Definitions for "Shotshell"
Keywords:  shotgun, wad, primer, ammunition, brass
The ammunition fired by shotguns, consisting of five components: The case, primer, powder charge, wad, and shot.
A cartridge for a shotgun which contains the powder, primer, shot and the wad used to contain the shot. Modern shells are made from plastic with a brass base, with older shells made of a brass base and paper.
The fixed ammunition for a shotgun composed of a brass head, a plastic or paper shell, a primer, powder or propellant, a measure of shot, and various wads or thin card-like discs over the shot, under the shot and over the powder. A combination wad made of plastic is used in many modern shotshells to act as a spacer, shot protector and over powder wad.