This article and video are part a new Black Powder Project here at GunsAmerica.
I met a drop dead genius at SHOT Show of 2017 and interviewed him. He had developed a simple system to reload your .22 LR cartridges, and had even built the molds and all the tools you need, from scratch. This wasn’t some Kickstarter idea. Had had created working kits, and they had been out in the market for some time, unbeknownst to me and pretty much everyone else.
Besides the .22 reloader, this guy Brian had invented a reloading system for Berdan primed brass, and a system to make your own #11 percussion caps. He gave me some samples, but they got thrown in a pile somewhere and I never got around to trying them. We were already headed into year two of the Trump slump in the gun industry, and nobody cared about reloading .22s and Berdan primed brass, or making caps.
Fast forward to 2021, when ammo is scarce, and when you can find it, is three times the normal price. Likewise percussion caps. You now see them around, but at 10 cents a cap, not 3 – 4 cents that they have been historically in years past.
Now, who the heck wouldn’t want to make their own percussion caps?
The premise is to use an aluminum can as the shell material for the cap, and fill the cap with a chemical mixture that makes it go boom.
To make the shell, they provide a die that you slide in the can material, and whack it with a mallet. The cap falls out into your hand.
Then you follow a recipe of 4 powders, using two small scoops sizes. The powders and scoops are called Prime All, and they are used for the rim of rimfire cartridges, as well as these #11 caps.
After you fill your caps with the grey mixture of powders, you drip a drop of acetone or rubbing alchohol to make like a grey mud, then you use a matchstick end to cram it down into the cap.
A day later, you have working percussion caps. And yes, they work awesome. This kit is a nobrainer.
Order it at 22LRReloader.com. $49.95