Q: Mas Ayoob's column the "Stranger Than Fiction" in the April issue created a nagging question for me. Does anyone have a good guess what the velocity and energy the .36-caliber ball would have after 75 yards fired from the 1851 Navy Colt?
It appears the old pistols carried more power than I had imagined from other stories of the Old West.
Big Rock, TN
A: Not very much, but in this case, a little went a long way. Assuming Wild Bill's '51 gave 1,000 fps with a 79-grain roundball, the online Hornady Ballistic calculator predicts velocity at 75 yards would be 790 fps, delivering a...