"Overwhelming force" definitely describes most of my strats with this build Just use Whirligig (or Kirkhammer before I picked up Whirligig from the DLC area) to deal massive single-hit damage, basically preventing the enemy from staggering me if I time it right, and getting a shocking amount of rally recovery to minimize downtime where I have to stop and heal. I do use parrying strats for some bosses, but the super big beastial ones in particular I can never seem to figure out the timing for parries. Which isn't to say I haven't been using my bullets at all - in fact, my final winning strat for Laurence's final phase involved stacking as many bullets as I could to get several Cannon shots into his face, effectively giving me some free damage. Even with my abysmal Bloodtinge stat, that thing packs a serious punch for what it basically "fire-and-forget". Also, I may or may not have already started up an alt character specifically to play about with guns and Skill weapons more... Anyway, I'll taking a break from Orphan to do a few more Chalice Dungeons - hopefully going back to Orphan later with a fresh outlook and with a few more levels under my belt will help that fight click some more, because DAMMIT I REFUSE TO LET THIS GAME BEAT ME! The fact that this is apparently not even From Software's hardest game frightens me viscerally.