I got away from them mostly in the 45s. I shoot them exclusively in my 50 and 54. A few years ago the selection of 40cal bullets for 45x40 sabots was pretty poor. Sabot selection still sucks. You have 3 to choose from and if your bore is larger you are pretty much screwed.GMB, you still use sabots or not?
Not that I shoot that much, but I've never shot anything but .45's in my .50 (with various sabots).
Obviously, I'm giving up some mass there.
Enter sabotless, with the same 45cal bullets you shoot in a 50cal with a sabot. HUGE difference. No wait time for the barrel to cool like you must shooting sabots if you want better accuracy. This is no secret at the inline shooting matches. Not one sabot shooting 45 has be able to compete with the sabotless shooters. Justin with Knight has done ok at some local matches but not on a national level with sabots.
Sabots part 2
Now we got Pittman Accumax, CEB and Fury Custom Bullets StarTip 40cals. Big improvement in quality and construction vs bullets we shot years ago in sabots. Pittman offers a big bump in BC. Fury offers a bonded 40cal in 250gr and good BC increase. CEB offers a 240gr solid copper. Also with a better BC.
But we are still stuck with 3 sabots and they are all rather short for the new longer bullets that will shoot great in a fast twist 45cal ML. About 250gr is close to the most you will get to work in any of them. They were never intended for bullets that long or heavy.
So what CVA is doing now is another $2 a pop plated bullet to compete with what guys have been doing for years in 45cals. I can get a 275gr or 300gr Parker BE for less in bulk but the BC is a tad less. They shoot great in my rifle though. Right around 2100fps without the need for JUMBO loads of BH209. I can get even better bullets for $77ish/50.