Originally Posted by 3fingervic
Excuse my ignorance, but wouldn't those speeds be tough on a barrel? Also, would the twists needed be different?
It's not a bad question.
First the problem is that the plastic does not engrave well so the rifling does not matter much
but your point is well taken. Maybe with a much slower twist rate they may shoot better but
most rifles are have twist rates for normal bullets and It would not make much sense to build
a rifle arround a single type of projectile because if it did not work you would be stuck with a
rifle that would probably not shoot with any of the normal bullets.
Also when I tested the sabots I found some of them 50 to 75 yards down range others 10 to
20 yards away indicating that they were not opening at the muzzle every time and if they
stay with the bullet very long they will surely effect accuracy.
On the really large muzzle loaders they work well up to 2 to 3 hundred because these bullets are very heavy and travel at low velocities.(But they are still short range bullets in my opinion.
The sabots will also coat your barrel with a film of plastic, It can be removed with special
solvents that are used on shot guns that shoot plastic shot cups. It will not harm your barrel
even with the hyper velocities.
The military uses sabots with good success because the projectile is very very large and the
sabots are in 4 or more pieces and the project has fins to rotate and stabilize it.
As I stated earlier they work well for pistols because they are short range,low velocity,lower momentum (Won't penetrate as well as other bullets) and have less recoil for quick follow
As I said ; Buy a box for your favorite rifle and try them at 400yards+ and the answer will
be in the accuracy.
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