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    Casting a bullet in a conventional mould using molten silver is totally impractical because the melting temperature of silver is 1761 degrees F, while lead melts at 621 degrees F.

    Silver can't be maintained in its molten state long enough to be poured from the ladle to the mould.

    Been there, done that (or tried to).


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    Temperature is an issue with lead bullets...

    HOWEVER...

    If you were to use DPX as your base bullet, which is solid copper, having a melting point of 1984.32 °F, you should be able to pour molten silver into it without issue.

    Humm.

    No. No. Mustn't play with molten metal...no matter how much fun it actually is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchellCT View Post
    Temperature is an issue with lead bullets...

    HOWEVER...

    If you were to use DPX as your base bullet, which is solid copper, having a melting point of 1984.32 °F, you should be able to pour molten silver into it without issue.
    Humm.

    No. No. Mustn't play with molten metal...no matter how much fun it actually is...
    Possibly, but not with conventional bullet casting equipment.


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    It sounds like this would require a metal working set up similar to that used by a silversmith than a reloader.

    I don't think their is much call for ceramic crucibles, high temperature smelting/melting furnaces or equipment able to deal with these temps in common reloading gear.

    It shouldn't be that difficult to get hold of such gear, but then again, playing with molten metal exceeding 1,500 degrees is probably better left to those with liability policies who can cover it.

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    Maybe file one to rough shape, then turn it on a lathe? It'd take forever, but if you only have on werewolf to kill...
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    Personally, my preferred setup is a belt-fed automatic shotgun with alternating loads of wooden slugs, silver buckshot, and white phosphorous. I keep a Super Soaker of Holy Water on the off-hand side for obvious reasons.

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    This thread hurts my brain.

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    Just buy Winchester Silvertips.......

    Look like Silver, but work better and costs less.

    The Werewolf or Vampire will not know the difference!

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    Would a Silver tipped crossbow bolt work?
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    I wonder IF you could have the bullets silver plated. A metal plating shop might be able to help, but then again with the low melting temperature of lead, I don't know if the bullets would survive the salts bath or not. Then the bullets would be slightly oversize and may prove difficult to load into the cartridge case. If you could overcome those obstacles I think a silver plated bullet will kill a werewolf just as dead as a solid silver bullet.

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    On second thought, Corbons all copper DPX bullet could be silver plated and would have that extra supernatural punch to knock the fangs out of ole wolfie boy! Don't forget to find a Catholic priest and have him bless the bullets in latin too! That should cover vampires, werewolves and demons from hell. Monster Hunters field guide, chapter 4, weapons and talismans.

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    The last time I pursued such creatures, I was in a fixed defensive position with a double 12 gauge. I'd assembled custom crafted loads consisting of wax-lined shotshells (shot poured out) then poured them full of holy water and froze them, with a short length of jewelry silver (necklace chain) laid on top in the form of a cross. These were kept in an ice chest with a block of dry ice.
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    Why not just buy 'silvertips'?

    I use them in my P-3AT...
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    You guys are all silly talking about werewolves. He obviously wants to shoot the gun out of bad guys hands then leave a silver bullet behind.

    Hi Ho Silver awayyyyyyyyyy!

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    Only wusses use silver! I just shoot the eyes, ears, and nose. Once those are destroyed, I use my knife to quarter the thing.
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