12ga. round w/ .50 cal. Beowulf Sabot - Utter Failure

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We did some test loads using Lehigh .50 cal., 350 grn. brass bullets and some RRS (sabots). Based on our past tests using these sabots, I didn't think we'd have any issues. But the whole set up was a mess. The problem wasn't from shortening the sabot fingers, but an inherently weak support using the RSS with this weight of bullet. The faster burning powder just added to the mess.

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Blimey. You know that something is terribly wrong with a round, if Danny (who, I recall, once shot an edge-on sword blade) misses the lead plate, not once, but every time. Never thought I'd see that. The slo-mo is interesting; all the wadding and sabot out in front, and then, rather reluctantly, comes the slug, pootling along at the back. I reckon some of them were recoverable, as they just seemed to fall by the roadside. Very odd.

Author — brianartillery

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In ballistics there are no failures, just something like that 😁 Great idea though Jeff!

Author — Kratos_God_of_50_BMG

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If this is what happens in Danny's
hands, there's no hope for it!

Author — 20alphabet

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This is what you call "non lethal" ammo :) It has to be shot out of little tony to perform :)

Author — ArtisanTony

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even though the .22lr is much smaller it is also much sneakier :)

Author — ArtisanTony

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Well. That was interesting even though it didn't work out the way we would have liked. BTW that looked more like 9 yards 😱😂😂

Author — Buffalo's Outdoors

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Nothing like 30 grains of good ol' longshot

Author — Phoenix 88

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Epic failure on the 50 cal slug but I'm really impressed how good your storytelling is getting... great job!

Author — cybermavrik

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And someone would try this and be scratching his head as to why it didn't work. Well, thanks to Jeff and the Superfriends, we have the reason why the special hunting reloads just didn't work. Or, as a survival "that's all you have left" situation, and for the mythbuster crowd, there's no "probable", there is only a failure. Glad you guys take the time and show that not everything works just because it goes boom and has a bigger bullet.

Author — Nothing Fancy Just Us

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Might I suggest modifying the sabot to accommodate the diameter of the the projectile, and perhaps test different powder loads.

Author — Lygo Shadow

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A very interesting video, can you imagine the pressure it takes to push the wad over the bullet in a confined space, mind boggling, thank you for another great video.

Author — Malc Tulloch

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That's why I love this channel, you show the bad along with the good so people can learn from your mistakes. That's awesome, thank you.🇺🇸🤘

Author — Blacktoothgrin

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Always good to see people willing to submit failures. I never learn much from my successes, anyways.

Author — The Walking Crow

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This is just as fascinating as the success videos. Its wonderful to see how delicate a balance firearms are.

Author — Nicholas Stevens

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Nice tumbling great that you did post a failed test to did not expect that but good even if it only hit wood.

Author — J Attitude

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That old guy (OG) can't hit nothing 😂😂😂😂😂. 🇺🇸😎

Author — Danny AKA Triker Red

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Man, I bet that's frustrating as hell. I know there's issues with the backing but, match the slug to the gun: The faster the slug, the faster the rifling twist you need to stabilize it. Slugs in the 1200- to 1500-fps range work best from a slower twist rate such as 1 in 34 inches. Faster 1900- to 2000-fps slugs perform better through a 1-in-30 barrel. Most BW twists are 1-20 . With bullets that are designed to be stabilized of course.
Not sure the twist Dan's shotty?
Hopefully this helps in development. Thanks for another cool vid!

Author — 2Timothy3

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I had to LOL at the last shot velocity figures! Would be interesting to see again with slower powder. Thanks guys!

Author — Ken Helmers

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Jeff, look up everything written by Ed Hubel on the 12ga from Hell.
He experiments with super high power loads but the data he has is useful when it comes to slow powders in shotguns.
Using his information I use IMR 3031 in slug loads because it kicks less for the same velocity.
Not Recommended for Super Light Barrels, they are to thin at the muzzle. Works fine in a Weatherby 459.

Author — John Parrish

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Like I said over on Elemental Maker's channel, I like seeing the fail videos. Everybody has fails once in a while, but very few ever get around to that part when they tell the story later on. Lmao. But I still like seeing them, often they're more informative than the success videos. And always as entertaining to watch.

Author — Thor