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Scharnhorst HE or AP

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In several battles I have been against enemy battleships coming towards me bow on. I am playing the Scharnhorst, I noticed several times that AP was not doing much damage. However, when I switched to HE, I did much better, especially when starting fires. I love the 20 second reloads, especially when the enemy battleship is not paying attention to me and I can light them up!

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Both. Due to the caliber, your not likely to get overpens on superstructure, so AP is still viable on bow in targets.

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Yeah, you're better off firing HE at bow-on BBs in many BBs, depending on the BBs in question. But you're pretty much always better off doing that in the Scharnhorst, given your small-caliber guns. Those guns are built for murdering cruisers, not so much BBs. Though it's true that if you have a good shot at the superstructure with AP you should definitely take it.

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9 minutes ago, Hermetica said:

Yeah, you're better off firing HE at bow-on BBs in many BBs, depending on the BBs in question. But you're pretty much always better off doing that in the Scharnhorst, given your small-caliber guns. Those guns are built for murdering cruisers, not so much BBs. Though it's true that if you have a good shot at the superstructure with AP you should definitely take it.

Yep, said better then me. 

Also, depending on target distance, aiming center mass with AP will cause a bunch of shatters. Aim at the bow, aft, or superstructure at 12km-15km.

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37 minutes ago, Rollingonit said:

If Im in a heavy T9 BB game in my Scharny, sometimes I only shoot HE

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31 minutes ago, Hermetica said:

Yeah, you're better off firing HE at bow-on BBs in many BBs, depending on the BBs in question. But you're pretty much always better off doing that in the Scharnhorst, given your small-caliber guns. Those guns are built for murdering cruisers, not so much BBs. Though it's true that if you have a good shot at the superstructure with AP you should definitely take it.

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19 minutes ago, Cpt_Cupcake said:

depending on target distance, aiming center mass with AP will cause a bunch of shatters. Aim at the bow, aft, or superstructure at 12km-15km

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Depending on being bottom tiered, equal tiered, or top tiered. Especially in the Scharnhorst. It is probably one of the easiest BB's to slip into battlecruiser or open water heavy cruiser mode in the game.

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46 minutes ago, WM1957 said:

In several battles I have been against enemy battleships coming towards me bow on. I am playing the Scharnhorst, I noticed several times that AP was not doing much damage. However, when I switched to HE, I did much better, especially when starting fires. I love the 20 second reloads, especially when the enemy battleship is not paying attention to me and I can light them up!

It all depends on the target and the circumstance that you are in and that opinion  goes with any ships.

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The answer is yes, use the one that works for that situation. If AP is working, few bounces or over penetrations use AP that and if that is happening use HE.

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If you can aim well (above 25% hit rate)  ,  use AP  for 80% and 20% for HE.  if you are poor at aiming (hit rate of low 20%)  go with HE.     I tend to use AP most of the time even in   t9 unless it is    nosed in  soviets BB  lol.      most other bb can pen at upper belt at side and  super structure for good dmg.  

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Scharnhorst, AP or HE?  Yes.  :Smile_trollface:

Seriously though, it's VERY situational.  It's not a lot different than if you're in a non-IJN super cruiser at tier 9 or 10.  You have to choose the right ammo for the situation.

 

 

 

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