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powder charge

propellant (def 2).
Origin of powder charge
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The tube went into the vent of the cannon and buried its tip in the powder charge.

  • The measuring of the powder charge is the most important detail in reloading ammunition.

    Pistol and Revolver Shooting A. L. A. Himmelwright
  • Removing some of the cotton from his vest he loaded the gun with a powder charge and rammed it down tight with cotton.

    The Spirit Lake Massacre Thomas Teakle
  • To the layman, it may seem strange that the shell was never loaded with the fuze toward the powder charge of the gun.

  • The gun was self-priming and self-cocking; the powder charge was enclosed in a copper case.

  • After the powder charge was in the gun with a dry wad in front of it, another wad of wet straw, or clay, was put into the barrel.

  • “I suppose because the metal was unable to withstand the strain of the powder charge,” said the Captain.

    Bob Strong's Holidays John Conroy Hutcheson
  • The powder charge being placed in the chamber the breech-plug is now swung-to and turned till it locks close.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • I fired a pistol at him, but missed him, and then I was ramming a powder charge down the long barrel of the rifle.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • C is the powder charge in barrel A, and H is the dynamite shell in barrel G.

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