Dating shotgun shells
A modern wad consists of three parts, the powder wad, the cushion, and the shot cup, which may be separate pieces or be one part.
The powder wad acts as the gas seal (known as obturation), and is placed firmly over the powder; it may be a paper or plastic part.
The cushion comes next, and it is designed to compress under pressure, to act as a shock absorber and minimize the deformation of the shot; it also serves to take up as much space as is needed between the powder wad and the shot.
Cushions are almost universally made of plastic with crumple zones, although for game shooting in areas grazed by farm stock or wildlife biodegradable fibre wads are often preferred.
The shells consist of a paper or plastic tube mounted on a brass base holding a primer.Modern shotgun shells typically consist of a plastic case, with the base covered in a thin brass plated steel covering.As noted previously, paper shells used to be common, and are still made, as are solid brass shells.A rifled barrel will increase the accuracy of sabot slugs, but makes it unsuitable for firing shot, as it imparts a spin to the shot cup, causing the shot cluster to disperse.
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