Ok so my Rem700ML started having cap ignition problems. I'd fire the trigger and the hammer would impact the cap, but not enough to fire it. I would recock the bolt and try again and it would fire. I went and bought some new caps thinking my other ones had moisture problems or something. Same results with new caps.
Well on the range I chalked this up to poor cleaning and when I returned home gave it a GOOD cleaning and oiling. I didnt see anything that was causing the bolt to hang up or rob energy from the firing pin. Regardless I went to great effort to prepare my rifle for our ML season (I only get to hunt a single season and its only 7 days long... so every moment counts!). I made sure the bolt was fine, I even cleaned very carefully inside of the firing pin where it strikes the cap to make sure there was nothing to "absorb" shock. I then scrubbed and cleaned around the nipple to make sure caps were seating properly. Satisfied the gun was good to go, I loaded up and headed for the hills and the season opener.
Well the hunt in and of itself is another story but to keep on the subject, I ran into a nice buck about mid season. I had it at 50 yards broadside, I raised my rifle, sure of the shot I squeezed the trigger and was dumfounded to hear "CLICK"! I quickly recocked the bolt just as the deer took off and tried a shot on the run as it ran through the thick brush past a clearing. The gun fired but I goofed up the shot. Frustrated at what should have been a "gimmie" shot, I reloaded (I really pushed the cap on extremely hard with my finger to eliminate the hammer not firing it) and started the verification of hit or miss by looking for sign. There was none and I saw the deer a short time later 500 yards away completely healthy.
About 40 minutes later I ran into a nice but smaller 3x4 broadside at 40 yards which I took a shot at and this time the rifle fired perfectly (perfect hit, deer went 40 yards :)).
At home I cleaned the rifle and really gave it a looking over. I still do not understand the sudden ignition problems. My firing pin spring seems very strong, the firing pin and bolt look very clean with nothing apparent that might be causing the bolt to loose energy striking the cap. I know nipples will bulge over time after being struck repeately by a hammer, causign the cap to not seat on the nipple. I think this is the main problem...
REGARDLESS, I did some research into 209 conversion kits, and learned the Canadian kit carried by Cabelas was highly recommended. So while out there today I found the kit and it looked pretty snazzy so being a good sportsman wanting to spend money on things I may or may not need, I bought it and brought it home
So my question, as I have not used them in ML's, is what 209 primer to use? I have followed threads on problems from the normal 209 shotshell primers being too powerful and people recommend using .410 primers or the new special muzzleloading primers that Remington is making. Is there any real difference between them?
What types of tools are popular to carry 209 primers? I use a T/C capper for caps but want something to aid in getting the 209 down in the small nipple area. Do you use a pick to remove them after or do they extract fairly easily?
I havent installed the kit yet but I hope to soon