Ballistic Rope Darts
The concept of a ballistic rope dart is relatively simple: the projectile consists of a solid metal core with a length of rope or cord attached to the base. For loading, the rope is wound around the core, so that the windings act as a temporary sabot. After the projectile leaves the barrel, the windings unravel and act as a stabilizing tail. In theory, this makes them ideal for shotgun slugs and potentially other smooth-bore projectiles. In practice, however, I was unable to get them to work as intended. My first experimental roped darts were largely destroyed by wadding failure. In my second attempt, I was able to correct the wadding failure issue, but they still failed to stabilize. Here are the videos I made about my two tests:
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