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All ammunition assembly requires

  • priming the cartridge case (except rimfire - already primed ahead of time),
  • charging the cartridge case with propellant,
  • inserting the bullet or shot/wad charge,
  • crimping and/or sealing,
  • testing and inspection.

The cartridge assembly process depends on the cartridge class (rimfire, centerfire, and shotshell) and the type of machinery used.

Click here to watch a video on assembly of cartridges provided by Federal Cartridge Company.

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