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First match in IS-7, Westfield. One of the reasons i lost was that I was engaging an E100 on the hills, we were both hulldown. I put about 4-5 shots, some premium into the flat turret cheeks, but no pens. This took up time I could have used to kill other tanks, therefore we lost.

Now, with my over 300 premium pen, I should be able to pen the turret-cheeks of E100, shouldn't I? Should I instead have aimed for the weaker armor on the bar on top of the turret, with a higher risk of missing?

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That's exactly what it means 

 

Gold normally is enough to go through the turret even when face hugging, only if it's angled will I shoot for the "police bar" if I can't shoot to over match the engine deck 

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Unless you're hitting the flat part, the 250mm turret is +280mm on flat ground.

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Been having the exact problem myself in my IS-7.  Two separate matches and E-100 turret straight on with APCR, all bounces.

 

Similar thing with a hull down Jagdtiger a couple days ago.  5 APCR shots into the left side of the superstructure, only 2 pens.

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Well, the penetration roll is +-25%. 300+ Pen with on APCR would normally go thorough, but it may just be bad luck.

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Well, the penetration roll is +-25%. 300+ Pen with on APCR would normally go thorough, but it may just be bad luck.

Wasn't it mentioned somewhere that the distribution was not linear?

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It's not from experience, but getting a few low rolls is still possible.

 

If the E100 is angling it's turret between shots though, that would explain the bounces. 300mm is only good for the police bar in such a case.

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