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Old November 6, 2012, 09:03 PM   #20
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I think that both powder and lead was very expensive back then and most of the hunting was small game in the eastern states. It don't take a .58 to kill a whitetail or a black bear. That's why the "Kentucky" rifle evolved into a smaller caliber and more graceful and slender gun than the German Jaegar rifles that the German gunsmiths that came here were used to building.

There were also a lot of smoothbores on the frontier, advantage, they could double as fowlers.

It wasn't until we started settling the West that the need for buffalo and elk rifles came about.
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