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I've never used any rws caps, but between cci and remington, I prefer the remington for
Revolvers because they seem thinner and cause less jamming of the cylinder, getting caught between the cylinder and frame. It seems to be able to "chew" them up easier. For my smoothebores, the cci have been flawless and hold the nipple well with my TOTW nipples
 
I have always been a pack rat, which is a bonus in today's world. I have powder and caps that were given to me that cost me nothing, I have 500 Walmart caps that cost $5.85 a tin. I have powder that I paid $12 a pound shipped and some that I paid $30 a pound during the first part of the shortage when the Goex plant burned.

I am set for life but feel for people just getting into the sport. Greed from the suppliers can and will kill the sport for many, there is no reason for a single cap to cost as much as a ready to shoot 9mm round.

Here is my personal price gouging story; I was just starting out in life with a wife and a young son, I moved to Stevenson Al with my job, there was almost no rental property available. We lived in an old farm house out of town, down a one lane dead end road with a raised railroad track adjacent to the road.

We had a flood, followed by a terrible ice storm, the power was out, we were trapped in by the flood for two weeks, we got our water from a spring. I could walk a mile down the railroad track to high ground and get picked up to go to work or pick up supplies from Stevenson.

The local hardware store had Coleman white gas for 99cent a gallon(1974) before the storm and jacked its price up to $5 a gallon after the storm hit, everyone who lost power needed it. I had to buy it, but vowed that when things returned to normal, I would drive 50 miles for hardware before I ever spent another dime in his store.

Apparently, he price gouged one too many people and rubbed a bunch of us the wrong way, this store had been a fixture in downtown Stevenson for at least 20 years, his once very successful business went belly up within a couple of years after the storm.

Keep these price gouging cap sellers in mind down the road.
I remember when caps were $.99 a tin. But I was 15, gas was .89 cent/gallon,a coke was 25 cents and I hauled hay for 07 cents a bale. 1980.

My best ever powder deal was in 2011. I made a friend thru N-SSA and he went to Friendship. He bought me 2 rolls of musket caps for IIRC, $15 a sleeve. Brought me a 6 lb brown grocery bag with GOEX fffg, for $6 a pound. I couldn't afford more, or I'd got more. Times have always been tight it seems.
 
I got to thinking. In 1982, I was making $3.35/hr, which breaks down to 5.6 cents a minute, and caps were still around $1.00/tin. It took me 17.24 minutes to earn a tin of caps.
At $25/hr, you earn .42 cents per minute, and caps $15 a tin. You have to work 35.7 minutes to buy a tin. If you find caps for $10/tin, it takes 24 minutes to earn a tin.
I guess the unobtainium factor makes many holler. I'm blessed to have plenty as yet.
 
Let’s see, fighting with snakes under the bales, putting up bales all the way up to the barn roof with big nails sticking down to get your head, working in said loft with the temperature at 100 degrees with NO wind, working for that one farmer who did the small round bales that were impossible to keep on a trailer, drunk guys who insisted on hammering whiskey and beer in 100 degree heat…… good times!
 
NONE at wally world in Northern AZ, tried like 8 stores in 4-5 cities. Clerks had no idea what I was looking for till I showed them a photo on walmart.com and they said I could NOT order to their store?
I don't know if you will ever find caps at Wal Mart again. Inline hunters don't use them.
Stores in my area have zero muzzleloading supplies of any type, having removed them months ago.
 
I don't know if you will ever find caps at Wal Mart again. Inline hunters don't use them.
Stores in my area have zero muzzleloading supplies of any type, having removed them months ago.
Whatever muzzleloading supplies the local WallyWorlds have will show up in late summer and early fall when they put it out with the archery and other hunting supplies.
 
I don't know if you will ever find caps at Wal Mart again. Inline hunters don't use them.
Stores in my area have zero muzzleloading supplies of any type, having removed them months ago.
I asked the guy in the Butte,Mt. store if they had any and he had no idea.
No idea what they were,where they would be,when or if they would get any no idea at all.
 
Somewhere between beginning and mid July. They put them out 7/13 at one store
Seems about right. Then if one is cheap, patient and lucky, there might be something in the picked over closeout stuff at the end of the season when you rummage through it. I’ve learned that if it is something you want it is best to just buy it when you see it, rather than complain when that something is no longer on the shelf. I’ve been told that WallyWorld gets their seasonal products in once a year. When it’s gone, it’s gone until next year.
 
Was at a county-level gun show over the weekend, and of course no Caps. One small dealer had a newish bubble pack of CCI's #11, and you could see where the price had been 'changed' a couple times, up to $30!! That's 30 cents a shot! Don't drop one at the range!!
Can’t necessarily blame the dealer.
If 30 cents apiece is the going price, someone else may buy them at 20 cents apiece and flip them for a tidy $10 profit.
 
I remember when caps were $.99 a tin. But I was 15, gas was .89 cent/gallon,a coke was 25 cents and I hauled hay for 07 cents a bale. 1980.

My best ever powder deal was in 2011. I made a friend thru N-SSA and he went to Friendship. He bought me 2 rolls of musket caps for IIRC, $15 a sleeve. Brought me a 6 lb brown grocery bag with GOEX fffg, for $6 a pound. I couldn't afford more, or I'd got more. Times have always been tight it seems.
Don't recall the year but I bought two 50lb kegs of Bruce Hodgon's 4831 pull down surplus for 35 cents a pound, got about 10lb in the first left haven't opened the second yet.
 
I remember when caps were $.99 a tin. But I was 15, gas was .89 cent/gallon,a coke was 25 cents and I hauled hay for 07 cents a bale. 1980.

My best ever powder deal was in 2011. I made a friend thru N-SSA and he went to Friendship. He bought me 2 rolls of musket caps for IIRC, $15 a sleeve. Brought me a 6 lb brown grocery bag with GOEX fffg, for $6 a pound. I couldn't afford more, or I'd got more. Times have always been tight it seems.
I remember when Nixon put price controls in place and they quit selling gum in 5 stick packs for a nickel and went to 7 sticks for a dime. Yeah government controls really were a huge help NOT.
 
As I understand it, Vista owns CCI, Federal and Remington ammo, among others. A Checkoslavkian conglomerate has been trying to buy Vista since last October, but law enforcement groups have been objecting to having so much of our ammunition, and particularly primer, manufacturing under foreign ownership. Probably a valid concern but as to percussion caps I doubt the Czechs could do worse...
 
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