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Wyatt Earp: Shotgunning Buffalo
« on: July 08, 2010, 09:19:30 pm »
Wyatt Earp hunted Buffalo commercially as a young man, but took a different approach to the business. For one thing he used a shotgun loaded with a bore size ball:

http://road.uww.edu/road/puesr/250306/In%20Class%20Exercises/Wyatt%20Earp%20Exercise%20-%20Chapter%201%20-%20Student.doc
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    Re: Wyatt Earp: Shotgunning Buffalo
    « Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010, 11:12:26 pm »
    Very cool.  Earp was a Slugger... Nice...

    I think 12 Gauge slugs are my very favorite things...
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    Re: Wyatt Earp: Shotgunning Buffalo
    « Reply #2 on: July 09, 2010, 12:15:43 am »

    The article mentions Wyatt's shotgun threw a 1 1/2 ounce "slug."  That weight would be correct for a bore size 10 gauge ball cast of the commonly used 1 to 20 (tin to lead) bullet alloy of the time.  That is a .77" ball would weigh 658 grains.  The normal 10 gauge black powder charge for a 1 1/2 ounce payload was 4.5 drams or 124 grains of FFg. In the common 30 - 36 inch cylinder bore barrels of the period, velocity would have been between 1200 and 1300 feet per second.  A solid lead ball of that size and weight would punch a big hole and probably penetrate completely on a lung shot, certainly an effective load within its range.
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    Re: Wyatt Earp: Shotgunning Buffalo
    « Reply #3 on: July 09, 2010, 12:47:31 am »
    Considering the sheer number of Buffalo commercial hunters shot, I can hardly imagine the pounding your shoulder would take from a load like that.
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    Re: Wyatt Earp: Shotgunning Buffalo
    « Reply #4 on: July 09, 2010, 12:54:50 am »
    I'm just imagining all that amazingly delicious meat...

    A 10 Gauge slug... wow.  A day of shooting would leave an impression on one's shoulders, that is for sure. 

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    Re: Wyatt Earp: Shotgunning Buffalo
    « Reply #5 on: July 09, 2010, 03:09:22 am »
    Considering the sheer number of Buffalo commercial hunters shot, I can hardly imagine the pounding your shoulder would take from a load like that.

    You up for taking one for a spin Jesse?   :neener  Kinda like those #4 loads...

    But he did only shoot 30x all day.  Maybe he had a thick coat?
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    Re: Wyatt Earp: Shotgunning Buffalo
    « Reply #6 on: July 09, 2010, 04:07:03 pm »
    I'm just imagining all that amazingly delicious meat...

    A 10 Gauge slug... wow.  A day of shooting would leave an impression on one's shoulders, that is for sure.  

    RMc - your knowledge of The Gauge is impressive.  A most welcomed addition to the WTA Knowledge Base.   :thumbup1

    Thank you.

    That black powder 10 bore load would have a slower acceleration than similar smokeless loads, more of a push.  I suspect the recoil would be less than a 1 5/8 ounce smokeless 12 bore, (10 pellet 000B load for instance), in a gun of the same weight.
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    Re: Wyatt Earp: Shotgunning Buffalo
    « Reply #7 on: July 09, 2010, 10:24:33 pm »
    Good info and welcome aboard!
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    Re: Wyatt Earp: Shotgunning Buffalo
    « Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 04:01:26 pm »
    More source information:

    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/gangsters_outlaws/outlaws/earp/4.html

    Wyatt Earp: Knight With A Six-Shooter
    By Joseph Geringer

    Chapter 4
    Hunting Buffalo
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    Re: Wyatt Earp: Shotgunning Buffalo
    « Reply #9 on: June 17, 2014, 10:21:22 pm »
    A small addition to this thread:

    For those that might wonder about practicality of using bore size lead balls, consider:

    W. W. Greener, the famous British gun developer, was the first to work out a practical method of choke boring, and his first guns with this configuration were not developed until 1874.
    « Last Edit: June 17, 2014, 11:13:27 pm by RMc »
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