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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:23 PM   #1
 
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.38 vs .357 snap caps

Even though the Ruger manual tells me dry firing a GP100 is fine, I'd still like err on the side of caution and get snap caps.

Is there any reason I should go with .357 snap caps? It seems like .38 snap caps would do the same job, but have the advantage of being useable in any .38 I might ever have need to dry fire.

It would seem .357 Mag snap caps exist for no logical reason if a .38 version could cover the same job and then some. Or am I missing something?



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Old August 17th, 2011, 11:30 PM   #2
 
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nope. you pretty much summed it up.
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Well , I use 357 magnum ammo in sd/hd revolvers & there a little longer & a bit more wiggily to charge the cyl than 38spc.

Soo I practice with 357 "dummy" rounds .

That`s the only difference .
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.357 snap caps might cycle through a .357/.38 lever action better if the 'bullet' on the .38 snap cap isn't the correct shape.

Snap caps might be good for safely practicing loading and unloading a firearm, but other than that, are a waste of money.
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Brimic beat me to it. I have an old Winchester that sometimes struggles to cycle the shorter .38 for some reason. I'm not sure but the same may apply for some of the bolt actions or auto pistols like the Desert Eagle or the Coonan.
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Snap caps might be good for safely practicing loading and unloading a firearm, but other than that, are a waste of money.
I'm not sure how snap caps would help one learn to safely load & unload a revolver. Other than pointing it in an unsafe direction (like at me!) revolvers seem pretty much idiot proof with regard to loading/unloading.

As for "waste of money" could you please state why? I'd appreciate any suggestions on a better or lower cost way to become proficient with a DA trigger.

I'm a relative novice who has always shot SA.
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I'm not sure how snap caps would help one learn to safely load & unload a revolver. Other than pointing it in an unsafe direction (like at me!) revolvers seem pretty much idiot proof with regard to loading/unloading.

As for "waste of money" could you please state why? I'd appreciate any suggestions on a better or lower cost way to become proficient with a DA trigger.

I'm a relative novice who has always shot SA.
Nothing is idiot proof. Everytime something comes along that seems idiot proof, someone becomes a bigger idiot.
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KJS, Look at post #16 in this thread: Dry fireing
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I'm not sure how snap caps would help one learn to safely load & unload a revolver. Other than pointing it in an unsafe direction (like at me!) revolvers seem pretty much idiot proof with regard to loading/unloading.
If you are a reloader, just make up some dummy rounds.
If not, you can use snap caps to practice using a speedloader or speed strips- it does take practice.
You don't want to use live rounds for practice for obvious reasons, but there are some non-obvious reasons as well. You practice loading and unloading a DA revolver (or even semiauto) and accidentally drop a live round on the floor- the round will likely land nose down and cause set back. You don't notice and the next time you are at the range, you get a kaboom.

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As for "waste of money" could you please state why? I'd appreciate any suggestions on a better or lower cost way to become proficient with a DA trigger.
Other than for loading/unloading practice, snap caps don't do anything. See Iowegan's post above.
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Please!!!!!!!

When you make your dummy rounds (with spent primers) mark the Heck out of them with a sharpie. bright as you can or blacked out so there is NOOOO way one could get them mixed up with real live rounds. I have in gone as far as to weigh sand to fill in for the powder to make my practice rounds feel exactly like live rounds. Then mine are covered tip to stern with red sharpie. leaves no excuse for a live round getting mixed with them.
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Spent primers aren't helping your firing pin . Unless it's maybe one of them Smif an Weston's/
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I alway decap my dummy rounds.
I used them for hand stengthening (actually, finger strengthening) since I was new to semi autos and loading 17 9mm in a new magazine was really tough to do they are so small and the spring so tight. Also, dummy rounds are good for die adjustment, setup functions and practice on reloading gear.
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your Ruger doesn't need help for its firing pin. They are a modern working gun.
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Just get the 38s. No need for 357s.
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If you use the .38's a lot and then switch to the .357's be sure to completely clean the carbon ring build up or you will have extraction problems.
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