slaterat wrote:So the 14/45 has a range of 39,0000 yds , or about 13,000 yards farther than the longest hit ever made by a BB on a moving target in combat. I think we can all agree that the Rodney has no effective real world advantage in gun range.
KGV: 38600y with new gun and 36500y with 25% worn-gun.
Rodney: up to 42000y with new gun
The advantage in maximum range remains in cases of shorter ranges, due to the better angle of incidence, producing a larger number of probable hits on the target (faster m-v gun produces more hits per target).
Improvements made in the KGV vs Rodney
-The KGV has the advantage in number of heavy guns, bursting charge delivered per salvo, and accuracy
-5 knot speed advantage
-Thicker external main belt made of higher quality armour, covering a larger area protecting well below the waterline
-superb magazine protection
Vulnerabilities of the Rodney
-main armament concentrated in one area
-magazines vulnerable to low hits under the belt
-rapid wearing barrels, poor dispersion, mismatched barrels
Advantages of Rodney over KGV:
- thicker armor in turrets and barbettes
- armored con tower
- better reliability of turrets and guns (allthough jams did occur, they wre not that spectacular as tthose of Prince of Wales and King George Vth, at least in 1941)
- massively more powerfull projectiles and penetration per range, giving higher probability of massive damage per hit.