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Old 10-10-2019, 08:40 PM
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Metal snap cap options for the 457 MTR match chamber?



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New to 22 RF rifles and CZ, I ordered and received a pack of the blue, aluminum A-Zoom snap caps. They will not chamber - can't lower (drop) the bolt handle. Micing them suggests they should go, though the simulated casing section is slightly longer than an actual casing (even still it mics smaller than a real bullet). Many posts mention plastic snap caps and plastic wall anchors but I'm concerned about them fracturing and having pieces turn where they shouldn't be.

So, anyone know of metal snap caps that will actually chamber in the MTR's match chamber?

Thanks.
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Old 10-10-2019, 09:07 PM
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I just keep a bunch of the fired cases and use them
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Old 10-10-2019, 09:20 PM
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I just keep a bunch of the fired cases and use them
Sorry for my ignorance but seems a pain to insert spent cases - and I'm pretty fumbly with my fingers in small spaces. Also some concern about "scratching" the match chamber when using spent cases. Issue or unfounded concern - since seems (to me) no one would buy snap caps when they could simply use spent cases (sunk cost)?
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Do you want snap caps for dry fire practice?
You may already know that closing the bolt while holding the trigger in the fire position will eliminate the need for snap caps.
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go to your local hardware store and pick up a bulk pak of the yellow drywall anchors, best snap cap around and cheap.
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Do you want snap caps for dry fire practice?
You may already know that closing the bolt while holding the trigger in the fire position will eliminate the need for snap caps.
Yes, for dry fire practice.

Sorry - again, new to CZ - what does what you describe do for someone wanting to dry fire practice? Thanks.
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Old 10-10-2019, 11:39 PM
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Do you want snap caps for dry fire practice?
You may already know that closing the bolt while holding the trigger in the fire position will eliminate the need for snap caps.
Yes, for dry fire practice.



Sorry - again, new to CZ - what does what you describe do for someone wanting to dry fire practice? Thanks.
My suggestion only applies to decocking the rifle. Not dry fire practice.
Now that I am keen to your goals I see why you would want a snap cap. Just covering bases.

As suggested above, a spent casing isn't a bad option. Personally I dont believe that brass will scratch the carbon steel action or breech. Granted it is a bit awkward to load without a "bullet" nose to guide it.
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I also use spent cases for dry fire practice in my Annie 1710, Cooper JSR and soon in a 457 CZ American. I have a ton of them so the price is right.
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If you want snap caps for dry fire practice, I highly recommend a plastic version rather than the aluminum ones. Dry fire on the aluminum action proving rounds a few times and the reason will become apparent very quickly.

Also, cartridge brass is significantly softer than barrel steel. No worry about damage, though getting them in without sizing is a royal PITA.

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Old 10-11-2019, 03:33 AM
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Also some concern about "scratching" the match chamber when using spent cases.
Brass will not scratch steel.


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Issue or unfounded concern - since seems (to me) no one would buy snap caps when they could simply use spent cases.
Most folks don't. .22 ammo is cheap. Just use real ammo.
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The white slightly large wall screw anchors fit .22wmr/.17hmr's perfectly and are pliable enough that they don't shatter, I've used both the yellow (.22lr) and white for over a decade.
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Old 10-11-2019, 08:59 AM
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Grind off the ones you've already bought, sounds like the chamber is short or the snap cap long so why waste them?
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:16 PM
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The white slightly large wall screw anchors fit .22wmr/.17hmr's perfectly and are pliable enough that they don't shatter, I've used both the yellow (.22lr) and white for over a decade.
Iíve been using the yellow ones also. The only problem with them is when you are showing clear, this yellow thing comes flying out.

I try to get them out early.
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Old 10-11-2019, 03:14 PM
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Just buy the yellow drywall anchors. They last a long time and don't split. I bought a box of them more than a decade ago and I'm still on the same box. Anytime I replace one it's because I lost it rather than wore one out.

All the other suggestions for using spent brass or aluminum blanks are horrible advise.
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If you read the fine print the aluminum ones are basically dummys for testing function of the loading mechanism.
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