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Old 03-06-2009, 04:34 AM   #1
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I'm doing an investigation into an old unsolved murder and I wonder if anyone here can help me with something. If you use a sabot, will there be rifling marks left on the bullet? As I understand it, a sabot protects the bullet from contact with the inside of the barrel so no rifling marks are left. If you could send me a message at mahicanman@yahoo.com I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.



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Old 03-06-2009, 05:35 AM   #2
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I'm doing an investigation into an old unsolved murder and I wonder if anyone here can help me with something. If you use a sabot, will there be rifling marks left on the bullet? As I understand it, a sabot protects the bullet from contact with the inside of the barrel so no rifling marks are left. If you could send me a message at mahicanman@yahoo.com I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
WELCOME Zogg0230, to the FTF.

Is the subject weapon a rifled barrel gun or a smooth bore shotgun?

Physics dictate that a signature may be 'stamped' on the projectile.

Get your 'expert' witness' lined up and cash-up for the forensics!


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There will not be rifling marks in he same sense as a full caliber projectile will have. Depending on the composition of the sabot, composition of the sub caliber bullet, and degree of tightnes of the two in comparison to the barrel, there may be marks that can be identified just not rifling marks.

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There will not be rifling marks in he same sense as a full caliber projectile will have. Depending on the composition of the sabot, composition of the sub caliber bullet, and degree of tightnes of the two in comparison to the barrel, there may be marks that can be identified just not rifling marks.
There ya go, a pro with experience and knowledge. Actually, I think both Cane and Robo can now ask for a consulting fee.

You could give a little more details, Zogg. I picture the firearm as a rifled shotgun or rifled muzzleloader.

Welcome, by the way.
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