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Unread 09-10-2013, 03:37 PM
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Suppressed or Un-suppressed

Many suppressor manufacturers claim their products can improve accuracy, reduce recoil, last for thousands if rounds, and sometimes even add 10-20 fps to a bullets velocity, but yet i still dont see many long range rigs wearing cans. Is there anyone who uses a suppressor on their long range rifle that can support or disprove these claims?
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Unread 09-10-2013, 04:30 PM
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Re: Suppressed or Un-suppressed

We can't legally hunt with a can here.....So there's no point in sighting in your LR rig with one on.

That's probably the case for alot of why you don't see them on many. Also, the fact that suppressor prices have skyrocketed through the roof in the last couple years, I'm sure has plenty to do with it, too.

To buy a .338 caliber AAC can will run you over $1,500 + $200 stamp + tax on your purchase. That's $1,850 for something that will only drop your decibles down about 40 db. $1,850 will buy alot earplugs.

Don't get me wrong. I love suppressors, and will have a couple someday, when the money gets right....But I also look at the pro's and con's of everything.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 06:49 PM
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Re: Suppressed or Un-suppressed

I see. i keep forgetting the majority of people on this forum live in the north central US. I understand that would be a very expensive purchase for something you have no purpose for. You can always get around the cost by building it yourself, thats what i do.
It still isnt cheap and there is a healthy wait time but its a nice way to get suppressed.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 07:51 PM
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Re: Suppressed or Un-suppressed

Many in our group have echoed that it was the best investment on the rifle. With that it may be a true statement that what you pay is what you get.

We are running Thunder Beast suppressors on 338LM and 260s
SRTs on 338LM and 6.5x47s
And Gemtecs on 6.5x47s

These are used at events, private ranges which is nice at keeping the neighbors content and for hunting.

We have not seen any issues as far as a drop in accuracy, all rifles shoot very well and place very well at events and yes it takes a good shooter.

It is always fun to see the expression on the faces of some when your getting ready to shoot a cold bore event or marksmanship event at 600 to 900 yards and spin the can off or on, switching things around from one rifle to the next while staging and getting ready to shoot. Most folks think you just screwed up your zero or accuracy, nope. A very accurate gun will shoot accurate with or with out.

For hunting itís nice not to have to plug up heavy to protect yourself from the blast off of the muzzle brake on a 338LM, nothing like being in a tall stand all settled in and then bump your hat and then watch your ear plug drop to the bottom 20í below, not anymore.

The sonic crack of the bullet is still in the air around the intended target so if you would miss your target stills hears the crack. If your aim is true then it doesnít matter either way.

As long as you donít get to carried away you can screw the suppressor off and use it on another rifle as long as the caliber does not get larger in diameter. I use my TBAC 338P-1 on my Barrett 338LM and my Custom 260, my son has a TBAC 30P-1 for his 260 and you cannot tell the differences between the two.

Round count on my suppressor between the two rifles is 3240 rounds total, and it still works like new

Some folks claim the barrels get dirty quicker, we have not noticed any major difference from shooting nothing or suppressed.

As stated probably one of the best investments we made

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Unread 09-10-2013, 08:35 PM
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Re: Suppressed or Un-suppressed

I like both suppressed and non suppressed. With most of my rifles the difference is a few clicks of the turret. It's nice to take a youth hunting and instead of worrying about a 243 and a good shot, I can just put the can on a 308 and now have no recoil yet still benefit from the large bore. I've passed a suppressor around a 300win mag, a 308, and a 22-250. All shoot the same or better group size with the can. I love them, and can't think of not having one. But I still shoot with out them. I will say 2 things about them. I would make sure the one I bought was 300win mag rated. Most .30 cal are not. And if I bought another I'd go with a titanium one to reduce weight. Though, Off of a rest like a bipod it does feel pretty balanced. My 2 cents
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Unread 09-10-2013, 09:27 PM
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Re: Suppressed or Un-suppressed

I love running both of my suppressors. Makes shooting at the range with no muffs very enjoyable aswel. Accuracy is still great. Only reall down side for me is the added length/weight mainly on the stainless steel one. The TI one is pretty light.
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Unread 09-10-2013, 10:04 PM
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Re: Suppressed or Un-suppressed

where is the best place to buy a can
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