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HopeToBe
09-08-2011, 01:03 PM
Since we are approaching winter time - is dry firing OK? I would like to spend some time during the winter to speed up my reloading routine hence I would expect that dry firing practice would be one good way of doing this?

But the bolt or firing pin will not suffer?

David Halblom
09-08-2011, 08:13 PM
it is VERY easy to make a snap cap so you can dry fire all you want. A delrin plug in the primer hole of a fired case will do the job very well. But be sure you use delrin. Most all other plastics will disintegrate very quickly

Boyd Allen
09-09-2011, 01:58 AM
If you are going to practice loading your rifle at the bench, a highly colored dummy round and an empty case as well as a table the same shape and height as benches you commonly use in competition should be useful. I would make the dummy round look so distinctive that a loaded round could not be mistaken for it..ever. I believe that a well known bullet maker, who is also a highly skilled shooter does the sort of practice that I think that you are asking about. I need to do some of the same practice myself, so that I can do it quickly, without looking. Old habits are hard to break.

Hambone
09-09-2011, 04:45 AM
I had a skilled machinist friend make some dummy rounds up out of high grade aluminium stock into which he let a delrin primer plug with a small spring behind it. Great for dry firing practice and you never confuse the real thing from the practice rounds.

HopeToBe
09-11-2011, 01:53 PM
I would make the dummy round look so distinctive that a loaded round could not be mistaken for it..ever.

This is indeed my great concern as well. I believe my system is good, however I believe that no system is idiot proof. Hence I had my hopes that a round without any primer at all would do the job - that would have been an easy spot that would make me sure that there was no danger present. Even keeping the used primer would be a good system, however even that is not idiot proof enough in my book. I have brought back rounds that would not fire before...