Matting the Barrel and Breech together.
The barrel is held horizontally and a strap is wrapped around the breech several times and lifted up and we pushed the breech onto the threads of the barrel as the crane takes up the tension in the nylon strap. The breech rotates back onto the barrel threads till it's all the way on. Then add the key locks back in place to lock the breech from becoming loose.
[Question]What were your experiences with the accuracy of the 175? I've mentioned in previous threads that the guns at Camp Carroll fired in support of us at Khe Sanh but that was, as I was told, near the limit of their range, and atmospheric conditions significantly affected their accuracy. So much so that some fire missions where they could have been very helpful were declined because conditions were not good.
I do know that the 8" howitzer was the most accurate artillery piece the Army had. The 175mm was more like MOA minute of acre.
30' vs, ~100 yards if I remember correctly. But you need to remember the range is much different as well, 175mm almost 18 miles, where as the 8" closer to 12 mile range. The rounds weighed in at 149lbs. vs. 204 lbs. for the 8" howitzer.
The power bag on a 175mm zone three full charge was 49" tall. While the 8" powder bag was only 28" long with being full change 7.
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