<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Tolik wrote:</div>Interesting you should say that , when people moved West in the 1800′s , they only had so much they could carry , they had to be very careful , they also had to make a choice about what firearms they would take along . The shotgun was the preferred firearm for settlers . Not that it was the best , but more because it gave them more options .

Most settlers carried both rifle and shotgun.
The earlier settlers carried smothbores that could be loaded with shot or ball.
When they hit the west, the rifles saw much more use. The larger animals not in shotgun range, especially for slugs in their infancy.