Why add caps last?

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  1. Daveboone

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    organized troops (Redcoats, French, and the standard US early infantry) were not issued powderhorns. They were issued cartridges for thier muskets. Informal militia who may have brought thier own rifles would likely bring horns but also prepared thier own paper cartridges frequently.
     
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  2. derek45

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    Like others have said, it lets the powder and ball in, by letting the air out.

    I cap the revolver last, keeping my self behind it, and the muzzle pointed down range.
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    Because Elmer Keith said so.

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  3. mjsdwash

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    if you have the cap on, and drop your hammer from half cock while loading a ball, you will shoot yourself in the face. Thats the whole reason. Burning your finger and taking some small slivers from a cap blowing on seating is better than a gunshot to your face. At least with a revolver.
    Rams are 180° to the barrel, so seating lines everything up. Pressing the lever hard will point the barrel directly at you.
     
  4. mjsdwash

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    I'll add to this that priming after charging is never recommended in metallic because the primer can blow while seating, if it goes in crooked, debris get on the seater, you are using a case that hasn't been deprimed, or a berdan case that popped its primer.

    Because C/B are capped by hand with 1/1000 the pressure of a metallic reloading press, the risk falls the other way. Also, with metallic, your not pointing the gun at yourself as you load.
     
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  5. sigwally

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  6. Loyalist Dave

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    I'm sorry sir but you are MUCH mistaken in this.

    ..., [Light Infantry to be armed thus ] "Fusil, Cartouch-Box of Balls and Flints, and a Powder horn slung over their Shoulders."

    ..., [the light infantry] ...., " ... use their powder horns to load, they must take particular care not to put too much powder in their pieces, & to have paper ready cut, or Tow to charge with, in proper Portions."
    General Jeffery Amherst Commander and Chief British Forces in North America 1758-1760

    British light infantry regiments in the F&I war WERE issued lose ball and powder horns.

    You might want to reference Wolfe's Army (Men at Arms) c. 1998

    Here endeth the lesson

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  7. sigwally

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    Thank you everyone for your thoughts, comments and instruction. I am the original poster of this thread. I have decided to continue with tradition (and for safety) and add my caps on my percussion revolvers last.
     
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    Irrefutable logic right there! :thumbup:
     
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  9. sigwally

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    woodnbow- Yeah, If Elmer Keith said it I believe it. People called "BS" on some of his incredible pistol shots, but they have been proven possible by many Pro Shooters who have duplicated Elmer's claims. When I was a young teen most other kids had sports heros. My heros were Elmer Keith, Sketter Skelton. Jeff Cooper and Bill Jorden...:thumbup:
     
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  10. NathanHale

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    Succinctly put; It is safer that way
     
  11. BLACKHAWKNJ

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    We have gotten too used to metallic cartridge reloading where we prime the case BEFORE charging it with powder, otherwise the powder will trickle out.
     
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    Could ramming the ball create enough compression to simulate a fire piston? I would think not, it would pop the cap off. Just a thought...
    I cap last.
     
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  13. Jackrabbit1957

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    I doubt you move the loading lever fast enough or with enough pressure to get one to diesel. Still it's best to cap last, as a safety kinda thing.
     
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  14. sigwally

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    I agree with Jackrabbit1957. "Safety kinda things" ARE good...
     
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