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26th Dec '17 10:22:41 AM Bissek
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* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Rosette's gun has three types of special bullets: Sacreds, which are hollow and filled with holy water, the more powerful Gospel, which are rune-engraved silver bullets, and Spirits, which were discontinued after one chapter after the demonic-energy filled bullets proved to be worse than useless.
18th Dec '17 11:43:17 PM JackG
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* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''. The wizard's AwfulWeddedWife demands something silver for their silver wedding anniversary. Cue the wizard arguing with the Lone Ranger, "Look, one lousy bullet's not going to break you!"

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* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''. The wizard's AwfulWeddedWife [[AwfulWeddedLife Awful Wedded Wife]] demands something silver for their silver wedding anniversary. Cue the wizard arguing with the Lone Ranger, "Look, one lousy bullet's not going to break you!"
18th Dec '17 11:39:12 PM JackG
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* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId''. The wizard's AwfulWeddedWife demands something silver for their silver wedding anniversary. Cue the wizard arguing with the Lone Ranger, "Look, one lousy bullet's not going to break you!"
30th Nov '17 8:35:10 AM Mukademaoh
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* In ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' series, silver weapons are often employed to harm or kill werewolves, undead and vampires. Memorable examples include ''Dead of the Night'' (you're monster-hunting templar who starts the game with a silver crucifix), ''Vault of the Vampire'' (you can use a silver-plated stake to kill for good the Count'' and ''Howl of the Werewolf'' (where you have to collect a series of silver daggers [[spoiler: and you can be killed by a hunter armed with actual silver bullets]])

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* In ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' series, silver weapons are often employed to harm or kill werewolves, undead and vampires. Memorable examples include ''Dead of the Night'' (you're monster-hunting templar who starts the game with a silver crucifix), ''Vault of the Vampire'' (you can use a silver-plated stake to kill for good the Count'' and finally ''Howl of the Werewolf'' (where you have to collect a series of silver daggers [[spoiler: and you can be killed by a hunter armed with actual silver bullets]])
30th Nov '17 8:33:26 AM Mukademaoh
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* Downplayed in ''Manga/SazanEyes'': taoist Steve Long has a pistol with bullets inscribed with spells to harm demons and, at one point, uses silver bullets against the werewolf-like demon Quan Lang. However, since the latter dodged them, it's unknown if they were effective or not.


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* In ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' series, silver weapons are often employed to harm or kill werewolves, undead and vampires. Memorable examples include ''Dead of the Night'' (you're monster-hunting templar who starts the game with a silver crucifix), ''Vault of the Vampire'' (you can use a silver-plated stake to kill for good the Count'' and ''Howl of the Werewolf'' (where you have to collect a series of silver daggers [[spoiler: and you can be killed by a hunter armed with actual silver bullets]])
20th Nov '17 9:15:09 PM WillBGood
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* It turns out, in ''WebComic/AndShineHeavenNow'', that if one runs out of silver bullets, the silver filling in a tooth [[spoiler: taken from a Holocaust victim]] can work in a pinch to take down a werewolf.
7th Nov '17 8:22:47 PM Benjideaula
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Silver melts at a far higher temperature than lead (961.8°C/1,763.24°F vs. 327.5°C/621.5°C), unlike lead which can be melted over a hot fire or kitchen stove. When cooling, silver shrinks more than lead does when it solidifies, so the use of a mold designed for lead would result in an undersized bullet, subsequently one must start with a mold that is oversized. 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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Silver melts at a far higher temperature than lead (961.8°C/1,763.24°F vs. 327.5°C/621.5°C), 5°F), unlike lead which can be melted over a hot fire or kitchen stove. When cooling, silver shrinks more than lead does when it solidifies, so the use of a mold designed for lead would result in an undersized bullet, subsequently one must start with a mold that is oversized. 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.
27th Oct '17 5:39:24 AM RedScharlach
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Another solution would be a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]] with shells packed with silver shot; this, too, is seldom used, but would be even easier than silver-jacketed rounds to make (and no rifling issues since shotguns don't have rifling in the first place). You can even forgo the hassle of melting your silver, as [[http://www.apmex.com/category/25775/industrial-silver-grain industrial-grade silver grain]] is easily availible, if ''really'' pricy, in large quantities.

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Another solution would be a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotgun]] with shells packed with silver shot; this, too, is seldom used, but would be even easier than silver-jacketed rounds to make (and no rifling issues since shotguns don't have rifling in the first place). You can even forgo the hassle of melting your silver, as [[http://www.apmex.com/category/25775/industrial-silver-grain industrial-grade silver grain]] is easily availible, available, if ''really'' pricy, pricey, in large quantities.



* ''Series/PortCharles'' vampires were weak to silver bullets. Caleb didn't die from one but was bady wounded by it.

