US 90 mm with M304 APCR has an over 50% chance to go through 80 mm RHA at 55° up to about high 200 meters of distance.
Panther 75 mm with Pzgr.39/42 APCBC does the same agaisnt 101.6 mm CHA at 46° also up to about high 200 meters of distance.
The idea that one of these tanks “can easily UFP” while the other “struggles” is completely silly given that the distances at which they can penetrate are basically identical with the aforementioned rounds. Not to mention the M26 has to specifically switch from its otherwise main round (M82 APCBC) while the Panther does not.
IMO APCR is a terrible ammunition, it will frequently bounce on slightly angled or overlapping surfaces, and the low post-pen damage isn’t worth the trouble. Having it loaded in the gun is a liability, and reloading to APCR when you need it is too slow.
The M26 is maybe more mobile than the T26E5, but not sufficiently so that I’d consider giving up the armor. At 6.7 the standard M26 is essentially made of paper, and every extra millimeter of RHA counts.
On the other hand, with the penetration increase of M82 (from 173mm to 185mm), M26 can technically penetrate hull of Panther at extreme close range (100m), but ONLY if at a perfect head-on without extra angle. At these ranges this is far from consistent, and the enemy will almost always be at a degree of angle. Beyond 200m, or if the enemy is slightly angled, your only option is to go for MG port, or the standard turret weakspots a 76mm Sherman would go for.
Ignore the green color, look at the numbers. The penetration mapping is bugged, as you can see in the pic, M82 will not penetrate.
It can’t pen anything Russian frontally unless it aims for tiny weak spots and it’s armor might as well be paper. It would be great if it was reclassified as a light tank and given smoke grenades though
This more or less just proves that the m26 should be at or lower than the panther in BR. Though all the Panthers should be reclassified as either tank destroyers or heavy tanks in my opinion while the m26 is a more traditional medium tank.