My, how times have changed!!!

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    My, how times have changed!!!

    Funny how we, myself included have become so anal about ballistics etc etc. Wonder if the famous outlaws of yester year had the same mind set? I wonder if Wyatt Earp got some jugs of water to see if his whiz bang hollow point expanded to his liking? Oh, they probably used ball ammunition instead since Hollow Points weren't even around back then. I believe in those days they practiced and practiced shot placement more than anything else?

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    In Wyatt Earp's era they probably used non-jacketed lead bullets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    In Wyatt Earp's era they probably used non-jacketed lead bullets.
    No "probably" about it. That's all they had.

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    While not directly on point to stopping power, modern medicine has a lot to do with why some ammo is viewed as ineffective.

    Before the nice things like antibiotics, blood transfusions and emergency trauma care, wounds that today are a trip to the ER, 2 weeks of pills and a little surgery...were fatal.

    If you got shot in the torso and the intestines were ruptured, you were likely going to die from peritonitis (I believe that's the correct term...) or infection from clothing being dragged into the wound.

    It was terrifying.

    In the modern world where people have blowout kits, cell phones, antibiotics and rapid transport to emergency medical care its not uncommon to find a criminal who, while not wanting to get shot again, knows that its not the end of the world, and he will be back to normal in a while.

    100 years ago, getting shot was much worse. If you didn't die right away, you had bleeding out to look forward to. If you didn't bleed out, you had infection to look forward to...or even better - amputation of the limb...so when the shop keeper pulled that pocket gun, even if it didn't drop you right their, you know that you stand a serious chance of "bad" if you got shot.

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    +1 on the above.

    Getting shot was close to a death sentence. Now its not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchellCT View Post
    In the modern world where people have blowout kits, cell phones, antibiotics and rapid transport to emergency medical care its not uncommon to find a criminal who, while not wanting to get shot again, knows that its not the end of the world, and he will be back to normal in a while.
    I agree that more people today survive being shot, and some are lucky enough to lead normal lives, but if the projectile severs an important nerve, there is no regeneration.
    Tear up any major organ and it may still 'work', but it will not usually return to 100% functionality.

    Sometimes modern medicine is given magical powers that when closely examined aren't really there.

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    I'm not sure surviving gunshot wounds is really relevant to stopping a fight though. Wild Bill seemed to have no problem doing so with what we would consider a very anemic pistol round (although imo, all pistol rounds are more or less anemic). It's some good food for thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GBS View Post
    I agree that more people today survive being shot, and some are lucky enough to lead normal lives, but if the projectile severs an important nerve, there is no regeneration.
    Tear up any major organ and it may still 'work', but it will not usually return to 100% functionality.

    Sometimes modern medicine is given magical powers that when closely examined aren't really there.
    Exactly correct on the non-regeneration of tissue (nerve and otherwise). Projectiles blowing-out an inch or more of bone matter is still another problem. But...... nerve grafts and bone grafts are possible and have been done with success. The grafted-in nerve tissue take time to unite with the ends of the intact nerve and the bone grafts are very painful at the donor source (usually the pelvis). Not everything works as it did before, but it works. I know this for a fact in my own life.
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    Larger caliber soft lead bullets of the black powder era did provide some expansion. Yet, as stated above, the prospect of being shot with any type of bullet in the 19th century was a bad deal. Although some hollowpoint ammunition did exist at the time, it came into its own with the advent of smokeless powder. Higher velocities and smaller bullets led to over-penetration issues. The JHP is meant to address this problem. Then, as now, being able to hit the mark is what counts.

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    Anal? My life and the lives of my family members make equipment worthy of more than just passing consideration. Ammo included.

    Hard to see how the level of attentiveness to relevant factors would change much, from one era to the next. I'm sure that just as many folks blew off the concept, 150 yrs ago. And I'm sure that just as many concerned themselves with having the best equipment they could, given that they, too, got only one trip on the merry-go-round.
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