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sbitter 03-28-2012 10:53 PM

My dad was talkin about one of his favorite books he used to read as a kid and said In the book the guy drilled his own hollow points and filled them with mercury then sealed the tip with wax. and it apparently makes the bullets expand and release a lot more of its energy. Is this for real or anyone kbow anything about that?

lbwar15 03-28-2012 10:56 PM

I dont know about making it expand but I did see it in a movie. I know that if the initial gun shot dose not kill you the mercury will later on.

GunRunner 03-28-2012 10:57 PM

I saw it in a movie when I was slot younger, the only thing I can say is....... Leave this idea alone, two ways to die, one of which is mercury poisoning.

sbitter 03-28-2012 10:59 PM

don't worry I'm not touching mercury any time soon. Nor would I fire anything like that through my guns

JonM 03-28-2012 11:54 PM

it doesnt do anything like that.

(actually tried it when i was a lot younger and a lot dumber never fired them) the mercury does funky things with lead. mercury will pop out the wax cap since there is nothing in bullet construction that wax will hold onto

couple of issues:

boring out the bullet will make it likely to disintegrate on leaving the gun or fly waaaay off course and impact drastical in the wrong spot.

to be dangerous mercury has to be ingested or skin exposure for a long time. its just a heavy metal like lead. it takes years if not decades for the slightest hint of mercury poisoning to show up from much larger ammounts than what any typical bullet could hold.

carrying poisoned bullets for self defense will land you in prison in any of the 50 (51 states if your ivy league educated) states.

mercury bullets will make a bullet perform worse than just carrying normal HP self defense rounds. there are youtube vids of people testing such things in ballistic gel if you care to hunt them up.

GunRunner 03-29-2012 02:10 AM

It is possible that one could inhale mercury vapor from fired rounds

c3shooter 03-29-2012 02:24 AM

The book was "Day of the Jackal". A professional assassin was trying to take out the President of France, Charles DeGaulle. The stated theory was that the heavy mercury, upon rapid decelleration, would slam forward, blowing the bullet apart.

Total pure fantasy. The author confused mercury, a heavy toxic metal, with fulminate of mercury- a REALLY touchy explosive that USED to be used to make primers, blasting caps, etc.

Durangokid 03-29-2012 04:05 AM

Mercury was used for years to remove lead from gun barrels. Everyone used Mercury to clean guns back in the day. Yes many ended up with health problems.:(

Durangokid 03-29-2012 04:42 AM

Damn after that last post I am getting to Hell out of here.:eek:

Kenney 03-29-2012 01:59 PM

I've heard of people filling JHP with gun powder and sealing it with a primer. I think that be a bit more effective than mercury tipped rounds (although a bit more dangerous).

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