Watch: Can a Log Cabin Protect You From Old West Guns?


Watch: Can a Log Cabin Protect You From Old West Guns?

In this video, Paul Harrell asks and answers the question of whether a log cabin offered any true protection against “old west” guns and cartridges that were popular during the time when more folks lived in log cabins.

The intro to this video is tough to listen to, due to the amusement-park music in the background. But bear with it, because like most PH videos, the shooting will begin soon enough.

They built a “block house” of 4×6 lumber, which is a bit on the wimpy side for replicating a sure-nuff log cabin, and started shooting it.

Cartridges used on the block house include 38 S&W, 45 Colt, 44 WCF (44-40), and 45-70 Gov’t. Only one went through; can you guess which?

After that, he takes on an actual wall of six-inch-diameter logs. In addition to 45-70 and 44-40, he tries a .54-caliber muzzleloading rifle.


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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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