Did the Hg bullet ever exist?

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    Take a Hornady,.458cal.,300grHP. Bore out the cavity with a inside neck deburing tool(so it weights approx. 281grs). Take a Fed 215 primer and seat it in the cavity with the firing pin side faceing outward. Put a very small bit of wax over it. Take an ordenary BB and set it ontop the primer. Then cover the entire opening with wax. Shoot it outta a Ruger #1H at 3000fps. Now that's EXPOSIVE !! (But I never did this.......I promise. ----------

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    The Mercury KY is writing about is Mercury Fulminate (or some related compound) originally used for blasting caps. The liquid mercury filled bullets would be hard to use safely, as their weight would be much higher than lead (mercury is much denser than lead), leading to dangerously high pressures. Mercury is also very chemically active, combining with most organic compounds and many metals, so I think a bullet filled with it and capped with wax would start breaking down almost immediately.

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    combining with most organic compounds and many metals
    Of course, I had even forgotten - dental amalgam!!
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    And I would think that liquid mercury, if you had a true stable way to put it inside a bullet, would have a negative effect in the accuracy because, IMHO, it would interfere with the rotation of the bullet.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    I perfer to use silver to fill my hollow points, just in case I run into a warewolf. Maybe even cast some pure silver rounds for those full moon nights. You can never be to prepared ya know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruces45
    I perfer to use silver to fill my hollow points, just in case I run into a warewolf. Maybe even cast some pure silver rounds for those full moon nights. You can never be to prepared ya know
    Lemme guess, it is a jungle out there, right?
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter
    I cannot see as how Mercury inside a hollow bullet cavity would have any sort of practical Self~Defense application.
    Mercury also needs to be "built up" in the human body as a metallic toxin...so it would not even add any immediate Stopping Power
    I seem to remember the purpose (and this is probably urban legend) of the mercury was to cause the slug to expand or fragment more than usual (Being liquid, and non-compressable). It had nothing to do with being toxic.

    People used to take Mercury orally to cure Syphilis. I gues it got rid of the disease and then the infected person shortly thereafter.
    If I was home I'd check an old medical book, but I don't think the mercury actually cured as much as masked the symptoms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan
    The Mercury KY is writing about is Mercury Fulminate (or some related compound) originally used for blasting caps. The liquid mercury filled bullets would be hard to use safely, as their weight would be much higher than lead (mercury is much denser than lead), leading to dangerously high pressures. Mercury is also very chemically active, combining with most organic compounds and many metals, so I think a bullet filled with it and capped with wax would start breaking down almost immediately.
    You're right re the fulminated mercury. I remember during the Reagan asassination attempt that they decided the bullets were 'fulminated mercury' filled to be explosive and then a little later on no mention was made again of the 'special' bullet formulation. I think they decided to hush the bullet description to keep others from getting the same ideas and information. I wonder also to this day if the mercury components in Reagans system maybe caused or contributed to his Alzheimers disease. I think I remember hearing that all the bullet material was never extracted from him ?????
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    You're right re the fulminated mercury. I remember during the Reagan asassination attempt that they decided the bullets were 'fulminated mercury' filled to be explosive and then a little later on no mention was made again of the 'special' bullet formulation. I think they decided to hush the bullet description to keep others from getting the same ideas and information. I wonder also to this day if the mercury components in Reagans system maybe caused or contributed to his Alzheimers disease. I think I remember hearing that all the bullet material was never extracted from him ?????
    IIRC, the Reagan hit attempt was made not with mercury, but rather a commercial brand known as "Exploders" and consisted of taking a hollowpoint and putting a sort of primer inside, depending on the impact to set it off. IIRC it usually worked well when it struck something like wood but it was problematic in flesh. I remember the Docs saying that the exploder tip hadn't gone off. I don't recall what caliber was used on Reagan, but it came hair line close to a major artery. The Angels sure rested on Ronnie's shoulders!
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    Remarkably, the DIA study by Vedder B. Discoll, Colonel, US Army, Chief of the Soviet/Warsaw Pact Division of the Directorate for Intelligence Research, arrives at many of the same conclusions. It also finds (a') the driver having slowed the vehicle and endorses a three-shot scenario even while rejecting the notion that JFK was shot from above and behind. (b') Thefirst shot (to the throat) came from the right front, the second (to Connally) from above and behind, and the third (to the right temple) from the front, using a .223 calibre weapon loaded with a mercury-filled bullet. And (c') that a CIA evaluation of Oswald convinced them that he would be the perfect pseudo-defector

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    I dont want to post INFO that is going to get me locked again ,like in link below....but here goes.

    http://www.combatcarry.com/vbulletin...5979#post65979

    I have built mercury filled bullets and It does not work well at all. I filled a standard RUN OF THE MILL lead hollow point with mercury.

    I sealed the top with JB Weld .
    12 hours later after the epoxy should have cured, I found
    I had a silver, not lead-colored bullet and the epoxy
    had fell into the cavity.

    That was the start of my study into "amalgams":
    or the alloys of mercury with other metals.

    Mercury goes into solution with a number of metals at room temperature, lead
    being one of them along with silver, tin, copper, zinc, aluminum, and a host
    of other metals. This is the reason you can use mercury to dissolve any leading
    in your barrels. Dont handle mercury with a gold ring on...you will be sorry.

    Back to the issue, the reason the bullet surface was a bright silvery color
    was that the mercury had migrated along the free surface of the cavity and
    reacted with the fresh lead along the way. I guarantee that if you put mercury
    in a hollow point lead bullet without first coating the lead in some way you will
    wind up with a fairly brittle homogenous bullet that will not "explode" . It will instead fracture.

    I did work out a method to make a mercury filled bullet but why ???? Their is no use for them and they are not that cool anyway, so I will not post the recipe.

    I have some before,after and during "mercury" bullet build pics someplace.

    I think a MUCH better way to go is to use OIL or Grease and fill the hollow point bullet and seal it in.

    Silicone works so-so .

    Their was a commercial .22lr load called hydro-core that used this type of design.

    These hydro type design rounds do work.




    BTW...EXploding bullets work excellent if they are built right(their are many ,many types),they will detonate everytime in gelatin as low as 800 fps and maybe a tad less.

    I think the most INSANE round I have seen was the "LAST GASP" cyanide filled rounds,or maybe the GARLIC filled rounds used in the 1920s by gangsters.

    I say skip ALL the EXOTICS of any type and use GOLD DOTS or RANGER T just my .02
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