TankNutDave's Armour Discussion Forums

Welcome to TankNutDave's Forums where Armour enthusiasts from all over the world can come to discuss and chat about Tanks and other Armoured vehicles !


    Smoothbore Vs Rifled

    Share

    Poll

    Smoothbore Vs Rifled

    [ 0 ]
    0% [0%] 
    [ 3 ]
    100% [100%] 

    Total Votes: 3

    Smoothbore Vs Rifled

    Post  2ndTankie on Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:12 pm

    One rivalry that has been fought from the very evolution of the gun. Simple muzzle loaded muskets evolved into deadly accurate rifles. this process has been adopted by some and snubbed by others. By the time Tanks where first used at the battle of the Somme in 1916 The British Mk1's had Rifled 6 Pounder Guns.

    The Majority of the worlds MBT's now incorporate smoothbore. Most commonly is the German Rheinmetall 120 mm L44 smoothbore gun and its licence built derivatives fitted to such tanks as these;

    *Israeli Merkava Mk3/4
    *ROKA K1-A1
    *Japanese Type 90
    *American M1-A1/A2
    *German Leopard 2 A4 & A5 and exported variants
    *Switzerland's Pz 87

    Only The United Kingdom and India produce a Rifled gun of the L44/55 Caliber. Greater Accuracy is achieved however limiting muzzle velocity which is key in Kinetic energy perpetrators. Smoothbore ammunition has evolved leaps and bounds in the past two decades and it is now almost as accurate as a rifled barrel. Its downside?... No HESH. Vote and explain your choice over which barrel victors.
    avatar
    Bisley_Bob
    Staff Sergeant
    Staff Sergeant

    Re: Smoothbore Vs Rifled

    Post  Bisley_Bob on Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:09 am

    For those who don't know the difference between HEAT (Smoothbore) and HESH (Rifled) rounds then here are links to the wikis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Explosive_Anti_Tank and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HESH
    It seems to me that HESH is more useful, you've got more damage to structures than a HEAT round, not quite sure on the difference between how a 120mm HEAT and HESH can take out a tank though, although everyone uses FIN rounds for that anyway.
    To me the downside of rifles barrels is that they do wear out faster so have a higher maintenance cost, but hey, if you want the best gear you have to pay extra, something our Liar.bour govt. doesn't understand!

      Current date/time is Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:06 pm