Any truth to the theory that wadcutter bullets got their name from the practice of cutting elongated projectiles/bullets from a lead block using a wad punch years ago or that the name “slug” was derived from hammering required in the same process?
I would place this back in the muzzle loading days when the only alternative was a ball, but the desire for heavier projectiles could not easily be met.
I could imagine the name “slug” also could have some connotation with the old hand swaging dies that required hammering to form the shape.
I have heard these theories mentioned but I have never seen any erudite mention of it in any book.
It seems a quiet time on the forum and I thought it might be a good opportunity to raise it. We use these words, or see them used, a lot but while they are in everyday parlance the origins remain a bit of a mystery