History Main / SilverBullet

10th Jul '17 8:55:42 PM NM-156
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[[RealityEnsues In reality]], there are a number of difficulties involved in making silver bullets. The first is that silver melts at a far higher temperature than lead (961.8°C/1,763.24°F vs. 327.5°C/621.5°C), meaning that one would need a proper furnace to melt it, unlike lead which can be melted over a hot fire or kitchen stove. One would also need special bullet molds, both due to the higher temperature of the liquid silver and the fact that it shrinks more than lead does when it solidifies, so the use of a mold designed for lead would result in an undersized bullet even if the mold could withstand the heat. An alternative would be to machine the bullets from commercially available rods or bars of silver; however, this would be very time consuming and require specialized machinery and skills.

And all of this ignores the fact that silver simply costs a lot more than lead does, making silver bullets a rather costly proposition. It would also be rather ineffective [[RealityEnsues in real life]] in most modern firearms, as a bullet made entirely of silver would be too hard and light to properly take advantage of rifling[[note]]Density of lead: 11.34 g/cc. Density of silver: 10.49 g/cc. Now ''gold'', whose density is a whopping 19.3 g/cc and which lacks the hardness of silver, might be a good choice. Too bad it's not known for having mystical monster-killing properties.[[/note]], so all you'd get is an ineffective, fast, light bullet which would be very inaccurate.

A solution that comes up surprisingly rarely is silver-''jacketed'' rounds, coating a lead projectile in a shell of silver in the way regular bullets use copper. This would increase the mass of the bullet while decreasing the amount of silver you need per round (and since the silver jacket could be quite thin, its hardness would be unlikely to impair the bullet engaging the barrel's rifling), but the manufacturing process isn't something a VampireHunter could easily {{MacGyver|ing}} in their garage.

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[[RealityEnsues In reality]], there are a number of difficulties involved in mass producing silver bullets the traditional way, but they can indeed be created using common everyday items. Using lost wax casting they can be created using simply wax, plaster of paris, and a propane torch (search the internet for ''real silver bullet'' and you will find several techniques for making silver bullets. The first is that silver them).

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[[caption-width-right:320:Silver bullet made by an amateur]]

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solution to a solid silver bullet that comes up surprisingly rarely is silver-''jacketed'' rounds, coating a lead projectile in a shell of silver in the way regular bullets use copper. This would increase the mass of the bullet while decreasing the amount of silver you need per round (and since the silver jacket could be quite thin, its hardness would be unlikely to impair the bullet engaging the barrel's rifling), but the manufacturing process isn't something a VampireHunter could easily {{MacGyver|ing}} in their garage.
1st Jul '17 1:29:18 AM MathU41
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* In ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'', everyone uses silver in bullets, because it's the only thing that kills some type of monsters and generally has a stronger effect on many others. Theories why this is so are many, but no-one knows for sure. The exact method depends: pure silver is crap as a bullet, so many Hunters use a modified [[http://www.thegunzone.com/powrball.html Corbon Pow'RBall]] design: Hollowpoint round with a silver ball. The US government agencies use a different design for their rifle ammunition.

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* In ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'', everyone uses silver in bullets, because it's the only thing that kills some type of monsters and generally has a stronger effect on many others. Theories why this is so are many, but no-one knows for sure. The exact method depends: pure silver is crap as a bullet, so many Hunters use a modified [[http://www.thegunzone.com/powrball.html Corbon Pow'RBall]] design: Hollowpoint round design. Originally a hollowpoint intended to mimic the reliable FMJ shape by pressing in a plastic bead that would crush and let it expand on impact, they replaced that ball with a silver ball. silver. The US government agencies use a different design for their rifle ammunition. ammunition.
** The justification: they don't need ''much'' silver, so the ball is enough. In the case of monsters that don't require ''any'' silver to kill, well, they still shot it with hollowpoints.
13th Jun '17 4:48:45 PM jayharrison
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[[RealityEnsues In reality]], there are a number of difficulties involved in making silver bullets. The first is that silver melts at a far higher temperature than lead (961.8ºC vs. 327.5ºC), meaning that one would need a proper furnace to melt it, unlike lead which can be melted over a hot fire or kitchen stove. One would also need special bullet molds, both due to the higher temperature of the liquid silver and the fact that it shrinks more than lead does when it solidifies, so the use of a mold designed for lead would result in an undersized bullet even if the mold could withstand the heat. An alternative would be to machine the bullets from commercially available rods or bars of silver; however, this would be very time consuming and require specialized machinery and skills.

