Muzzle loader snail/nipple repair

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  1. Thomasss

    Thomasss Member

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    I blew the nipple out of a percussion Great Plains Rifle last fall. The gun is 30 some years old. I'm trying to figure out a way to repair the barrel. It appears the threads wore out but it enlarged the hole as it blew out. I contacted both Track of the Wolf and Dixie Gun Works and their thoughts were to either recut larger threads for an oversized nipple or force fit a titanium nipple which would create a new thread hole in the barrel. Neither idea worked. The titanium nipple was good for two shots and then it blew out as well. I have a spot welding guy looking at it now, but he is still "scratching his head" over it.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. Clemson

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    Jack up the sights and roll a new rifle underneath. At 30 years old, that gun doesn't owe you a nickle.
     
  3. Fyrstyk

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    I'm not familiar with the nipple set up on a Lyman rifle, but i would think that you should be able to remove (or have removed)the breech plug with its nipple bolster and replace it with a new breech plug.
     
  4. vintovka

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    Recut threads or replace plug. Loose nipple usually the problem unless its a Jukar and metal fails sending it into range roof.
     
  5. Thomasss

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    Breach plugs are not available for Lyman GPR. Green Mountain made replacement barrels for them 20 years ago but have quit doing so for some time. I was wondering about metal fatigued since both both recommended repairs from Dixie and Track of the Wolf failed. Never did find the last nipple that bounced off my fore head when she let go. Recutting threads still may be an option if I can find a large enough nipple to fill the hole.
     
  6. Jackrabbit1957

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    It's possible that a musket nipple may be fitted. I can look at my GPR and see if that idea is worth pursuing.
     
  7. Thomasss

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    Jacckrabbit1957 you are correct and I thank you for that idea. That is what I will research in a few days. There are number of musket/shotgun oversized nipples available
    that do take a #11 cap. The spot welding guy happens to be on vacation this week, so I have to wait to get the barrel back and measure exactly what I have to work with
    in order to cut and thread a new hole. I believe the largest nipple for a #11 cap is 1/4 x 28 without going to a musket top hat nipple.
     
  8. Jackrabbit1957

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    I thought someone was making a #11 nipple with the same base and thread size as a musket nipple. Seems I replaced one on a Zuoave musket many moons ago. Might have got it through Dixie Gun Works.
     
  9. Big Bore 44

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    Track of the Wolf has oversize repair nipples for the Investarm rifles. The size is 7-.75mm. If that is still to small they have also 8mm threaded nipps. They also have the proper taps for the threads.
     
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