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    Well let's hope they have enough capital, forethought and risk aversion to invest in an extra large coffee maker at least. Here's to hoping.
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    The guy with a rubber squeegee and a table full of high explosive was the surprise for me. I would have thought adding the priming compound to be a bit more... high tech.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imashooter2 View Post
    The guy with a rubber squeegee and a table full of high explosive was the surprise for me. I would have thought adding the priming compound to be a bit more... high tech.
    .............I know that that is the way Winchester still does it for centerfire primers and I'd bet the others do also. Per Winchester (or I suppose it's Olin) they use a time tested employee (old timer?), for the process. In addition to squeegey-ing out the primer dough, which is inert while still pliant, the good ole Mk1 Mod1 eyeball detector is used to ensure each and every hole in the receiver plate is filled, before the plate is moved over the awaiting cups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckshot View Post
    .............I know that that is the way Winchester still does it for centerfire primers and I'd bet the others do also. Per Winchester (or I suppose it's Olin) they use a time tested employee (old timer?), for the process. In addition to squeegey-ing out the primer dough, which is inert while still pliant, the good ole Mk1 Mod1 eyeball detector is used to ensure each and every hole in the receiver plate is filled, before the plate is moved over the awaiting cups.

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    I understand it is much more difficult to initiate while wet, but that's still a big pile of boom and a not very sophisticated process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rondog View Post
    That may have been it! That is/was a regular TV show, right?

    Do you work for CCI? Do they do tours for us unwashed peons?
    I am a machine setup for CCI in the rimfire priming department.

    I have not seen any regular joes tour the plant... Troy Landry from swamp people toured a few years ago and 22 plinkster (youtube sensation?) toured when this video was filmed. both of these "celebrity's" have sponserships from CCI for promoting our products.

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    Very interesting. Far more complicated than I imagined.
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    Mike_Hiebert - GONRA wonders if the "Latest & Greatest" production lines
    SPIN the priming mix into the hollow rim, OR
    they hold THE NONROTATING CARTRIDGE CASE,
    insert a rotating Tungsten Carbide shaft that spins the mix into the hollow rim?
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    I would think sticking tungsten carbide in a thin brass shell would rip up a lot of cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmort View Post
    Very interesting. Far more complicated than I imagined.
    My thoughts exactly. Very enlightening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GONRA View Post
    Mike_Hiebert - GONRA wonders if the "Latest & Greatest" production lines
    SPIN the priming mix into the hollow rim, OR
    they hold THE NONROTATING CARTRIDGE CASE,
    insert a rotating Tungsten Carbide shaft that spins the mix into the hollow rim?
    Quote Originally Posted by footpetaljones View Post
    I would think sticking tungsten carbide in a thin brass shell would rip up a lot of cases.
    Quote Originally Posted by AK Caster View Post
    My thoughts exactly. Very enlightening.
    Case is held stationary and a spinner throws the priming to the rim of the case, our "latest/greatest" uses carbide tooling that lasts up to a month the rest use heat treated steel tooling that we have to change twice a shift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imashooter2 View Post
    The guy with a rubber squeegee and a table full of high explosive was the surprise for me. I would have thought adding the priming compound to be a bit more... high tech.
    I was told a number of years ago by a guy that toured one of the MFG plants that the difference between run of the mill primers and "match" primers is that they are done usually on a Saturday by the person who has exhibited the most consistent technique with the squeegee. The reward for doing well was Saturday overtime pay.

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    John Boy that was fascinating.....only wonder how many rounds they average making a day.....thanks for sharing....Paul
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mica_Hiebert View Post
    I am a machine setup for CCI in the rimfire priming department.

    I have not seen any regular joes tour the plant... Troy Landry from swamp people toured a few years ago and 22 plinkster (youtube sensation?) toured when this video was filmed. both of these "celebrity's" have sponserships from CCI for promoting our products.


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