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wad

1
a small mass or ball of fibrous or soft material, such as cotton wool, used esp for packing or stuffing

wad

2
a soft dark earthy amorphous material consisting of decomposed manganese minerals: occurs in damp marshy areas

wad

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(mineralogy)
A massive, generally soft, amorphous, earthy, dark-brown or black mineral composed principally of manganese oxides with some other minerals, and formed by decomposition of manganese minerals. Also known as black ocher; bog manganese; earthy manganese.
(ordnance)
A felt or cardboard pad used to secure the propellant in place in cartridges. Also known as wadding.
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The SilencerCo Salvo utilizes a nine-rail system, visible here, to guide the wad column through the body of the suppressor.
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The first is the use of a full-length plastic wad, and the second is large shot.
For light loads, old-fashioned card wads can be used as filler to take up space in the shot cup.
At 15', (left) the slug and three buckshot formed a centered group of 3-1/2" with the wads flying out into the 9 ring.
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Despite switching the wads in the top two reloads, and despite switching both the wad and primer in the bottom recipe, the reload itself remained within the safe pressure parameters set by SAAMI, namely, a maximum average working pressure of 10,500 l.
The secret is in the wad, and here's how it works while keeping pressures within SAAMI limits.
A newly designed Xelerator wad features a unique ignition chamber to allow higher velocity with safe pressures in the barrel.
Another option a big winner can choose is to accept a single check instead of wads of cash.
Essentially, the wads to employ with these 7/8-ounce 12-gauge reloads are 1-ounce wads or certain others that fill plenty of space.