I am very new to this forum and am grateful for finding it. From my questions, it will be obvious that I know very little about large naval rifles. For a long time, I've wondered about the bursting charge of the 16" shells, both HC and AP. Under 200 pounds seems hardly enough to take out the shell delivering it, much less a 35,000 to 50,000 ton armored ship. I would like to read the kind of charge and something of its destructive power. I have seen a few pictures of the result of Massachusetts shooting Strasbourg and the photos are impressive. I have also read that during the Vietnam war, New Jersy creating instant LZs with 16" HC rounds. All this destruction seems very impressive indeed with under 200 pounds of explosive. Thank you for your information.