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Dark Water
07-16-2008, 11:18 PM
Someone enlighten me please. What is a Sabot slug?

bladerunner747
07-17-2008, 12:18 AM
I believe is known as submunition. A smaller caliber than your regular projectile in artillery.
Ready to be corrected because I have never seen this in light weapons.

tunder
07-17-2008, 1:00 AM
A sabot slug is a bullet held in a formed cup.The cup is bore sized and the bullet or slug is held in the cup by the shotshell hull. This allows for a somewhat lighter bullet/slug at higher velocity with better downrange ballistics and improved accuracy, particularly in a rifled slug barrel. And since the lead doesn't touch the inside of the barrel, there's no leading.

This shows what happens when you shoot one.
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2008/01/04/remington-accutip-bonded-sabot-slug/

Sabots are also used extensively in muzzle loaders.

Remington carried a sabot load for 30.30WCF and 30.06 loaded with,I think 55gr. .224 cal soft points.

randy
07-17-2008, 1:09 AM
It's alot more money than a rifled slug. I think you need a rifled barrel to take advantage of it. Other wise it doesn't have any way to stabilize.

Fjold
07-17-2008, 5:52 AM
http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0geu9heTn9I2BkB5j5XNyoA?ei=UTF-8&p=sabot%20slug&fr2=tab-web&fr=yfp-t-501

sloguy
07-17-2008, 6:44 AM
Remington carried a sabot load for 30.30WCF and 30.06 loaded with,I think 55gr. .224 cal soft points.

and 308 if im not mistaken. they called them "accelerator". wonderful ammo. takes the 55 grain 223 bullet up to 4080 feet per second. makes a vicious mess of water jugs. i once shot a 1/4 inch group at 50 yards with them out of my old remington 721 chambered in 30-06. they are as accurate as the rifle they are fired from, no worse, no better. ive heard of people getting 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards with them.

the original accelerators were collectable a few years ago, selling for 5 bucks a cartridge or more( i saw 6.50 once on one of the auction sites, people were buying them).

i have one full box and one partial( im dumb, i bring em out to show new shooters how fun they are and sometimes let em vaporize a gallon of water with one). i dont think they are worth as much nowdays since remington started making them again.

back to original question. sabot is just a covering that falls away after firing. a "shell" that sheds away. in small stuff its a cup with petals. in large stuff its multiple pieces(like in a tanks main gun)

sloguy
07-17-2008, 6:46 AM
http://www.loadammo.com/Topics/March02.htm

pictures and things.

Librarian
07-17-2008, 9:20 AM
'sabot' is French for a wooden shoe (the Dutch don't have a monopoly on those - they're worn by folks who work in damp conditions); it's the root for sabotage, since at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, supposedly workers would drop their sabots into the machines to stop or break them.

Tank version of sabot round (http://science.howstuffworks.com/m1-tank3.htm).

Termagant
07-17-2008, 2:01 PM
'sabot' is French for a wooden shoe; it's the root for sabotage, since at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, supposedly workers would drop their sabots into the machines to stop or break them.

Yay! I thought I was the only one who had visions of shotshells loaded each with a tiny wooden shoe...

"The Engines of Mischief were sentenced to die/
By unanimous vote of the Trade"...
(about General Ludd, the apocryphal and eponymous hero of the anti- industrial revolution sabotage movement, the Luddites)

UBFRAGD
07-17-2008, 3:02 PM
Do it!! Hornady's 12ga 300gr SST slug is a blast!! It's just silly on gallons of water!!

2000fps +2.7"@100yrds, 0"@150yrds

Forget about a SOCOM 458. Load a ten-round 870 with these, it's a hurtin'!!