Monday, April 25, 2011

The Lone Ranger is a very wealthy man.

Jim at The Travis McGee Reader thought about silver bullets for a .45, checked today's spot price, noodled with the calculator, and came to this conclusion:
It is cheaper to feed the werewolves.
Thanks, Helicopter Ben!
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25 comments:

pax said...

Hmmm, I wonder how MHI is handling the current silver prices?

WV: foockers. I am sooo disappointed this didn't show up on one of the political posts!

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

"I wonder how MHI is handling the current silver prices?"

Silver jacketed rounds? You could probably get it down to about $5/round that way.

Mister_V said...

http://www.fusionbeads.com/shop/product/32075/

Could just epoxy one of these into a standard JHP. Still damn pricey, but less than $22 a round.

DirtCrashr said...

How thick does the silver need to be? With a Vacuum Magnetron Sputtering machine you could spread that pretty thin. 10nm is what they use on DVD's.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Could be liquified, like they did in the Underworld movies, but then you'd be hampered with using Single Shot Trank Guns. Probably just be cheaper to dip Broad Heads into a melting pot and coat them. Thank Crom good Compound Bows and Cross bows are relatively cheap.

og said...

Imagine having to load for something substantial, like a 750 Nitro or a big 2 bore.

Paul said...

As I recall from the Old Lone Rangers, he has is own mine for the silver and each bullet was hand cast from the mine. Seems it had something to do with his being saved by Tonto, which is why he was always around.

If I had my own silver mine I would probably use it in bullets as well. Then I could shoot the eco weenies digging it out of the backstop.

I am sure if the Lone Ranger still rode, he would be fighting them in every episode.

Tam said...

Og,

Then just be glad they're Werewolves and not Wereindricotheres.

Silver 2 pounder shells could get spendy. :)

Old NFO said...

Good one! And Paul is correct about the Lone Ranger's backstory... But I did see some really neat silver bullets at the NRA museum last month!

John B said...

Well I have a few silver bullets around, if I gotta shoot something with them, I'll be like Chris Rock.
"I believe you got my property!", and remove it from their ass.

I don't care about the mystical properties of silver, If I shoot something with a bullet half as long as a AA battery, and as big around.
Hey Michael Landon! Your ass will have wheel weight, and be happy about it! I don't need any .54 caliber for that skinny red headed Brit, or his Yank counterpart in Being Human... As for Jacob, I might have to go to .32.

I'll still leave Edward for Buffy.

Actually I'll drive them around in the limo, and let them nosh on the guys at the intersection holding cardboard signs.

WV:nastrsia Nasty Grrls?

Gewehr98 said...

Expensive is a relative term. Be glad there's nothing out there needin' killin' with gold bullets, now trading at $1,500/ounce.

WV = "colocop" I could've swore that's what my flight surgeon was, the way she handled my yearly prostate exam...

Tam said...

I'm hoping it's a plague of vampires, now. I can grow my own wood and garlic. :)

Don said...

Silly, corporations don't pay silver prices. They pass that on to the consumers . . . .

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

And how pure does the silver have to be?

Remember a while back when folks were trying to cast silver bullets, just to see if they could. The experiment failed pretty universally. THe casting was a shrivelled little thing due to shrinkage.

I think the way to go is to cast over size and used a lathe to turn it down to the desired bullet shape and size.

Kristopher said...

Silver doesn't cast well, it shrinks too much when it cools.

You should hand turn the projectiles, or swage them hydraulically.

Ed Foster said...

Add 8% tin and 6% antimony. 86% silver should do the job and get the price down under $20.

Anonymous said...

FYI, in the book MHI puts silver balls into the cavities of regular JHPs, which was basically what Mister_V said. They also plate the buckshot.

Also, I remember seeing a Mythbusters episode where they made silver bullets like the lone Ranger did and tested them out.

They were too light to penetrate effectively (at the relatively slow velocity of a .45 Colt round, and the silver was too hard to properly engage the rifling.

Tam said...

Don Gwinn wins.

Anonymous said...

Feh, just plate some JHP and be happy you don't have to dig it out on use.

And yes, if you didn't buy silver when it was less than $20/oz? Just keep holding what you have, it hasn't come anywhere near its peak yet.

Gmac

Anonymous said...

Silver bullets give you that excuse to cut the evidence out.

The Lone Ranger didn't need penetration, he only shot the gun out of the bad guy's hand.

Firehand said...

Friend who's a gunsmith and used to be a jeweler and I were thinking of casting some silver bullets, but we'd have used his casting centrifuge; trying to do it with a standard bullet mold wouldn't work worth a damn.

Anonymous said...

Since casting silver bullets doesn't work I wonder if silver buckshot would be the way to go.

Hmmm, let's see. A 12 gauge 1 Oz silver buck load. That's an easy one. Cost would be almost 50.00 for each round. Ouch, looks like the werewolves are getting off easy this year. LOL

I might shell out 50.00 for the enjoyment of shooting a Twilight series broody teen werewolf. Be worth every penny. Aw what the heck. A whole box of shells would only be 1250.00 and it would make for a fun afternoon.

Anonymous said...

Is Helicopter Ben related to Chopper Dave?

Stephanie Belser said...

$25 per bullet was about what I figured when I wrote this bit of flash fiction.

Ed Foster said...

I'm amazed at how cheap gasoline has become. The Russians, Africans, Arabs, and Venezualans who set the prices must really be running scared. I looked up the price of gold and price of gasoline in October 2008, just before Obama was elected, and discovered that an ounce of gold would buy 253 gallons of gas. Run the numbers. $737 per ounce of gold and $2.92 per gallon of 87 octane equals 253 gallons of weasel juice.

Today, gold is $1,510 an ounce and gas is $4.00. That equals a bit over 377 gallons of gas for the same one ounce gold coin. A 49% difference.

Gold hasn't gone up, the dollar and Euro have sunk 49% in 30 months, due to governments running the printing presses non-stop to maintain the bubble wanted by their investor friends on Wall Street and the London and German stock exchanges. That's a 49% decrease in the real value, the purchasing power, of your home and savings account, your IRA or 401k.

The Federal government has been doctoring the published inflation rate by exempting anything strongly effected by dollar devaluation, or the papers would be screaming about inflation rate higher than we've seen since brain-dead Jimmy Carter and his party of loons gave us 17% back in the late 1970's. Oddly, that was the last time we had a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress.

It takes a lot to make George W. Bush look good, but Prez Barry Bumbles has managed. I only hope Pawlenty is made of the same stuff as Ronald Reagan. He will have one hell of a job straightening out this mess.