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Using a silver bullet in monster mythology


Little do most people know that the silver bullet is supposed to be just as effective on vampires and other evil creatures created by evil supernatural forces. In other ancient legends, a werewolf can also be killed by wooden weapons, such as the usual wooden arrow to the chest.

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At the gunshop the proprietor tells uncle Red that newly-minted silver bullet should be accurate. That is not true, not after I watched an episode of "Myth Busters". The testers fired silver bullets out of a lever action rifle. The accuracy was poor. The problem is, silver is harder than lead. It doesn't grip the barrel rifling adequately. To fire silver bullets accurately, a firearm's barrel would need different rifling, deeper lands and grooves. However, at very close range, a silver bullet would have enough accuracy to hit what it was aimed at, estimating 25 feet or so, which in the werewolf movies, is within the range usually when encountering a werewolf.

Also, in the movie Marty kills the werewolf with the silver bullet through its remaining good eye. The .44 magnum bullet should have exited the werewolf's head, making a gory mess in the process. This is not shown.

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Hollywood, films in general, are their own way of telling and re-telling stories; it's only natural that they would have their own set of mythos when they need new ideas for stories to tell. Just my opinion.

Boingo

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Little do most people know that the silver bullet is supposed to be just as effective on vampires and other evil creatures created by evil supernatural forces. In other ancient legends, a werewolf can also be killed by wooden weapons, such as the usual wooden arrow to the chest.

TRIVIA:

At the gunshop the proprietor tells uncle Red that newly-minted silver bullet should be accurate. That is not true, not after I watched an episode of "Myth Busters". The testers fired silver bullets out of a lever action rifle. The accuracy was poor. The problem is, silver is harder than lead. It doesn't grip the barrel rifling adequately. To fire silver bullets accurately, a firearm's barrel would need different rifling, deeper lands and grooves. However, at very close range, a silver bullet would have enough accuracy to hit what it was aimed at, estimating 25 feet or so, which in the werewolf movies, is within the range usually when encountering a werewolf.

Also, in the movie Marty kills the werewolf with the silver bullet through its remaining good eye. The .44 magnum bullet should have exited the werewolf's head, making a gory mess in the process. This is not shown.
Agree with you here. Silver does not make good bullets, unless you are either the Lone Ranger or are going after werewolves.

This is also true as well, although it might have been a bit involved to create the special effects. Or maybe they did not want to gross people out.

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This was explained more in the book - the gunshop owner adjusted the powder load and casing to better handle the silver, and specifically asked for a report on whether or not it was as effective as he thought it would be.

I'be never seen MythBusters, but Google informs me that they made a bullet with silver instead of lead, following the standard measurements and load for lead. That definitely wouldn't work.

The book also mentions that the lower powder load necessary for the silver bullet to be accurate created a subdued noise, like a cap gun popping, instead of a real gun firing. I think it's safe to assume that in order for the silver bullet to be accurate, it had to be much less powerful than a normal 45.

Sorry for the late reply, but just found this streaming and hadn't seen it since I was a kid, so I had to jump into IMDB.

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Long time responding but I have a problem with this explanation. They make steel bullets for the same guns as lead bullets and they fire just as accurately. Steel is much harder than either silver or lead.

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