Posted by Jo's LOTM husband on December 22, 1997 at 21:32:48:
In Reply to: the hunt posted by Jo's LOTM husband on December 21, 1997 at 23:43:31:
Wow, what wonderful responses, I seem to have struck a nerve. Jo's says courtesy requires that I respond. Time does not permit me to answer all the responses, but hopefully a blanket one will do.
The thought that they were flanking the Elk to get ahead of it, is a possible explanation for their movements. I have in the past sent someone up the next ravine to close the door on a escape route, but not all of us. I also agree it was all kept vague as mentioned to draw the audience in. The noise still troubles me but it could have also been overzealous foley artists.
Regarding the range of early rifles I'm no expert. However, I feel that large bore weapons of that era and now, require considerable compensation for the trajectory of the bullet. The bigger the bullet the more it becomes like an artillery shell and drops. For example a ball traveling over 200 yards would drop quite a bit. To hit someone running, you probably would be aiming over their head and in front of them. The subject would run into the bullet as it fell slightly downward.
I agree that the superhuman traits of our folk heroes, and their bigger than life presence, are what we admire most about them. The fact that this movie stayed true to period, made it an interesting tale. There wasn't that much poetic license taken.
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