"Collectable" 2nd Gen Colt Percussion & #11 Caps
I often shoot an original Colt 1st Model Dragoon (mfg 1849). A #10 percussion cap is harder to slip on than a #11 because the shaft of the nipple is wider than the tip. An 11 is shorter and doesn't go as far up the shaft, so it seats better. CCIs do not work on this gun. Remingtons expand more easily as they go on, and they blast apart much better. As to 2nd generation Colt Dragoons, the nipples are not uniformly sized, so caps are slightly loose on some but won't even fit on others. I am convinced that 2nd generation percussion Colts were never made to be fired. Back in the 70's and 80's they were made solely as a marketing ploy for Colt. Colt made/had them made to sit unfired forever, and spent little time on the bench in the final fitting of these guns. I remember back in the 1980's people thought these things were precious and would climb in value over the years. What a crock! The barrel lug on nearly all of them comes from the factory driven only part way in, and if it was driven in properly (which requires considerable fitting) it would close the headspace and the cylinder would bind up. They usually need a trigger job, headspacing, and nipple sizing If they are going to be fired. The main spring on a 2nd generation 1st Model Dragoon is too light for uniform ignition compared to an original. We shouldn't kid ourselves that 2nd -and 3rd generations of course - are any sort of 'investment'. Advertised prices on these are cow cookies; actual sale prices even in'perfect' unfired unturned condition are just about what they sold for more than 30 years ago. Ubertis made in recent decades were made to be fired, not 'collected', and they left the factory in far more reliable condition than Colts. You might try an Uberti if you want to shoot c&b without doing a lot of work to it first. Or just look for a good shooter grade original Navy or Army for $800 - $1000. Yes, shooters ARE available for that kind of dough.