Generally if look close it isn't a 45-70 in his belt in most movies but a 32-40. I read some time back it was to remind him of what was left for ammo as well. Splitting up the 44-40 ammo for his signature '92 makes more sense though. Although 44-40 shoots just fine in a 45. Not the other way around of course and hard to clear.Here's a trivia question for you JW fans, (99% of us).....What's that .45-70 cartridge doing among the pistol cartridges in the loops? I have an idea but I'll let you guys chime in first, jd45
BITD I could see using a .45 Colt and a .44 '73 or '92 with HV rifle ammo instead of a '76, '86 or '94. '73 was a lighter gun and lighter ammo than the '76, '86. By the time the '94 and '95 showed up you had a LOT more gun worth the extra ammo and rifle. 44-40 HV rifle ammo was the 44 mag of the day. And early 44-40 Colt's didn't at first function well with the generic 44-40 ammo you could buy. It was too hot and backed up primers. Took the ammo makers (Winchester?) some time to tone it down so it would work in a Colt SAA. Matching guns and ammo I suspect was a lot less common than one might first think. Simply because the 45 Colt worked so well in a SAA. As did the 44-40 in a rifle.
Tea stains? No doubt in my mind the GW engraved pair are tea stained. His movie guns were never ivory but a yellow plastic.
"Wayne's famous grips were produced by Maurice Scharlack, who made only yellow catalin grips."
one of JW's actual rental guns now on loan to the NRA Museum.
Great JW trivia thread here:
John Wayne in "The Shootist" - El Paso Saddlery rig doesn't quite match....
I know this is harsh and it hurts my soul to even acknowledge the fact. But John Wayne used plastic and Tom Selleck used ivory...damn! Then there is the '92 verses a '76.
"said I never had the use for one....never said I didn't know how to use one".