- Nov 16, 2009
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Depending on the vintage and brand, the Italian nipples can be pretty soft. I’ve never experienced chain fire but I’ve only owned Uberti, Centaure and Ruger cap guns. Quality as I’ve seen it has been spotty, poor to great with Centaure, consistently good to excellent with Uberti, and consistently great with Ruger. I’ve replaced nipples a few times over the years but honestly I can’t say I’ve ever worn out a set of nipples to the point that caps didn’t fit properly. I do see erosion of the orifice, especially with full loads and heavy bullets.I would say replacing the sketchy pot metal Italian nipples with Treso or those Slik Shot ones will improve cap fit
None of my guns hammers contact the cones and all of the cones are tapered to fit Remington #10 caps if the don’t come that way from the factory. I’ve bought a few sets of Treso nipples and Slixshots too because everyone says they are the hot stuff. They’re fine, but I’ll spend my money elsewhere in the future, unless they’re the only nipples available.
Do you still have the Centaure? Could you post pictures and dimensions of the revolver? Is it registered with the Centaure page? Honestly I don’t know if that page or group is up and running...The .44 Centaure that has given me repeated multiple chainfires on two different cylinders has minimal cylinder gap. I have never had a chainfire on any of my other percussion revolvers, so in my case, I doubt that it is due to loading procedure.