About a year ago we went to shoot our BP guns and my bud pulled out his 1861 Colt and with no time spent loading fired off all 6 shots. All but one of the rounds were full power. One round was slightly weaker than the rest but still went off. Then he told us that gun had been loaded for over a year and kept ready to go. I was impressed that it fired so well. So has anyone else left a gun loaded and ready to go and what were the results? I just got new nipples for my 1858 because the factory nipples were sized for #10 caps and all I have are number 11 caps. The CCI caps fit very tight on these nipples. Much tighter than Remington #11 caps. I feel that with a tight fitting ball and the CCI caps this gun could be left loaded for a long time and be counted on to go off. I had read something over at the BP section on TFL about using Beeswax to make a dab on the lip of the cap before installing to help keep moistier out of the charge. Anyone heard of that before?