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I believe I was told on a visit to Gettysburg in 1986 that triple canister had been used at one point in the battle. I am thinking that this was at the Devil's Den.
So the third round was actually protruding from the barrel.
Varlaam (talk) 06:30, 26 March 2012 (UTC) (Toronto)
I am not a contributor to Wiki but as an ex gunner (red-leg), may I note the difference between "canister" and "case". The former is similar to a shotgun shell - a series of spheres contained within a light cover. This allows the simple storage, carriage and then loading of the projectile which on firing spreads out in front of the muzzle in the same way as the shotgun does. Case shot on the other hand is a shell of iron with spheres inside plus a bursting charge. This is a significant difference. Canister cannot be used with own troops in front - case (or Shrapnel shells) remain solid until the fuze ignites at a predetermined time. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 02:02, 14 September 2012 (UTC)
Wasn't "sangrenel" a common 18th and 19th century term for improvised canister shot, often made using nails, stones, or whatever bits of scrap metal were available, to be fired from a smoothbore muzzleloading artillery piece? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 16:56, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
I came to the article hoping to find information about the angle of spread of canister shot. Does the canister disintegrate in the barrel, so that the shot spreads from the muzzle, or is it constrained by the canister for some distance? Cyclopaedic (talk) 10:45, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
- The answer, according to experimental data on other sites, seems to be a spread of 1:10, or about 6°, but I don't have a reliable source to insert it in the article. Cyclopaedic (talk) 15:34, 24 May 2014 (UTC)
Canister and case
The article starts off saying that canister and case are different, but often confused, and then at the end confuses them and says they are names for the same thing! Cyclopaedic (talk) 10:57, 15 March 2017 (UTC)
They definitely are two different things. Canister is the short-range, shotgun-like round (can filled with balls) while case hot is shrapnel being a shell filled with powder and balls as opposed to regular shell rounds without balls inside. OG a.D. 86 (talk) 22:44, 1 January 2019 (UTC)