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Slix Shot nipples and a Wolff reduced power main spring in an 1851 Navy

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by duelist1954, Aug 4, 2013.

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  1. duelist1954

    duelist1954 Member

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    One of the claimed benefits of using Slix Shot nipples is the ability to use a lighter main spring because the back pressure of the charge firing is diffused by the side vents on the nipple. So, after outfitting an 1851 Navy with a set of Slix Shots, I equipped it with a Wolff reduced power main spring to put the theory to the test.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB3ZKccjEmQ
     
  2. jgh4445

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    Another good video with good info on the lighter springs. Do you think the slix shots by themselves will stop the cap sucking or do you still recommend the JB Weld treatment to the safety notch hole?
     
  3. duelist1954

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    Slix Shots without the JB treatment have been working fine for me
     
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    Your vids are well done and enjoyable to watch.

    But can you edit the sound so its at a similar level through out?

    Jimmy
     
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    The Slix shot nipples in Pietta 1860 Armys work quite well with the Brownells sold reduced power 1873 main springs.
     
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    Mike, your experience parallels mine. I tried Slix-Shot nipples in Uberti 1851s (I told you we had similar tastes!) with the Slix-Shot springs and had the same failures to fire. I went back to Tresos and factory springs with the safety notch closed with JB Weld. Just confirming and providing further support for your findings. Now you need to get that arbor length problem fixed! Good video.
     
  7. Tinpan58

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    put slix shot nipples in my pietta 1851 works great goes bang every time, no more cap jams. Love you video's Mike, subscribe and watch every one.
     
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    Another good video, Mike.

    I'm not intimately familiar with Colt's Navies, and I'm presently TOO LAZY to go to my son's room to pop his gun box and check out his .44 "fake Navy"; so I'll ask here. Does the Colt have a mainspring tensioner screw as my Remington NMA's; and if so, does it give enough 'boost' to the Wolff spring?
     
  9. Noz

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    No the colts do not have a tensioning screw.
     
  10. YumaKid

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    Well, shoot!

    (No pun intended) :rolleyes:
     
  11. duelist1954

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    Since I have gotten some flack that I am trashing Slix Shot nipples. let me assure you all that that's not the case.

    I said from the 9 minute, 30 second point in the video.

    "Now the Slix Shot nipples did fine. There was no cap sucking. The hammer did not blow back. It's just that the Wolff mainspring, which is very, very light, was insufficient to set off the caps."

    I don't think that is trashing Slix at all.

    Perhaps a medium weight spring would have set the caps off, but that's not what I was testing. I wanted to try the lightest spring. Several other shooters have had exactly the same results with the Wolff springs in Colt style cap & ball revolvers.
     
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