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Willbarq

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percussion caps. rip off?
« on: August 22, 2015, 06:23:56 AM »
Seems to be a big rip off. 8 cents a piece for a cap, 10 cents or so for a whole .22 round. Yes. I realize supply and demand comes into play here, but they are horsing around with us who shoot caps in a rifle  or cap and ball revolver.

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Re: percussion caps. rip off?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2015, 03:48:14 PM »
Seems to be a big rip off. 8 cents a piece for a cap, 10 cents or so for a whole .22 round. Yes. I realize supply and demand comes into play here, but they are horsing around with us who shoot caps in a rifle  or cap and ball revolver.

Deteriorating currency is the big factor in prices. I get $150 in printing press money for labor on a lock mechanism and in 1957 that was 5 weeks pay after taxes. Loss of confidence in a medium of exchange 
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Re: percussion caps. rip off?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2015, 07:08:10 PM »
Just picked up 3 tins of Rem caps, locally for the shoot coming up next week - they were the same price as CCI - list at $9.99 each + Provincial Sales Tax & Federal Sales Tax, of course.
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Re: percussion caps. rip off?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2015, 07:20:49 PM »
Daryl--tins of 100, so a dime apiece?
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Re: percussion caps. rip off?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2015, 09:19:00 PM »
Sure does look like some sort of rip-off.  About 5 or 6 years ago I ordered 1000 CCI #11 caps for around $45, IIRC.  Probably more than that now.  A cap is nowhere near the amount of material or the complexity of a .22LR round.  So why are they just as expensive?
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2015, 11:30:27 PM »
Sure does look like some sort of rip-off.  About 5 or 6 years ago I ordered 1000 CCI #11 caps for around $45, IIRC.  Probably more than that now.  A cap is nowhere near the amount of material or the complexity of a .22LR round.  So why are they just as expensive?

Limited uses and captive market are the reasons for the price gouge.
I have also heard that primers for reloading brass cases are produced on the
same machinery as percussion caps.

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Re: percussion caps. rip off?
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2015, 12:52:45 AM »
I remember when they went to $20 a thousand. Sure was glad at the time I shot mostly flint. The local Academy Sports chain in my area has, for some time, been carrying CCI standards for $4.99 a tin and they had plenty. This day and age it seems to be a good price. I can't get them at Friendship for that.
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Re: percussion caps. rip off?
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2015, 02:39:07 AM »
Rocks are fairly cheap.

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Re: percussion caps. rip off?
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2015, 08:44:34 AM »
That is my current project.. rock lock. But like I said I also shoot a cap and ball revolver.

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Re: percussion caps. rip off?
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2015, 07:00:45 PM »
Daryl--tins of 100, so a dime apiece?

Just over a dime each - $9.99 + $1.44 taxes= $11.43 per 100 caps. these do not look like the scalloped edged with gold/silver foil Rem Caps I've purchased previously. They appear to be re-branded RWS caps - even to the green priming compound.
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Re: percussion caps. rip off?
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2015, 09:51:24 PM »
Sure does look like some sort of rip-off.  About 5 or 6 years ago I ordered 1000 CCI #11 caps for around $45, IIRC.  Probably more than that now.  A cap is nowhere near the amount of material or the complexity of a .22LR round.  So why are they just as expensive?

Limited uses and captive market are the reasons for the price gouge.
I have also heard that primers for reloading brass cases are produced on the
same machinery as percussion caps.

Bob Roller



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Re: percussion caps. rip off?
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2015, 11:13:45 PM »
Not all that long ago, HazMat fees were $15. I was quoted nearly three times that on my last order, and said no thanks.
A trip to Dixon's is in order.
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