Rock Salt in Shotgun Shells: Lethal or Not? As a kid I seem to recall tales of farmers shooting at chicken thieves in the night with a shotgun loaded with rock salt packed shells. Is this an old farmer's tale? Will the salt really ONLY embed itself in the skin and sting like the dickens? Is there anyone you know of who has died from it or any farmer/protective father/jealous husband who has gone to jail from blasting a 2 or 4 legged varmint with rock salt? Please tell me what you know. Thanks in advance!