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Casting silver bullets from coins?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I have a question. Does anyone locally cast bullets and can you make silver bullets from old silver coins? Is the silver content high enough in something like a 1922 silver dollar? I would love to have a few silver bullets just for giggles.
     
  2. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member

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    Fighting off those pesky werewolves again, Penguin?
     
  3. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    It's actually more of a Lone Ranger inspired thing, but like any sane person I do worry about werewolves.
     
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  4. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    you will have to be able to concentrate considerable heat to a melting pot, [much hotter than lead] once the melting temp is reached it would melt and pour much like lead. depending on which caliber you are pouring for it could be in the pretty damned spendy range to cast silver bullits.
     
  5. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Silver coinage might be a bit too hard----if you actually intend to shoot them. Maybe something closer to
    pure silver?
     
  6. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    You would have to find someone to make you a mould that can handle the heat. This was talked about on castboolits.gunloads.com. You might check there.
     
  7. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I was hesitant to ask on this forum about fabrication techniques for wooden stakes and the correct mallet to use (regarding impact velocities, penetration characteristics on chest cavities of the undead and such). I guess I shouldn't have been so concerned.
     
  8. halmbarte

    halmbarte PDX Active Member

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    Just fill the hollow of some JHPs with fresh garlic, that will take care of vampires and werewolfs.

    Alternately, fire a wood pencil using a blank for vampires.

    H
     
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  9. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Been there, got the shirt. You well need a quality mold, a cast iron pot and a gas torch. Silver melts at 1571*, coins even higher because of added alloys. Lead melts at 621*.
     
  10. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    The member Westernsky can make your wulfi-boolits.

    He is an ammo manufacturer that specializes in stuff that cannot be bought anywhere else.
     
  11. saxon

    saxon springfield Active Member

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    i like to keep it simple



    Old-vampire-killing-kits09.jpg
     
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  12. iusmc2002

    iusmc2002 Colville, WA Active Member

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    Well duh. You don't need to worry about them 'cause you'll have the silver bullets!
    :laugh:
     
  13. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    not sure how high of a silver content you would want - Oregon Trail / Laser-cast / True Shot bullets have an amount of silver in their alloy. If you are just looking to make them for display that's one thing, but if you are looking to make them and actually shoot them you may want something a little softer than coins. I did find this site all about the history of silver, how it became the choice for werewolves and the quest to make some silver bullets...
    Silver Bullets
     
  14. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    Your coin value will go down. ;)
     
  15. MinnesotaORnewbie

    MinnesotaORnewbie Oregon Active Member

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    not sure if anyone will do it for you, as long as it is american currency, last I heard it was still illegal to melt coinage down, other wise, anyone know of someone who will melt down 200 pounds of the higher copper content pennies
     
  16. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    I don't think pennies are Copper anymore, something closer to pot metal.
     
  17. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    I know just what ya mean, but it is still illegal to melt down us currency, even though it is getting closer to play money all the time. You'll hafta do it yourself, I don't think there will be enough profit to get a real split on 20
     
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    MinnesotaORnewbie Oregon Active Member

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    you are correct, that is why I said "of the higher copper content", that would be before 1982
     
  19. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    This would be fairly simple for a jeweler to make. They use the lost wax system.
     
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  20. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    silver plate copper jacketed bullets