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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2019, 06:51:06 AM »
There is a labeled Navy Arms tin. Underneath that is a Dixie Gun Works that is red plastic.

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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2019, 07:15:25 AM »
Here's an old thread I started a few years ago.          http://blackpowdersmoke.com/colt/index.php?topic=1522.0 
I have more cap tins but the ones in the old thread are still the most interesting.    I'm always on the look out for old ones,   1925 and earlier is all I will look at.

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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2019, 08:51:05 AM »
Those antique ones are really neat Mike. I wonder how much better or worse those old ones are? I mean, if they worked any better or worse than modern ones do. Like splitting and such.
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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2019, 11:45:07 AM »
Those antique ones are really neat Mike. I wonder how much better or worse those old ones are? I mean, if they worked any better or worse than modern ones do. Like splitting and such.

I'd be glad to try them out but I'd rather not open the sealed ones up.   The brass tin has some old caps in it so I weighed a few of them.  5 of them averaged 3.0 grains each.   5 CCI #11 caps averaged 1.5 grains each, and 5 Remington #10 caps averaged 1.3 grains each.   
So there you have it...  old caps weigh more than modern ones.   That's about all you can conclude without breaking the caps down into components and weighing the compound, glue, foil, and metal cup separately.   It does look like the metal cup is heavier on the old caps than on the modern ones.

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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2019, 02:33:58 PM »
Hmmmm. Thanks for doing that Mike. Very interesting.
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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2020, 05:51:33 PM »
Here is a look at my small collection. I do not get real serious about collecting them. Many of them were included in different lots that came up for sale that had an Eley present. I often try and bid on an Eley. I recently won a bid that had four brass Hicks in it and a couple of cool others. I have a soft spot for the Dixie Gun Works red plastic containers. The three in this pic were found locally and are full of caps.

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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2020, 12:57:38 PM »
That's a nice collection Steve.

What makes you like the red plastic containers, more than the others?
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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2020, 01:55:38 PM »
I was given a container of them when I first got into muzzleloading back in high school. Then I seldom saw another one. Everything by then was CCI or Remington. I liked the Dixie Gun Works company as source for muzzleloading supplies a lot then too. One of these ones has a little yellow price tag on the bottom. It says Field and Stream and priced at 75 cents.
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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2020, 04:47:58 PM »
Hey scooby,

Is that Black one a CVA?
They were so dirty I think I threw them out, box & all.
Think my first were about $0.95 per tin.

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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #24 on: March 08, 2020, 04:52:37 PM »
Yep, it is a CVA. I found it in an old tackle box. Why it was in there is anyone's guess?
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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2020, 03:34:45 PM »
Nice collection! Please tell me more about the large tin that looks like it has a very white label. It has an Eley right above it, a Hicks at 2 o'clock and a Dixie at 9.
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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #26 on: March 10, 2020, 07:54:44 PM »
Say tljack, that is the bottom side of an older Alcan musket cap tin. That era had plain paper labels on both ends and along the seam rather than the reddish colored glossed labels and seal that was present on the newer tins. It is the same kind of tin as the larger Alcan that is at the 11 oclock position from it.
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Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« Reply #27 on: March 10, 2020, 08:39:41 PM »
Many years ago I was at Friendship and bought a brick of Dixie caps from Turner Kirkland, cost was $9.00/1K!