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.
Removing some of the cotton from his vest he loaded the gun with a powder charge and rammed it down tight with cotton.
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.
The powder charge being placed in the chamber the breech-plug is now swung-to and turned till it locks close.
I fired a pistol at him, but missed him, and then I was ramming a powder charge down the long barrel of the rifle.
C is the powder charge in barrel A, and H is the dynamite shell in barrel G.