posted on Jul, 24 2005 @ 12:18 AM
Taishyou, for your future responses (just trying to help you with better firearm knowledge):
CARTRIDGE: The entire assembly of bullet/case/powder/primer. Also called a "round".
BULLET: The projectile, and only part of the cartridge that is sent downrange.
CASE: Made of drawn brass alloy, or very mild steel (and some limited range military training ammunition that is made of plastic). It contains the
powder/primer/bullet before firing. When empty, it is still just called the case (savvy shooters refer to it as "empty brass", "brass", or
PRIMER: Set into the base, or head, of the case. It is pressure sensitive, and is detonated by the central impact of the firing pin. Flame from the
primer's chemical compounds passes through a hole (called the flash-hole) and into the case.
POWDER: Made of various recipes of chemical compounds. It primarily consists of a nitro-cellulose base ("guncotton") combined with other compounds
to limit burn rate and flash levels (usually with graphite, which gives modern smokeless powder its black coloring).
Take this info, and wow'em with your next firearms post
PS: no offense intended buddy! Just a pet peeve of mine, to see skewed info about weapons.