So I read the post that suggested shooting at primer caps and thought Great Idea!
A few dollars later after a trip to the big box store and I had two boxes of caps.
Five days later I was off work and ready to try them out. I learned that hey fall out of their tray very easily so keep em level
Drilled two test hole Ό and 516. They sit flush with the ring seated on the top of the board with Ό. They drop into the hole with a 516
Set the Drill Press at a depth that would allow the cap to sit flush and have about Ό additional depth to the hole
Mounted some angle brackets to the boards to mount them into one of my shooting boxes and onto the shelf I have mounted in the tree
I drilled plenty of holes with leaving some space in between to take the board splintering as well as poor shots into consideration
Used super glue stick to hold the caps in and give them some grip for resistance to falling out when the board is hit as well as when a close cap goes off
Mounted in the box and onto the shelf. Box was aprx 12 yards and the shelf added another 7 yards placed @ about 19 yards
Set my partner up with his MountainAir 20 cal custom
and I grabbed the TX
Took only a few sight in shots and BAM! Got the first cap. Nice bang and nice visual. Definitely worth the effort : )
My son zeroed in after only one shot and popped five in a row! Boo-Yah, now that is some MountainAir accuracy!
Then it happened the too close to home ricochet. Hit the garage door next to us with authority. With implication of force. With a message. It was the casing from the cap coming back @ us!
Like a little bullet with a purpose. A well timed reminder about the danger of what we were doing and just how serious it was. It was something that I had not considered. We wear eye wear and maintain what I feel is a good distance, but this was too close to home. I later read the original post and found these comments:
You might want to be careful.... January 25 2008, 6:49 PM
209 primers are known to shoot both caps and anvils out under the right conditions, kind of a short barreled gun. A hit on the side could send little bits up range at high speeds.
You could shoot your eye out!
Be Careful January 25 2008, 6:57 PM
When I was a kid, I used to shoot 209 primers with a Crosman 760 at 25 feet.
I had a cap come back and become embedded in my upper inside thigh. Missed the babymaker by about an inch. Now that would have been a bad day.
The cap had enough power to fly 25 feet, go through my jeans and bury itself in my leg.
<>< Think Straight Shoot Straight
Yup, that's how it (sometimes) happens..... January 25 2008, 10:53 PM
Bummer is, no 'take overs'.
Primer compound is a true explosive, dangerous stuff really. Not much of it, but sometimes geometry and chance can work against you.
Re: Be Careful January 26 2008, 11:41 AM
Did see something go zinging off a high rate of speed, fortunately at an angle to me. Glad the 'ol baby maker was able to dodge that bullet.
Yipes!!! January 26 2008, 7:21 PM
That should be enough to get you to stop by church next time you're in the neighborhood.
For sure shooting at 209s is non a safe practice. Fun, perhaps, but then so is seeing out of both eyes......
Primers can be touchy January 25 2008, 8:05 PM
Most reloaders use eye protection and handle them with care. If they can blow out chunks of wood, well, you ain't as tough as that pine board.
Perhaps that is what happens when you only visit the forum every few days or so. We had the close call and then I adjusted the angle of the shooting box to fire the bounce backs into the ground. This worked well because our range has a down hill angle that is hard to see in the pics. It put us behind an earth bunker if you will. Fired a test shot and we were back in business.
Got the LD and took out a few more caps
Check it out through the scope
This was an excellent example of seeing what we thought was a good idea and taking it a bit too fast. These caps are serious business and I have posted this material only as an example of what happened not what I suggest you do. Use this information as you will. Any use of primer caps falls under the warning labels that are on the packages.
Praise GOD for our safety and for our toys.