While I agree with the last part, I can not agree with the first,paul.mercer wrote: put a fully refitted Rodney with a good crew against Bismarck and I think the result would be a very battered if not sunk, Bismarck. In any case as I have said before, Lutyens is not going to risk a fight with such a powerfully armed ship if the does'nt have to, he will use his speed and make a run for it.
Bismarck showed remarkably well shooting throughout Rheinubung (Norfolk - straddled, splinters on board, Hood - straddled repeatedly and sunk; POW - straddled repeatedly and damaged, Sheffield- straddled repeatedly, damage and casualties, 3 of the 4 DDs straddled, splinters on board, Rodney - straddled, KGV - straddled), while Rodney needed 15 minutes to get the range of a target moving at 7kts....
Tirpitz also showed very well shooting qualities, and this is first and foremost in any naval engagement.
That Bismarck might be hit is a possibility, while Rodney getting plastered and sunk in very few minutes is a probability. [the 2 are realy not comparable to much. Bismarck's rangefinders and radars showed exceptional accuracy, and the salvo patterns were no more than 120 meters wide for 4-gun salvos at 20km. In the mean time, Rodney produced 300 meters patterns for 3-gun salvos , at 15km... Rate of fire was up to 3 shells/minute/gun for Bismarck firing at up to 20km, while Rodney could probably manage 1.5 shells/minute/gun at the same distance. An what about stability as a gun platform ? Responsiveness to manouvres ? Built-in redundancy ?]
And again, if the damage of the 16" shells over Bismarck are an issue: imagine Rodney instead of Bismarck , and Bismarck and Tirpitz instead of Rodney and KGV, and imagine how would Rodney look like after a meager 15 minutes of fire over her.