[quote=“Cheyenne, post:19, topic:1419”]I’ll put it this way, no matter what the target is, these gun were accurate in there day. And they still are today. You not going to make a 1000 yd shot with a 73 winchester in 44-40, but a 200 yard shot is not out fo the question. Now if you were talking a Frud Brothers Sharps or Ballard then that is different. The quility of better made guns in the old west (Colt Winchester S&W Sharps Ballard …) was very high and can’t be rivaled today without the help of CNC machines. To say a Colt SAA was only good as long as you were within 20 paces…well…you aint shot one enough, or you ammo sucks or the bore is shot out.
Cheyenne: Do you know anything about a guy going around playing the harmonica? He’s someone you’d remember. Instead of talking, he plays. And when he better play, he talks.
By all contemporary accounts, it was the man who kept his cool and took his time aiming that won a gunfight in the old West. Less experienced gunfighters emptied their guns wildly in the general direction of their foes and then had to try and run away if he was still standing! Of course, even the coolest gunfighter eventualy was going to get hit by a random bullet if he got into enough gunfights. Explains why so many of the famous ones ended up in Boothill.
[quote=“Col. Douglas Mortimer, post:18, topic:1419”]I believe that even with their primitive weapons, I would still bet on the likes of Doc Holliday, Bill Hickock, and Bass Reeves to win a gunfight against modern day target shooters any day.
Shooting clay pidgeons and paper targets is a totally different animal than the killing of men.[/quote]
Yep. Clays and Paper Targets don’t shoot back!