Priming tube

a small pipe, filled with a combustible composition for firing cannon.

See also: Priming

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It eliminates the last bottleneck in production speed, getting primers loaded into the priming tube. With this setup 1,000 rounds an hour is no problem.
It features the patented APS system whereby primers are held in plastic strips rather than loaded into a priming tube. There is some concern when feeding primers from a tube that a crushed primer can set off the other primers in the tube.