Thompson Center Sabots


September 27, 2009, 09:33 PM
What is the difference between the 50 caliber sabots that TC sells? To me, they all look the same, but have different colored plastic holders/carriers. What's the difference?

Looking for what will work best in my TC Triumph........

Also, what powder will work best? Looking at the Blackhorn powder........

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September 27, 2009, 09:37 PM
Diffrent bullet weights sometimes have a diffrent colored sabot. Also the super glide bullets have a blue skirt. The shockwaves generally have a black skirt when it comes to T/C bullets. My Encore loves the 250 grain super glides when charged with 110 grains of 777 and a win primer.

September 27, 2009, 09:54 PM
different colors of sabots also differentiate between:

outside diameter of sabot, inside diameter where projectile goes

chamber pressure/powder charge maker recommeds for each. and velocity.

on velocity i always see the high speed sabots used to be all green, adn the high pressure magnum sabots as black.

September 27, 2009, 10:09 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if MMP makes them for TC.
Some of the specific details about different sabots are listed:

Harvester makes crush rib sabots which are supposed to load easier than some of the solid ones:

September 30, 2009, 09:36 PM
Ok, lets clear something up here...

All TC Shockwave Slickload Sabots have a yellow cup. The plastic is much smoother feeling and easier to load.

All other TC Shockwaves can use a blue or black cup. They are not the same plastic as the Slickloads.

Look carefully at the boxes when you buy because the 200gr, 250gr, 300gr...can all use the same color cups. I have all three weights in both blue and black cups.

OME, the Slickloads shoot tighter groups by about .5" at 100 yards (from four different rifles) and you get about 25-50fps higher velocity with them too.


September 30, 2009, 10:30 PM
My experience with yellow tip "shockwaves" aka Hornady SST in a Triumph have been with 250gr only. The yellow sabots have,as Tango said, grouped a little better than the black sabots.
It's also been my experience that the red sabots & red tipped Hornadys ( labeled Hornady ) shoot the same and are a bit less expensive.
Your wording suggests ( to me) that you're reffering to the bullet as the sabot, and if so, I've also experienced better accuracy from the yellow tipped Hornadys than the blue tipped Barnes.

October 2, 2009, 01:18 PM
The T/C Shockwaves are I believe made by Hornady. At least that is what I have heard. As to the differences, read on the packages. The colors usually indicate a different type of bullet. I know my dad shoots a T/C sabot that is bonded while others I have seen are not bonded.

October 2, 2009, 08:44 PM
The bullet is a Hornady SST. The sabot cups are not the same as the ones Hornady uses, but there is very little difference.

I usually wait until WM puts their black powder stuff on clearance to buy my black powder stuff. I was paying $3 per box for the TC Shockwaves and $8 for 777 pellets last year. Hope this year is the same.


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