Matt Easton wrote:Yes, 8 bore is massive - and it was extra long as well. Like a regular shotgun increased in size by 50% . Using shell rather than shot I think it would be fair to describe it as an elephant gun.
In regards to the conflicting account of Burnaby's demise, isn't it entirely possible that he emptied the four chambers of his Lancaster into the enemy before dropping it and drawing his sword? He would not have had time to reload after the four shots.
...On the rise behind the cannon, Wood saw one of his personal escort, Private Edmund Fowler, a mounted infantryman of the 90th, trying to shoot a Zulu inDuna. Fowler complained that his Swinburn-Henry carbine was shooting high of the mark. Wood threw the carbine to his shoulder and with his first shot brought down the inDuna and then two others. He then handed the weapon back to the bemused Fowler and instructed him to aim at the feet of his targets. ...
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