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[[RealityEnsues In reality]], there are a number of difficulties involved in making silver bullets. The first is that silver melts at a far higher temperature than lead (961.8ºC 8°C/1,763.24°F vs. 327.5ºC), 5°C/621.5°C), meaning that one would need a proper furnace to melt it, unlike lead which can be melted over a hot fire or kitchen stove. One would also need special bullet molds, both due to the higher temperature of the liquid silver and the fact that it shrinks more than lead does when it solidifies, so the use of a mold designed for lead would result in an undersized bullet even if the mold could withstand the heat. An alternative would be to machine the bullets from commercially available rods or bars of silver; however, this would be very time consuming and require specialized machinery and skills.



* ''Series/MythBusters'' tested the effectiveness of a silver bullet compared to a standard lead bullet. Since silver warps and shrinks when it cools, the resulting deformation made the bullet's' flight path erratic, making for poor accuracy. They didn't test it on an actual werewolf or other supernatural creature, however. They also didn't test whether shotgun shells would get better results.

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* ''Series/MythBusters'' ''Series/MythBusters'', based on a suggestion related to ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'', tested the effectiveness of a silver bullet compared to a standard lead bullet. Since silver warps and shrinks when it cools, the resulting deformation made the bullet's' flight path erratic, making for poor accuracy. They didn't test it on an actual werewolf or other supernatural creature, however. They also didn't test whether shotgun shells would get better results.results.
** Additionally, during the same test, silver bullets were discovered to have have less penetrative power than typical lead rounds. This led to the conclusion that the Lone Ranger used silver bullets because they were much less likely to result in a lethal shot.



* Konami's licensed ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' ActionRPG allows you to use the show's staple silver bullets, which can drop almost anything in one or two hits. They are rather hard to obtain however, and as such are usuallly TooAwesomeToUse.

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* Konami's licensed ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' ActionRPG allows you to use the show's staple silver bullets, which can drop almost anything in one or two hits. They are rather hard to obtain however, and as such are usuallly usually TooAwesomeToUse.


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* ''VideoGame/ZombiesAteMyNeighbors'' trades out bullets for [[AbnormalAmmo silverware]] for use against werewolves, [[OneHitKill which immediately kills them]].
21st May '17 5:32:30 PM nombretomado
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* ''WerewolfTheForsaken'' has silver weapons of any kind do aggravated damage to [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Uratha]] once the silver touches blood. While using silver on other werewolves would be expedient, it's also a sin against the code of werewolf ethics. Still, the Uratha have a step up on their cousins, the Pure, who apparently can't even ''touch'' silver without it messing them up something fierce.

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* ''WerewolfTheForsaken'' ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' has silver weapons of any kind do aggravated damage to [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Uratha]] once the silver touches blood. While using silver on other werewolves would be expedient, it's also a sin against the code of werewolf ethics. Still, the Uratha have a step up on their cousins, the Pure, who apparently can't even ''touch'' silver without it messing them up something fierce.
9th May '17 8:39:32 AM JamesAustin
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-->-- '''[[Series/TheLoneRanger Tonto]]''', ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''

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-->-- '''[[Series/TheLoneRanger '''[[Radio/TheLoneRanger Tonto]]''', ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''



* In a Two-Gun Kid special from Creator/MarvelComics, Two-Gun uses a silver bullet he obtained from "Kid Clayton" (a LawyerFriendlyCameo of TheLoneRanger) to kill a werewolf.

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* In a Two-Gun Kid special from Creator/MarvelComics, Two-Gun uses a silver bullet he obtained from "Kid Clayton" (a LawyerFriendlyCameo of TheLoneRanger) Radio/TheLoneRanger) to kill a werewolf.



* Subverted in a {{ComicBook/Wolverine}} annual that had Wolverine and Deadpool teamed up against a werewolf. After figuring out adamantium doesn't work, Wolverine grabs Deadpool's swords and hacks away. [[NoSell That doesn't work either.]]

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* Subverted in a {{ComicBook/Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} annual that had Wolverine and Deadpool teamed up against a werewolf. After figuring out adamantium doesn't work, Wolverine grabs Deadpool's swords and hacks away. [[NoSell That doesn't work either.]]



* An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'' had a TheLoneRanger expy who used silver bullets to kill the criminals who wanted the silver mine he owned. In an interesting twist, it's revealed that he tipped every bullet with mercury, a byproduct of silver mining. So, even if a shot was non-fatal, which many of them were, the victim would still die of mercury poisoning.

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* An issue of ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'' had a TheLoneRanger Radio/TheLoneRanger expy who used silver bullets to kill the criminals who wanted the silver mine he owned. In an interesting twist, it's revealed that he tipped every bullet with mercury, a byproduct of silver mining. So, even if a shot was non-fatal, which many of them were, the victim would still die of mercury poisoning.



