I have a question for anyone that has used 50 BMG x 30 caliber sabots. I recently purchased almost a thousand sabots from a member here, thank you for the extremely fast mailing /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif My question involves whether these things stay attached to the 30 caliber bullet all the way to the target, or if they separate? Since I am re-machining them for use in my .458 I have the opportunity to make changes and wonder how they work in general. My initial inspection of these are that they are not engineered for easy separation. 1) The petals do not seem to be split far enough to the base to ensure that all petal shear cleanly and at the same point in relation to the bullet. 2)The 0.308 diameter is grossly tapered at the base. It actually does not reach 0.308 for about .300 from the base of the bullet. I imagine that upon firing the bullet will be somewhat swaged into the base taper making separation inconsistent. 3) The petal thickness varies by as much as 0.005 making run-out an issue. Has anyone that shoots these ever recovered any. If so do the petals shear cleanly and at the same point relative to the bullet? Any replies will be greatly appreciated. I have machined about a dozen and hope to test them this weekend. If i get a chance I will post a picture tonight or later. edge.