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#1 DougStump


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Posted 13 September 2020 - 02:17 PM

Does anyone use these and are they worthwhile?  A friend had a few for his Vickers, but I don't think he used them.


I've gotten into 3d printing (see the posts about magazine sleeves in the Reising section), and I've seen some discussion of printing forming dies out of plastic to stamp out sheet metal parts.  Yeah, I'm pretty skeptical too, but I would like to experiment with it.  Of course, I'd prefer to make something useful to the guys & gals here.  I would need to borrow an original disc.  Maybe it'll work, maybe it won't, ya never know until you try.  PM me if you're interested.



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#2 Black River Militaria CII

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 07:45 AM

The discs certainly are not necessary with recreational shooting along with cleaning of corrosive deposits from the interior of the booster after shooting. With heavy use, build up of deposits of carbon on the inner face of the cap as well as in the cup from combustion, etc can eventually interfere with the forward movement of the cup which will stop the gun. With even fairly light shooting one can see deposits of carbon in the edges of the openings in the sides of the booster body and in the cup. 

The Vickers guns were often used in combat for long periods of sustained firing and while booster caps could be replaced, using the discs would dramatically reduce cleaning time of  heavy build up of carbon on the inside of booster caps. Also, military ammo used in WWI and WWI left far more carbon and copper deposits from firing than modern ammo and was corrosive.

The discs also protect the threads of the front caps from the effects of corrosive ammo which is a sure source of rust and fusing of the threads.

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