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Old 12-14-2003, 07:50 PM
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Re: Long Range Muzzleloader

Well, a BMG is not actually .500, it's a little bigger than that (.508 or .510?). Nevertheless, last year I got ahold of some sabots and used a file and drill to take them down to .500. Yes, without the soft gas seal base the sabot was tough to make fit down the barrel without making it under-sized. I used the shortest .308 spitzer I could find, poly tip, to maximize the chance I could get it stabilized with 1-28". I fired 5 at 20 yards at a 3' square piece of plywood. Only two hit, both completely sideways.
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Old 12-14-2003, 08:26 PM
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Gotta say something here about the labor you spent on that. Whatever twist is required to stabilize a bullet fired in an appropriate bore size will also be required in a sabot application assuming similar velocity. There's no way around that, no black magic from sabots. Your dedication and curiosity is noteworthy but the result of your experiment predictable.
In general terms I doubt any of the conventional jacketed spitzer or boat tail bullets can be stabilized in a sabot ML configuration. Their intended application is in rifles with twist rates 2-3 times faster than most ML's intended for conicals.
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Old 12-16-2003, 11:12 AM
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Yeah, I was not surprised, but I had the time and curiousity got the better of me. I ran the numbers and with that particular bullet they said no but closer than I thought it might be so I tried it...
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