From: John De Armond
Subject: Re: Wooden Bullets
Organization: Dixie Communications Public Access. The Mouth of the South.
George.N.Mills.Jr@dartmouth.edu (George N. Mills Jr.) writes:
#Just something that caught my eye. I was just wondering along these
#same lines if anybody else on the 'Net has ever heard of using Ice
#bullets. Some time ago a friend said something about the Isreali
#Mossad using Ice Bullets in their "wet works". I guess the theory
#goes that the bullet penetrates the body and then dissovles leaving
#no bullet for evidence. Is this plausable or just another idea dreamed
#up by fiction writiers?
I tried that once. Didn't work. I froze some round nose .30 cal
bullets for my .30-30 T/C pistol using a lymann mold (silicone grease
the mating surfaces to make it water-tite). I then froze the gun,
the loading supplies and all the tools. When I fired the round,
powdered ice came out the barrel. I theorize that the barrel taper
fractured the brittle ice. One might be able to make a cylinder
barrel that wouldn't fracture the bullet. Even then, the bullet
would have very poor performance because water is so light.
What I've thought about is a mercury bullet. Similar density
as lead and solid mercury is ductile. There would still be a
mercury glob in the wound but there would surely be no