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Ammunition tumbler

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Loaded cartridges are often covered in processing materials, excess sealant, and tiny chips of metal from cases and bullet jackets. Before inspection and testing, the cases must be cleaned. In a factory setting, it is common to tumble the cases in corn cob with a small amount of solvent. Tumbling live ammunition is not safe in a hobby environment. Factory tumblers are robustly constructed so that accidental firing (caused by the tip of a bullet striking the primer of another cartridge) does not pose a danger to the workers.

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