posted on Sep, 1 2007 @ 04:04 PM
A random thought I had on the subject of survival ammunition...
In a collapse of law and order type situation, would the use of flechettes be advisable? There are some real benefits there, and some obvious
drawbacks - I'm still juggling the pros and cons in my head.
The ballistics of a dart are far superior to a ball bearing in terms of energy delivered on target, but the ball bearing has much greater stability
through light cover (I think). The former wounds better than the latter, and penetrates better, but the latter are easier to cast in quantity
(assuming you have plentiful water).
In a situation where water is at a premium, casting flechettes might be a viable way to pack those .410 shells (further assuming you can get your
hands on a block of steel, a gouge, a heat source, and some solder, nevermind the powder, plastic, primers, etc.).
How much would it suck if your survival depended on a steady supply of mold-release?
I'm thinking something along the lines of old-school grapeshot or a beehive/garbage round. There's enough space, even in the slim cavity of the
.410's, for half a dozen darts of viable weight/diameter/length, and that's a very nasty impact.
Am I way off-base here? Thoughts?