* Silvered weapons feature in ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' as one of the few guaranteed ways to harm a vampire. These include silver bullets; in one of the books' many {{Shout Out}}s they're called "[[Series/TheLoneRanger the Reid design]]".

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* Silvered weapons feature in ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' as one of the few guaranteed ways to harm a vampire. These include silver bullets; in one of the books' many {{Shout Out}}s they're called "[[Series/TheLoneRanger "[[Radio/TheLoneRanger the Reid design]]".



* ''TheLoneRanger'' used silver bullets. Not for lycans, but a much cooler calling card than a stupid white glove with a script "P" on it. ("Who was that masked man?")
** Another motivation: making the bullets valuable was a reminder that firing a lethal weapon (even when done [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands without lethal intent]]) was not a thing to be done lightly. See the entry under "Radio".

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* ''TheLoneRanger'' ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' used silver bullets. Not for lycans, but a much cooler calling card than a stupid white glove with a script "P" on it. ("Who was that masked man?")
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man?") Another motivation: making the bullets valuable was a reminder that firing a lethal weapon (even when done [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands without lethal intent]]) was not a thing to be done lightly. See the entry under "Radio".



* ''TheLoneRanger'' had these as a signature armament.
** In his case, it's not supernatural but symbolic. John Reid, the future Lone Ranger, was given access to a lost silver mine by his mentor. Reid used the silver to finance his career as the Lone Ranger, and made bullets from that silver to remind himself that life, like silver, was precious so he wouldn't waste his bullets. In later years, Britt Reid, the son of the Lone Ranger's nephew, inherited his great uncle's mine and used the silver to finance his own crime-fighting career as Franchise/TheGreenHornet.

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* ''TheLoneRanger'' ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' had these as a signature armament.
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armament. In his case, it's not supernatural but symbolic. John Reid, the future Lone Ranger, was given access to a lost silver mine by his mentor. Reid used the silver to finance his career as the Lone Ranger, and made bullets from that silver to remind himself that life, like silver, was precious so he wouldn't waste his bullets. In later years, Britt Reid, the son of the Lone Ranger's nephew, inherited his great uncle's mine and used the silver to finance his own crime-fighting career as Franchise/TheGreenHornet.



* Konami's licensed ''TheLoneRanger'' ActionRPG allows you to use the show's staple silver bullets, which can drop almost anything in one or two hits. They are rather hard to obtain however, and as such are usuallly TooAwesomeToUse.

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* Konami's licensed ''TheLoneRanger'' ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' ActionRPG allows you to use the show's staple silver bullets, which can drop almost anything in one or two hits. They are rather hard to obtain however, and as such are usuallly TooAwesomeToUse.
11th Apr '17 6:53:13 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SilentHill4'', silver bullets are the fastest way to down a ghost, and without it, it becomes nearly impossible to pass the water prison the [[CopyAndPasteEnvironments second time]] around... There are only two of them in the game, so they are best saved for the Water Prison and Building World ghosts.

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* In ''SilentHill4'', ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'', silver bullets are the fastest way to down a ghost, and without it, it becomes nearly impossible to pass the water prison the [[CopyAndPasteEnvironments second time]] around... There are only two of them in the game, so they are best saved for the Water Prison and Building World ghosts.
5th Mar '17 10:29:53 AM nombretomado
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* In a Two-Gun Kid special from MarvelComics, Two-Gun uses a silver bullet he obtained from "Kid Clayton" (a LawyerFriendlyCameo of TheLoneRanger) to kill a werewolf.

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* In a Two-Gun Kid special from MarvelComics, Creator/MarvelComics, Two-Gun uses a silver bullet he obtained from "Kid Clayton" (a LawyerFriendlyCameo of TheLoneRanger) to kill a werewolf.
20th Dec '16 10:02:54 PM pwiegle
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* In an episode of ''{{Series/Eerie Indiana}}'', a werewolf is shot with a silver bullet -- in the foot. It instantly cures him of his lycanthropy, but he must then be rushed to the hospital to treat his gunshot wound.
16th Dec '16 11:38:27 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Werewolves", the VictimOfTheWeek is a man suffering from hypertrichosis (an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body) who is shot dead with a silver bullet.
6th Dec '16 10:03:24 AM ElSquibbonator
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See also WeaponOfXSlaying for slightly more metaphorical silver bullets.

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See also WeaponOfXSlaying for slightly more metaphorical silver bullets. Can also be considered an aversion of FantasyGunControl.
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