    Just the fact that TOW could tell me that their nipples were designed to be used with CCI #11 caps convinced me to try them and TOW was right the CCI caps fit snug but can be seated with finger pressure. After firing the caps split but don't shatter which is a vast improvement over the OEM. Small fragments get into small places that can end the shooting session. To try and improve the TOW nipples even further I had a set of them vented like the Slix Shot nipples but to date have not had the time to try them. The object is to keep the cap whole and still on the nipple after firing. We'll see
  14. Hellgate

    Hellgate Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear the SS nips from Oxyoke didn't work out. I have bought Uncle Mikes/Butler Creek SS replacement nipples and I believe some from TOW. All accepted Rem#10s. Some needed shimming out a bit to reach the hammer face. All had smaller flash holes.

    Friends of mine developed the Slix shot nipples and every time I shoot with them and have a misfire they razz me and give me a "shudd-a got a set of SlixShots!" My problem is with a bad case of old caps that go POP but no BOOM. Their nipples are good however.
  15. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012
  16. unknwn

    unknwn Well-Known Member

    sorry to be the author of this nipple/cap crap, but,...

    Well since I'm the one who brought this whole thing up in the first place let me tell my tale of " more woe with caps and nipples -I shoulda' bought the xxxx" .
    Thinking that I would save shipping costs, and since I had many Piettas to outfit, I purchased a half dozen of the RMC stainless nipples (this was before the reports on them showed up here).
    Well, as you now know, the nipples won't fit Remington #11s, and I had some CCI #11s -no go with them either-.
    So far as #11s are concerned I tried some RWS1075 (pricey!!) caps also.
    Since none of the above would stay on the cones AT ALL , I then got ahold of some Remington #10 caps along with yet another package of Rem.11s (new lot) and found that these nipples just won't work with any caps that were readily available to me.
    When I called up the manufacturer? to discuss the problem the customer service guy at the RMC/OxYoke co. told me that the caps were developed to fit #10 caps. When I told him about how they were being marketed by thier associated e-tailers he repeated "they are made to fit #10 caps" .
    Then I explained that none of the caps I tried would work, -EVEN Remington #10s- they all just fell right off, again he repeated, "they are made to fit #10 caps".
    So, before I wrapped them up for return I made the additional effort last weekend to find an LGS (about 30 miles away) that had CCI #10 caps (from everything I have read the SMALLEST cap available anywhere) so that I could (hopefully) still use the otherwise quite nicely made stainless steel nipples by just shopping for those particular caps.
    Well, the CCI #10 caps wouldn't stay on the nipples either. Again, they just fall right off. The nipples are simply undersize and will not work without deforming the caps ( bad juju ), so they are going back for refund.
    So what I really hoped would help solve the nipple/cap sizing problem with something in the less than $35.00 per gun area has been a total bust.
    Besides the hassle of returning goods that can't perform as described, I've got the expense of the CCI #10s, gas both ways to get them, and losing a few hours of time that I would have rather spent -EVEN CLEANING- my BP revolvers.
    Now why is it do you think the company that is making and packaging those nipples couldn't check to see if they would fit ANY of the caps available anywhere?

    Will the Track of the Wolf stainless steel (or even thier ampco) nipples work on my (all late model) Pietta revolvers using whomever's #11 -or-#10 caps ?Or can I look forward to spending twice as much per set as that last fiasco while still leaving me to scratch my @$$ and return more nipples?
    I've got a all encompassing collection of currently marketed percussion caps now. It looks like I might as well give up finding any replacements that aren't overly expensive, and concentrate on a reliable source for nipples that are just made right.
    I apologize for the overly long (yet another) nipple rant, but I thought maybe I owed it to you all since I seem to have found the product in question to begin with.
  17. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    If an after market nipple maker is going to make ill fitting nipple cones, then I would rather see them made to be over size instead of under size.
    That way the individual nipples could be adjusted to fit the cap of choice instead of needing to be squeezed into ovals in order to fit.
    And some folks probably wouldn't mind adjusting each nipple cone individually if they were able to buy them at a bargain price.
    Just being able to adjust them for a custom fit by doing it yourself could be a welcome selling point.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012
  18. unknwn

    unknwn Well-Known Member

    Articap, I'm with you all the way. Making an arbor to thread the offending cones onto and spin them to size on my lathe would be much preferable to the "can't get no joy at all" that occurred like these latest rendition of "Pietta revolver replacement nipples" .
    I'm sure it hurts to find that you have paid to produce hundreds (thousands?) of undersize parts, but it really turns off the end user that needs to go through ALL of the available caps to prove to the manufacturer that the ill-fitting nipples aren't only unsuitable, but potentially dangerous to boot!
  19. Pancho

    Pancho Well-Known Member

    In a thread sometime ago Mykeal provided a list of the commonly available caps and their dimensions. The conclusion as I saw it was that there is no industry wide standard for cap dimensions. This is contrary to virtually anything else we deal with. A 1/4-20 is a 1/4-20 no matter who makes it.
    The only tool we have is responsible consumerism, SEND THEM BACK with a note that there is no such thing as a #10 cap industry standard and to forewarn us that the nipples aren't a bargain.
    At least at TOW I was able to talk directly to the machinist that designed and machined the nipple. That made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
  20. Hellgate

    Hellgate Well-Known Member

    The only cap I know of that is smaller than the CCI#10 is the RWS #55 (or is it 1055?). Good luck finding them. They are too small to fit any nipples I've come across but they are indeed, the smallest cap I have.

    Sounds like those replacement nipples are useless. Obviously the maker hasn't tried them out yet.

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