Posted: Sun May 19, 2013 8:38 pm Post subject: How much ammo can a PC reasonably carry?
I want to make gunfights more realistic without the "endlessly spraying bullets with no interruption because I have speed-loaders" effect. I found a thread that gave the average loadout for a US Calvary below:
"The average cowboy carried:
13 in a 44-40 1873 Winchester magazine.
5 or 6 in his Colt SAA.
Another 20 to 40 in a cartridge belt.
A U.S. cavalryman fighting Indians with Custer would have carried 24 rounds of pistol ammo and 20 rounds for his 45-70 carbine in a McKeever cartridge box on his belt.
The rest was in the rear with with the gear! Capt. Benteen has been criticized by some military analysts because he failed to obey Custer's orders to get the ammunition packs from the rear and rush forward to Custer's aid.
One thing you need to keep in mind is, big bore black powder ammo is Heavy! 20 rounds of 45-70 ammo weighs over a two pounds. A 50 round box of .45 Colt ammo weighs probably three+ pounds. A horse can only pack around so much of it and still get where he is going"
What do you use for your games? The Deadlands Character Sheet has the bullet tracker which I kinda want to use but the PCs complain its not enough ammo.
It's fine if PC's use bandoleers, but my feeling is reloading from a bandoleer is going to take longer than speed-loaders. Advice from GM's who've run into a similar topic?
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