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ConnorSwift #21 Posted Oct 25 2012 - 16:29

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if you're using the PzIV derp 105mm, just stick with HE rounds and get right up in the enmies face and fuck them up. :-)  I've hurt many an enemy that way, and killed quite a few too!

ReserveB #22 Posted Oct 30 2012 - 18:15

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View PostCrex, on Oct 25 2012 - 16:16, said:

I don't think that the holes you made with previous rounds reduce the armor in that area to 0... but it's certainly worth testing.   You'd need a very accurate gun to hit the same spot twice without getting so close that the round would penetrate anyway, though.

Best way is probably to grab a very heavy tank, another tank that can pen the first one, and a third that cannot ever pen the first tank.  Have Tank B punch a hole in Tank A's armor, then see if Tank C can pen there.

I was thinking about this a little differently.  My thought was: "would a hole made by a previous pen create a weakspot in armor for HE".  HE, supposedly, spreads out from where it impacts and if there is a weak spot, it will do damage there, so is a hole a weak spot?

Crex #23 Posted Nov 01 2012 - 20:27

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ConnorSwift, on Oct 25 2012 - 16:29, said:

if you're using the PzIV derp 105mm, just stick with HE rounds and get right up in the enmies face and fuck them up. :-)  I've hurt many an enemy that way, and killed quite a few too!

I've done a lot of testing with this, and I still can't decide what the best option is.  I load 21 AP and 21 HE these days, and shoot mostly AP unless a special situation presents itself.  I've had pretty good luck with it, so long as I'm not firing into something's frontal armor.

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pacinothedog #24 Posted Nov 02 2012 - 23:33

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Buy only HE when the AP pen is hardly any better.

ComradeHX #25 Posted Nov 02 2012 - 23:46

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When you have 152mm HE against side armour of most French medium/heavy tanks, fun things happen.





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