Breaking in your snubs

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    Breaking in your snubs

    I bought a 638 about month ago and LOVE it. I hear so much about how it gets smoother as it gets broke in. I really feel it shoots great now. I also hear so much about the snap caps. Do they last a long time? Also someone told me you can also take an used/shot shell and use it as a snap cap.......is this safe for the gun?
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    You really don't need snap caps on a modern centerfire revolver.
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    If you choose to use snap caps for dry firing, may I suggest Tipton? They have a spring to absorb the impact. I use them for practicing reloading. There are a lot schools of though on their use which I'll stear away from.

    I'll randomly load one or two into a my guns during live fire practice to see if I am anticipating recoil, how I react to a misfire etc. Azoom is good and looks like a real cartridge but red. However, the Azooms have what appears to be a nylon insert in place of the primer. It seems to get chewed up too soon. That is not the case with Tipton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    You really don't need snap caps on a modern centerfire revolver.
    Was told this by many people when I got my first revolver.

    Mine have all been fine w/o snap caps.

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    Are spent casings suitable for use as snap caps in a snub? I've seen that mentioned a few times, but have never tried it.
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    I broke my Taurus 605 in with dry fire only. Worked fine and still does after 400 or so different rounds. It was a bit tight at first but it worked in after the DF period.
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    Check to see that the snubbie is unloaded...do this several times. Make sure that the ammo is in another room. Dry fire away all you want...no problem.
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    The problem that I see with using spent brass, is the possiblity of confusing it with a live round. Then you got problems. As retsupt99 said, keep ammo in another room.
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    I've used spent rounds for years never had a problem. Yes, live rounds are in another room.

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    I smoothed the trigger on my 637 with thousands od dry fires without snap caps. They just are NOT necessary on most modern handguns, unless you are practicing malfunction or reloading drills.

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    When I bought my S&W 442 it stated on their Web Sight and in my Owners Manual that it was OK to dry fire.

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    While it is true you probably don't NEED snap caps in a modern centerfire revolver, I think they are a good idea for safely practicing loading, unloading, speed loading, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    You really don't need snap caps on a modern centerfire revolver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    Are spent casings suitable for use as snap caps in a snub? I've seen that mentioned a few times, but have never tried it.
    a spent case won't cushion the firing pin. You can either use snap caps (I use the A-zoom brand) or get some some dummy rounds like the Action Trainer brand, fill the cavity with hot-glue, and slice it off flush with the base.
    I like using snap-caps/dummy rounds because I'm able to practice my reloads (strips and speed-loaders) while dry firing...y'all do actually practice...right?

    When I got my 442, on the advice of a member on another forum who is quite the expert on snubbies, I replaced the trigger-return spring with a 13# spring and lubed the contact points with Brownell's Action Lube. It made a noticeable difference in the weight and "smoothness" of the trigger pull while still allowing for consistent ignition of the primers.
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    Great info......THANKS GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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