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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #500 on: November 15, 2017, 09:04:49 am »
Roscoe, if you were going into a gunfight would you only load 5?

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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #501 on: November 15, 2017, 07:02:42 pm »
Roscoe, if you were going into a gunfight would you only load 5?

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Not likely!!
 
I betcha there wasnt many capguns out there ever saw a 5 shot load either - fillerup - hammer on the safety pin!

Always thought it kind of silly when the hero rackt the action on his lever gun just before he fires - hes just walked down the street (or through the brush or whatever) on the scout for trouble and he hasnt got one up the spout ?? Any deal like that (what its pretending to be) I would be loaded and cocked no empty and locked !!

We are talkin about a different time - back then I bet you reached behind the door for the shotgun - hauled back the hammer and went for it - wouldnt even think it might be empty! 

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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #502 on: November 16, 2017, 08:29:16 am »
Roscoe, if you were going into a gunfight would you only load 5?

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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #503 on: January 04, 2018, 01:02:35 pm »
So many...... But top 3:

Winchester '73
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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #504 on: January 11, 2018, 03:59:37 pm »
Roscoe, if you were going into a gunfight would you only load 5?

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The better question is always whether you would walk around with a holstered gun that had a live round under the hammer. If reloading during a gunfight, I certainly see the point.. But do we really know what they did in those days, other than normally load 5?

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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #505 on: January 11, 2018, 04:02:17 pm »
John Wayne covered that in "The Shootist".

Carry with five but load six if it looks like you're gonna need 'em. Or shoot a Ruger with transfer bar.
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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #506 on: March 23, 2018, 11:02:29 am »
I also wondered this as well. It certainly makes sense. Is this historically accurate btw? What are the sources?

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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #507 on: March 23, 2018, 11:15:13 am »
John Wayne covered that in "The Shootist".

Carry with five but load six if it looks like you're gonna need 'em. Or shoot a Ruger with transfer bar.

Didn't they also mention this in the 'True Grit' (the book)? I swear I remember Maddie talking about Rooster loading a sixth round in his revolver when they were waiting to ambush Ned Pepper at the cabin.
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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #508 on: March 23, 2018, 11:53:55 am »
There is plenty of historical evidence that 6 rounds were often loaded. One I can think of is when Wyatt Earp dropped his revolver and it went off sending the bullet through his coattail if I remember correctly.

There was also an account in a book about the Hash Knife Outfit where a deputy and a constable were after a faro robber who was dropping coins as he made his getaway.  The 2 lawmen rounded the corner and ran into the thief. They all commenced to shoot from about 5 feet all shots missing. The constable was the only one with 6 rounds in his gun and put it to the head of the robber and killed him.

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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #509 on: March 30, 2019, 05:44:42 pm »
My current favorites (in no particular order)

1) Lonesome Dove (original)
2) Open Range
3) Unforgiven
4) Culpepper Cattle Company
5) Broken Trail
6) Pale Rider (love those Remmies!)
7) Last Stand at Saber River
8) Crossfire Trail
9) Monte Walsh
10) the Shootist

I would generally carry 5 in the weapon, but certainly load a sixth if I was expecting trouble.  You can rest the firing pin between two cartridges fairly safely with 6 loaded.

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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #510 on: December 20, 2019, 01:43:49 pm »
Also have an honorable mention for "Tombstone" and "Wyatt Earp".  I think it is interesting that my three favorite CAS guns: 1860 Henry figures in two of them (lonesome Dove, Saber River), 1875 Schofield figures in two of them (Crossfire Trail and Unforgiven), and 1860 cartridge conversion also figures in three of them (Wyatt Earp, Crossfire Trail, Saber River).....
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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #511 on: December 20, 2019, 02:49:03 pm »
Missouri Breaks (1976).  Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson.

I agree that the Lonesome Dove series is great.  Larry McMurtry?s book is even better.  Got a Pulitzer, if that counts.  Good to the last page (945).



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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #512 on: December 26, 2019, 01:08:25 am »
Missouri Breaks (1976).  Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson.

I agree that the Lonesome Dove series is great.  Larry McMurtry?s book is even better.  Got a Pulitzer, if that counts.  Good to the last page (945).

Correct on the McMurtry. I read the entire series in '17 while working for the USFS.  Good reads.

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Re: What's your favorite Western?
« Reply #513 on: January 08, 2020, 10:22:56 am »
There is plenty of historical evidence that 6 rounds were often loaded. One I can think of is when Wyatt Earp dropped his revolver and it went off sending the bullet through his coattail if I remember correctly.

There was also an account in a book about the Hash Knife Outfit where a deputy and a constable were after a faro robber who was dropping coins as he made his getaway.  The 2 lawmen rounded the corner and ran into the thief. They all commenced to shoot from about 5 feet all shots missing. The constable was the only one with 6 rounds in his gun and put it to the head of the robber and killed him.

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