Posted by Marcus on February 03, 2001
In Reply to: Shot his wad posted by Harry Brassen on February 02, 2001
: need to know origin of this expression. Think it might be from the civil war period. Thanks.
: im going out on a limb here, but I think it refers to muzzle loading rifles and how in the heat of battle as one is reloading, it was common to forget to drop a ball down the barrel before packing the wadding in. hence a wasted shot.