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#1 lewis505

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Posted 07 October 2003 - 09:27 PM

Anyone know a good source for dummy 45 ACP rounds for my Thompson?

Thanks!

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#2 Bill in VA

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Posted 07 October 2003 - 10:46 PM

A number of outfits sell .45 snap caps...a plastic "cartridge" with a rubber or spring loaded insert in the primer pocket. For the big sporting goods distributors, Cabelas sells them as does LL Bean and Dunns. Most of the other distributors usually stock them too. I also see them all the time at the local gun shows and shops.

OTOH, if you're cheap like me, you can always make your own. When I've made them in the past, I've always drilled a couple of holes in an empty case (easy to ID them later...NO possibility of mistakenly loading a live round... just be sure to polished the burrs from around the holes you drill before you load the brass into your dies), punch out the old primer, seat and crimp a bullet in place, and then glue a piece of a pencil eraser in the primer pocket. They work pretty well, and doing it this way, I can make pretty much any type of dummy round I want/need... FMJ/RNL/SWC/HP/etc...
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Posted 08 October 2003 - 07:29 AM

I’m with Bill, I load my own. Try “brass black” to color the cases for identification.

You can buy factory dummies from Brownells.
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Posted 08 October 2003 - 08:29 PM

I picked up a set of snap caps, and they jam in the chamber, I had to use a wooden dowel to drive them out. sad.gif
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Posted 09 October 2003 - 03:47 AM

I like the brass base and red plastic ones,

I have some of the dark brown A-zoom aluminum ones but quality control was down at the pub, my extractors leave them in the chamber as often as not and they fall out of half and full moon clips for my revolvers. The A zoom snap caps seem to last longer but I was not impressed.

Aside from Brownells, you could try Cabella's; Midway(reloading supplies); and Gil Hebard Guns usally has a pretty good stock of them if you are in the mid west and have his catalog...

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Posted 09 October 2003 - 07:11 AM

Are you looking for rounds without primers or powder and how many are you looking for?
Wanting 50 or so rounds to load a drum could get expensive if using snap caps and won't look as good as FMJs.
If you don't want to drill out rounds and empty the powder I am sure there are plenty of reloaders on the board who would be happy to make a few rounds without powder and primers for you.
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Posted 09 October 2003 - 09:29 AM

Chris Northridge International has USGI 45 ACP Dummy Ammo box of 50 $19.95
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Posted 09 October 2003 - 04:11 PM

FWIW - The Triple K red plastic/brass base snap caps feed just fine in my '28A1 TSMG and .45 Broomhandle, but jammed in the chamber of the 1911A1 and Glock 36 and required the wooden dowel to ram out.
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#9 lewis505

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Posted 09 October 2003 - 08:41 PM

Thanks for the intel fellas!

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