February 6th, 2017, 06:55 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: eastern Iowa
Originally Posted by Gen Jack Ripper
Anyone remember caseless ammunition?...
A concept that will someday be realized.
Brass cased ammo came into use during the American Civil War. A lot of "modern" military technology came into use at that time. Photography, instant communications (telegraph), air support (the source of the comment "When the balloon goes up" for hydrogen balloons used to spot troup movements - when they went UP it indicated a battle was about to begin), modern submarines (HL Hunley), high speed ground support (steam trains), long range snipers, AND brass cartridge ammunitions.
Caseless ammo in an A-10 Warthog would nearly double the ammo load-out. Not having to eject spend cases from a supersonic jet makes airplane design much simpler and safer.
This steel/nickel stuff? Having been a reloader for 50 years and counting I'll wait to see how it works out. Ammo corrosion is a question that needs long term study before we know if it is good or not.