I've often wondered about this.. Several years ago I was up at Fresno Highland games, where we had a group of 18th century re-enacters there with a Gatling gun. I was helping out with crowd control, boy did that thing shake the ground from 15' away. I asked the guys what they were shooting, he showed me the wood bullets in their .45-70 cartridges (I think it was .45-70, may have been shorter). He said the bullets disintegrate very shortly after leaving the barrel.. well nobody died at least. Can somebody shed some light on wood bullets of this type? Are they specially prepared in some way? It just seems to me that if you made a bullet outta a solid piece of wood.. that'd hurt!