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Old 01-21-2011, 03:28 PM
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How does a suppressor effect long range shooting?

I have one on a 10-22. I love it!!

I have raced dirt track cars my whole life and have a problem with hearing. I love shooting but i grew up shooting without ear muffs or any protection. It is feasable to set up your rifles with suppressors? What is the legality of hunting coyotes and ground hogs and such? I read the Tn hunting manual cover to cover and could not find one thing that said it was illegal.

Also how hard is it to get a barrel threaded? Is that an easy procedure?
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:49 PM
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Re: How does a suppressor effect long range shooting?

Game wardens don't like suppressors, but have the paperwork and they can't touch you. At least that is the consensus in PA. We can use them, but you have to have your permit on hand. You have to pay the state $200 to be investigated, and then given permission should all be right with your life. At that point it is the cost of buying the can. I was told by a smith, I would be looking at $600+ to get the permit and can bought and mounted to my rifle. Threading a barrel is as simple as threading for a muzzle break.

Some guys swear they add accuracy. They also act as a mild break. I have an 18" .308 I would like to put a can on to take the crack out of that one. It is LOUD!!!

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Old 01-21-2011, 04:05 PM
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Re: How does a suppressor effect long range shooting?

I just did a search and found other responses to the same question.

Man I wish I could hook up with one gun buider to help with all these issues that I have but who do you go to?
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:00 PM
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Re: How does a suppressor effect long range shooting?

i have one on my 6.5x47lapua, and love it. shooting at 1k with a really quiet gun is a lot of fun. it will also go on my 280AI when that comes back from the smith.

all states are different, so it's best to talk to someone in your state that can give you a little more info on the legality of hunting with one.

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Old 01-21-2011, 10:52 PM
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Re: How does a suppressor effect long range shooting?

Varmint Hunter Magazine, Issue #75, July 2010, has a great article entitled "Silent Hunter."

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The article addresses licensing, ownership, and legal use for each state which varies greatly.

a few noteworthy points made by the author...

Even when suppressed, there will be a sonic "crack" if the bullet exceeds the speed of sound.

Suppressors have been shown to add 30 to 50 fps due to added barrel length.

Recoil is often reduced by up to 50%.

David Whitson (Untitled Page) makes them in nearby Plano, TX. He let my 14yo son shoot his suppressed 308 at the range. It was awesome!

IMHO - They are definitely worth looking into if you shoot a lot.

--richard
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:24 AM
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Re: How does a suppressor effect long range shooting?

Rscott summed it up pretty well…. And by all means check the laws in your state. That being said:

Once you shoot a rifle with a can, it is hard to go back to a rifle without a can, or worse yet a muzzle brake. A good can may cause a shift in your zero; however, it should be a repeatable shift… thus, once you re-zero you are good to go. Additionally it smooths out the recoil without the muzzle blast.

All in all – I run cans on all of my long range rigs & I have found them to increase the accuracy. The only downside to a can is the initial cost & waiting for the BATF approval.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:47 AM
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Re: How does a suppressor effect long range shooting?

Those rules are just nuts. Even here in the UK, where the gun laws are draconian at best, we are encouraged to use moderators. The most common reason stated is the preserving of the shooter's and other's hearing.





I'd never want to hunt without one. An advantage not commonly stated is that the deer are often confused and unsure where the shot came from. This often allows you to drop a 2nd or even 3rd deer before they bolt.
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