Can you shoot a stack of dimes from a shotgun? If you did, would it be lethal? According to gunfighter mythology and Hollywood History, Billy the Kid shot Deputy Marshal “Pecos Bob” Olinger during a jail break in Lincoln New Mexico in 1881. The weapon? Olinger’s own double-barreled shotgun. As the story goes, that shotgun was loaded with dimes. Here is the movie version:

In the next video, Paul Harrell puts the myth to the test for science and validates the effectiveness of using dimes as projectiles in a 12 gauge shotgun.

I love to see these stories run to ground and settled, thanks Paul!