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* ''Series/PortCharles'' vampires were weak to silver bullets. Caleb didn't die from one but was bady badly wounded by it.
30th Sep '17 1:40:05 PM Kadorhal
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** Spoofed in one sketch. While playing a pen-and-paper RPG, one player offers an... [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill alternative]]... to the silver bullet. Even after reducing the werewolf to a puddle of viscera with a [[MoreDakka rotary gun]], mopping that up into a bucket and lighting it on fire, [[FantasticDrug snorting the ashes]], then [[ToiletHumor crapping it out]], where it gets processed through a sewer system, the game master stubbornly insists that the werewolf is still alive through all of that, it ''has'' to be a silver bullet.
** The impracticality is likewise lampshaded in the sketch the page quote comes from, where Radio/TheLoneRanger is challenged as to whether silver bullets are as good at actually being shot as regular bullets. The Ranger replies by shooting a can on the ground so much it flies up in the air higher than any of them are tall, hitting it with every single bullet... then after a short pause, Tonto with "that silver could have fed my entire tribe for a year".

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** Spoofed in one sketch. While playing a pen-and-paper RPG, one player offers an... [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill alternative]]... to the silver bullet. bullet to kill a werewolf. Even after reducing the werewolf it to a puddle of viscera with a [[MoreDakka rotary gun]], mopping that up into a bucket and lighting it on fire, [[FantasticDrug snorting the ashes]], then [[ToiletHumor crapping it out]], where it gets processed through a sewer system, the game master stubbornly insists that the werewolf is still alive through all of that, it ''has'' to be a silver bullet.
** The impracticality is likewise lampshaded in the sketch the page quote comes from, where Radio/TheLoneRanger is challenged as to whether silver bullets are as good at actually being shot as regular bullets. The Ranger replies by shooting a can on the ground so much it flies up in the air higher than any of them are tall, hitting it with every single bullet... then after a short pause, Tonto embarrasses them all by interjecting with "that silver could have fed my entire tribe for a year".
29th Sep '17 3:44:12 PM Kadorhal
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->''"That silver could have fed my entire village for a year."''

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->''"That silver could have fed my entire village tribe for a year."''



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



* In the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' anime, Alucard uses silver bullets against other vampires; after a while, he is given a new gun which uses mercury ("quicksilver") bullets. Since mercury has about the same density as lead, but is a liquid, the effect it has upon striking a body is quite horrific (it practically explodes). In the final volume, Seras kills the Millennium werewolf known as The Captain with a silver ''tooth'' (Which was implied to have been taken from the skull of a concentration camp victim fifty-odd years earlier).

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* In the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' anime, Alucard uses silver bullets against other vampires; after a while, he is given a new gun which uses mercury ("quicksilver") bullets. Since mercury has about the same density as lead, but is a liquid, the effect it has upon striking a body is quite horrific (it practically explodes). In the final volume, Seras kills the Millennium werewolf known as The Captain with a silver ''tooth'' (Which (which was implied to have been taken from the skull of a concentration camp victim fifty-odd years earlier).



--> '''Wolverine:''' 'Pool, your swords?
--> '''Deadpool:''' What? Silver's expensive! Chrome looks just as good!

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--> '''Wolverine:''' -->'''Wolverine:''' 'Pool, your swords?
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swords?\\
'''Deadpool:''' What? Silver's expensive! Chrome looks just as good!



* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''. While playing a pen-and-paper RPG, one player offers an... [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill alternative]]... to the silver bullet, only for the game master to stubbornly insist that it ''has'' to be a silver bullet.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'':
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Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''.one sketch. While playing a pen-and-paper RPG, one player offers an... [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill alternative]]... to the silver bullet, only for bullet. Even after reducing the werewolf to a puddle of viscera with a [[MoreDakka rotary gun]], mopping that up into a bucket and lighting it on fire, [[FantasticDrug snorting the ashes]], then [[ToiletHumor crapping it out]], where it gets processed through a sewer system, the game master to stubbornly insist insists that the werewolf is still alive through all of that, it ''has'' to be a silver bullet.bullet.
** The impracticality is likewise lampshaded in the sketch the page quote comes from, where Radio/TheLoneRanger is challenged as to whether silver bullets are as good at actually being shot as regular bullets. The Ranger replies by shooting a can on the ground so much it flies up in the air higher than any of them are tall, hitting it with every single bullet... then after a short pause, Tonto with "that silver could have fed my entire tribe for a year".



* Silver has a density of 10.5 grams per cubic centimeter. Lead has a density of 11.3 g/cm[[superscript:3]]. In the ballistics game, higher density means better performance, which is why bullets are still made out of lead, though price is certainly a factor as well. (Uranium, it should be noted, has a density of 19 g/cm[[superscript:3]], which is why anti-tank rounds are made of the stuff.)

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* Silver has a density of 10.5 grams per cubic centimeter. Lead has a density of 11.3 g/cm[[superscript:3]]. In the ballistics game, higher density means better performance, which is why bullets are still made out of lead, though price is certainly a factor as well. (Uranium, Uranium, it should be noted, has a density of 19 g/cm[[superscript:3]], which is why anti-tank rounds are made of the stuff.)
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