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I have 8 tins of Remington #12 caps,I figure they go on a 1848 or 49 Colt,how far off am I? :idea:
 

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I beleive you are right, I could be wrong.

I have an older 44 Navy that originally had nipples for #12, I switched it to #11 s.
 

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You're way off track.
The No. 12 nipples are made for original and reproduction Colt Walker and Dragoons, the big .44 revolvers that weigh four pounds or so, unloaded.
I think all reproduction Walker and Dragoons made today use No. 11 nipples but in the 1970s when these reproductions were introduced they used the No. 12 nipples, just like the originals.
The No. 12 has a slightly larger inside diameter than the No. 11. On the larger nipples it's a better fit than the No. 11.
I bought a couple tins of Remington No. 12s on a discount table in a sporting goods store years ago. I used caps from one tin for clearing the nipple in my .50-caliber muzzleloading rifle until I wised up.
I kept the other, sealed tin as a collectible.
I've heard that Remington has reintroduced the No. 12 cap but am uncertain about that. I can't imagine there's much demand for it.
And if your repro Walker or Dragoon requires No. 12 caps, then perhaps it's time to change its nipples to use the commonly available No. 11 caps.
If I were you, I'd offer them for sale on the internet. No. 12 caps are not easily found in my experience, someone might pay a good price for them.
 

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I have an older Navy Arms side hammer (mule ear) .36 rifle that took a #12 cap. I jury rigged the nipple to take #11 size by turning it down in my drill press using a file. These days, with the Internet & Track of the Wolf, I can finally get the correct nipple easily.
 

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i had some a long time back. of course they were too loose.
they can be used on a rifle if you pinch 'em
a little bit. i'd just use 'em for practice and sight-in
and such and use the proper #11's (if that's what yours takes)
while hunting.
 

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Thanks for a very interesting post. I hadn't heard #12 caps mentioned in decades, had forgotten all about them, and wasn't aware that there was any current production of them.
 
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