I don’t think you should feel soiled.Boy, I felt a bit soiled in January after have 5000 RWS 1075 Plus caps delivered to my door for around $280. Only time will tell if I overpaid.
I was active in a local muzzleloader organisation beginning in 1984. By 1990, the group dissolved. About 1985, I purchased what I felt then was a crazy amount of German #11 RWS 1075s -- an entire box of 1,000, & that was in addition to my existing supply! I still have some in storage, & broke out a tin of them to do a sighting-in range visit three weeks ago. I was astonished that ALL of them fired as though I'd just brought them home from the store! And those were regular 1075s in 100 caps/tin. Now, the 1075-plus come in plastic "tins" at 250 per. In any case, I was amazed percussion caps stored for that long would be that reliable.No matter. I've been given a source to buy all the black powder and caps I want. At my age I don't need to stock much to last me what days I have left.
I have little fear than my gun will be taken from me. Lead balls are easy to make. An old fart hunting with a Hawken is no threat to anybody. Just leave me be and get off my lawn.
That powder is still young! There is powder from the civil war that still goes boom! That's what is nice about black powder, it doesn't go bad.The same for black powder, I guess. I have FF Goex dating back to 1999 which means it's approaching the quarter century mark in age, yet it performs as though I'd just purchased it last week! I've stored it in a modern, self-defrosting refrigerator which probably was a benefit.
I didn't know that, but I believe it. It's amazing how with proper care, even with marginal care, much of our supplies will literally remain viable for generations! Just as Nameless stated, these items are becoming the new 401k. Who'd a-guessed? If "our folks" haven't stocked up yet, then it might be wise to keep one's attention on personal inventory control.That powder is still young! There is powder from the civil war that still goes boom! That's what is nice about black powder, it doesn't go bad.
I'm just getting back into black powder with a Colt Walker replica. Also waiting for a flintlock kit to arrive. I had a tin of #10 CCI caps around here somewhere but...Just looked and Powder Inc has them, but minimum order is for 1,000 caps.
When MidwayUSA has the RWS caps in stock they are $125 per 2500 plus Hazmat ($12 I believe) and if you time it correctly, you may get free shipping.I'm just getting back into black powder with a Colt Walker replica. Also waiting for a flintlock kit to arrive. I had a tin of #10 CCI caps around here somewhere but...
Anyway I was just on powder inc and was able to put caps into a cart. $132.00 for 1,000 caps is a bit excessive IMHO.
Tony thanks a lot for posting this! I checked it and it's very interesting. It looks like it takes a while to make them but when you figure how much time I have taken researching where to get caps, paying hazmat, and then waiting for them to arrive this process is very appealing! Thanks again for posting this!make your own, I have a vid on you tube on making caps .Just type i tony calp and you see a bunch of testing and making vids
My first gun was a Thompson-Center 54 cal Percussion Cap Renegade I bought back in 79. It's my oldest sons favorite gun and he shoots it when we go shooting out in the desert. But favorite gun is my Brown Bess which I have only had a few weeks. She's beautiful and shoots very well. At the present time, flints are still available and I have had no problem getting them. Track of the Wolf and Dixie Gun Works has them available....so flint lock may be and option for you.I am new to blackpowder and was totally shocked that the shortages had reached even this. My main goal is to keep shooting and having enough for weekly range time.