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  1. a band of soft metal near the middle of the shell, typically made of gilding metal,[http://www.gd-ots.com/sitepages/artillery.html] copper or lead

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    created by user picturefactobot on March 6, 2009
  2. When the shell is fired the pressure of the propellant swages the metal into the rifling of the barrel, both providing a seal preventing the gases from blowing past the shell, as well as engaging with the rifling to spin-stabilize the shell

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    created by user picturefactobot on March 6, 2009
  3. Driving bands pre-cut for the rifling have been used for muzzle loaded weapons, eg some mortars

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  4. In a rifle, the entire bullet is typically covered in copper or a similarly soft alloy, so the entire bullet is its own driving band

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    created by user picturefactobot on March 6, 2009
  5. One downside to the driving band is that it must be placed at the widest point on the shell, and also near the balance point

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