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As I mentioned the other day, I did it on about my 3rd or 4th attempt, so it is certainly doable. Skip the cutscenes, open fire on the gang while Dutch is still asking you if you want to take the lead, don't hide behind anything, just march through camp with your repeater and get lots of headshots.

You need to search some bodies at one stage and I believe the minimum you need to loot is two before the game will advance. Then while everyone else is still looting, head to where the O'Driscolls come out of the woods. I chose to stay put and defend, and got my three kills with one dead eye here.

Once they're dead, rush back to the area where Dutch tells you and Bill to search buildings and already be heading inside while he talks. If you time it right you can grab the dynamite about 1 second after Dutch starts speaking.

Head outside and wait for the horses, mount up as quick as possible - then the next scene with Dutch telling you all how proud he is can also be skipped (I didn't realise this at first).

If you grab Kieran quickly enough then you head up one of two sides of a y-shaped road junction back to camp. The yellow line then tries to take you all the way round to the left of camp and back in. Instead, you can keep going straight and cut through a back garden and just turn right on the main street through town, saving a few more seconds.

Took me just over 14:30 to do it all, so I had a little less than a minute spare.

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I think the key for me was realising that as soon as you get back on your horse that scene is skipable, even though it doesn't seem like it should be. The journey to and from takes about 10/11 mins, so you really only have a short window to do everything else. Get your 15 headshots quickly and you should be ok.

I went with the using Dead Eye one at a time rather than trying to kill multiple enemies in one go - it seemed quicker.

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22 hours ago, Limey77 said:

As I mentioned the other day, I did it on about my 3rd or 4th attempt, so it is certainly doable. Skip the cutscenes, open fire on the gang while Dutch is still asking you if you want to take the lead, don't hide behind anything, just march through camp with your repeater and get lots of headshots.

You need to search some bodies at one stage and I believe the minimum you need to loot is two before the game will advance. Then while everyone else is still looting, head to where the O'Driscolls come out of the woods. I chose to stay put and defend, and got my three kills with one dead eye here.

Once they're dead, rush back to the area where Dutch tells you and Bill to search buildings and already be heading inside while he talks. If you time it right you can grab the dynamite about 1 second after Dutch starts speaking.

Head outside and wait for the horses, mount up as quick as possible - then the next scene with Dutch telling you all how proud he is can also be skipped (I didn't realise this at first).

If you grab Kieran quickly enough then you head up one of two sides of a y-shaped road junction back to camp. The yellow line then tries to take you all the way round to the left of camp and back in. Instead, you can keep going straight and cut through a back garden and just turn right on the main street through town, saving a few more seconds.

Took me just over 14:30 to do it all, so I had a little less than a minute spare.

You helped me out here as well. I was losing my mind on this the other day and spotted this thread yesterday. Worked like a charm. I feel like I made it by the skin of my teeth man.

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Yes, I replayed the entire mission on a save where I had only silvered it before (I only got 14 headshots originally and couldn't be bothered to retry it) and recorded the whole thing. Total video length including launching the mission and waiting for the confirmation that I got gold is 17:20 I believe and it has 18 mins to go until it is uploaded from my PS4 to YouTube - then YT needs to process it. So probably 30 mins and it will be live.

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Yes, it was the Carbine Repeater and the Cattleman's Revolver. If you take anything else, then Dutch doesn't say his "good, let's get going " line, he just keeps telling you to get your rifle from your horse. And the mission won't progress, wasting lots of time.

I didn't do a good job of catching Kieran in the video, but it was good enough to get him in 40 secs (or whatever the target is) and to still hit the 15:30 mark.

But hopefully, it gives you some pointers and shows you that it is doable, even without a perfect run.

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