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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
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wad

[wäd]
(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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The process of reloading a shotgun shell consists of pressing out the spent primer, sizing the metal head and plastic hull back to the original size, then recharging the hull with a new primer and propellant, inserting a wad, shot or sabot and projectile and crimping the round to return it to the original overall length.
Unlike the original Flitecontrol wad that had scoop-like openings on the sides of the shot cup to further slow the wad at time of separation, Flex has longitudinal slits that allows the pressure built up from the resistance of the air within the shot cup to dissipate.
Any type of wads or filler (such as cereal or pillow stuffing) will prevent the possibility of a ring as, when the filler wads or other material are added, that displaces the air.
Because of the location and lack of surrounding land access, the root wads cannot currently be removed, deputies said.
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"With their arrest (WADS members), we are now looking for their bosses (referring to African leaders) and their other colleagues," said Maranan.
Once the charge has been placed in the chamber, I push an Ox-Yoke lubed wad into the front of the chamber by hand.
While maintaining a large group of Wads to be shared by a large group of patrons is challenging, it is also possible with the right tools.
Ibi, Spain, January 11, 2012 --(PR.com)-- When a shot is fired, of all the cartridge components being discharged from the gun, the cartridge wad lasts longest in the environment.
All ammunition companies eventually started loading shotshells with one-piece plastic wads, and while they have differed in color and shape through the decades, all work and perform the same.
Wads of gum we snip from hair, petrified graham crackers we find under cushions of the couch, remind us that our children have more than enough to eat.