posted on Jun, 1 2009 @ 04:40 PM
Canister shot won't work well from a rifled gun either. The canister will have an imparted spin from the rifling. When the canister breaks open, the
shot will retain the angular momentum, and proceed to spread far faster than the pattern from a conventional shotgun shell. The result will be a very
wide pattern, but a very thinly-populated one, in terms of shots per square foot of beaten zone.
As someone pointed out above, you'd be better off to simply strafe a .50 cal or 20mm (or better yet, a 30mm Bushmaster II) over the same area. The
result would be more lethal to the target, cheaper (no need to develop, test, and manufacture a new type of round), and easier on the logistical side
of things (New types of main gun ammo = fewer rounds of each type in an already crowded magazine, more items to track through inventory, and more
updates to the fire-control software). If the hostile targets are too large to be threatened by machine gun / light cannon fire, the odds are good
that they'd require the use of HE rounds from the main guns in any case.