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Old August 24, 2015, 02:56 PM   #1
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So I've heard tales from Vietnam about the VC loading teak wood bullets for 762 x 39.... Is this a bunch of hogwash? Now I know that wooden slugs for shotguns as a crowd deterrent baton rounds, as well as polypropylene etc. but a wooden rifle bullet?
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Old August 24, 2015, 06:38 PM   #2
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. but a wooden rifle bullet?
Both Dutch and Swedish (and probably some others I don't know) used training ammo with wooden bullets. 6.5mm, these fed through the bolt actions, and (in the Swede's case for sure) there was a device fitted to the muzzle to splinter the slugs. Not used as combat ammo.

Heard numerous GI barracks BS about the Japs and bamboo bullets in WWII, never found any proof.

probably the VC wood bullets is more of the same BS.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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Old August 25, 2015, 11:23 AM   #3
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I worked with a Korea vet that swears he encountered wooden bullets.
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Old August 25, 2015, 12:20 PM   #4
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My grandpa says the same thing he said the nambu he gave me shot wood bullets but it doesnt
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Old August 25, 2015, 02:14 PM   #5
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Very much doubt the VC had any shortage of ammo that caused 'em to make teak bullets.
No offence to your buddy, but Korean vets have also claimed the NKPA had .30 Carbine bullet proof frozen quilted jackets.
Like 44 AMP says, there is such a thing as wooden bullets in 6.5 x 55, but it was nothing but blanks.
Years ago, CIL made a 12 gauge dog trial blank with a 2" wood fibre wad. Had the word 'BLANK' in big black letters right on the shell. Said 2" wad would go right through a 2 x 4 at 10 yards. Crowd deterrent baton rounds fire rubber balls and are only aimed at the legs.
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Old August 29, 2015, 05:44 PM   #6
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My coworker came from Finland. He served in their army as every man does. At least back in the day, they used velmet which is an AK variant, chambering 7.62x39. They used rounds with wooden bullets for training, with the splintering muzzle device that was. It was teak but birch, and they were never for combat.

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