Originally Posted by Norman McCormick
...but I guess that not having to have percussion caps would be a plus when you can't just pop into the local gunsmith for supplies...
Yes, the idea of not depending from things you can't make yourself. They say that Samuel Colt was resistant to change production of his revolvers from cap & ball to complete cartridges because, down in the prairie, one could always get hold of some lead and cast his own bullets, whereas he couldn't cast his cartridges.
Not so much of an analogy, but i felt like telling this (true) story