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 Posted: Thu Jul 21st, 2011 12:13 pm
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I think you are pretty much correct Hellcat. According to the Timelife Echos of Glory series the James shells had a lead sabot: "When the shell was fired gases entered the projectiles base, passed through its ribs, and expanded a lead sabot into the barrel's rifling, which made the shell rotate." I doubt that the sabot was meant to separate after firing. If I remember right, I think the sabot looked like little fins that popped out of the ribs. However, the same book has a picture of a Schenkl Shell which apparently had a paper mache' sabot that burned up as the shell left the gun. Of course, this shell was particularly sensitive to water damage and thus not terribly useful, but it seems to be an interesting experiment to me.

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