[QUOTEI'm 65, and can recall listening to a 78 rpm record in some elementary class back in the 1950s, that was a recording of an elderly gent recalling his younger years in the old west. The recording had a short story, how back in the old west, on how dangerous and feared a 22 pistol was. As I recall the elderly gent on the recording claimed the impact of a 22 bullet of the bullet wasn't the problem, but the the lead poisoning from it sure did kill you][/QUOTE]
Probably not lead poisoning. A lack of understanding of infection,
sanitation and germs in general. Any wound, and especially a puncture
wound that could carry foreign material into the body was much more
likely to become septic and result in death back in the "good old days"