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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

[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.
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Modern plastic wads are convenient to use, and they work fine with heavy turkey loads in the Knight and T/C in-line muzzleloaders.
With the support of Kurt Fackler, CEO of Ballistic Products, l tried a variety of their card wads, felt wads, shot cups, gas seals, air wedges and fiber filler wads.
We viewed a payload of shot moving out of a wad stop style choke such as Pattern Master, Dead Ringer and others.
The resulting "turkey head" patterns produced by the new wad are remarkably dense, giving super tight turkey choke patterns from even regular full chokes.
The compression formed case without a separate base wad was so strong that it was experimentally loaded up to pressures of 60,000 to 65,000 psi before it failed.
As seen in the accompanying picture, the loading kit consists of a miniature loading press that resembles those used by benchrest shooters; a shot and powder scoop; a' decapping pin; a wad punch; and five Mini-Shells.
John Walters offers these wads in a variety of thicknesses, but the most common choice is .
The "stuck wad" phenomenon is sufficiently common that there have been a number of excellent tools designed to clear obstructing wad columns.
Breaking down a bismuth shell, you will find no buffers and simply a straightforward Gualandi wad from Italy.
Loading data for the "Stump" or "Stretch" wads is supplied upon request.
In practice, just line up a number of AA12SL wads on your reloading bench, insert the filler wads in the shotcup, and assemble the load as normal in your press.
But within a short amount of time the WADS began providing critical communications relay between the Texas Emergency Operations Center, rescue coordination centers, joint terminal air controllers and the U.