Barrel twist with sabots

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by yorke-1, Oct 14, 2019.


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  1. yorke-1

    yorke-1 Well-Known Member

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    What are the thoughts on the proper barrel twist for a bullet in a sabot? Would the proper twist be based on the diameter of the loaded sabot, or the diameter of the bullet itself? That makes a big difference! This pretty much pertains to muzzle loaders, but the same would apply for any sabot round I suppose.

    I got to thinking about this while shopping for a new muzzleloader. I'm going to end up with a Knight .52 DE so I can use either .458 rifle bullets or .475 pistol bullets and I was just thinking about which bullets would actually stabilize in the 1-26" twist. I have a pile of different bullets in both diameters to test so I'll find out when I have more time after hunting season. I just thought this could make for an interesting discussion here.