Hunting w/ suppressor or break and ear pro?

Shakeypete

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I am new to the precision rifle world and have built a Rem 700 in 300 RUM. It currently has a break on it and man is it LOUD. When I was hunting bear last year I would bring soft ear protection for both me and whoever I was hunting with.

I also have no experience with supressors and was hoping to get the opinion of those that hunt with them regularly. How easy are they to maneuver in the field? I like my break but dread the day I forget to put my ear plugs in and send a round down range.

Anyone's opinion on hunting big game with either is appreciated and thanks in advance!
 

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I am new to the precision rifle world and have built a Rem 700 in 300 RUM. It currently has a break on it and man is it LOUD. When I was hunting bear last year I would bring soft ear protection for both me and whoever I was hunting with.

I also have no experience with supressors and was hoping to get the opinion of those that hunt with them regularly. How easy are they to maneuver in the field? I like my break but dread the day I forget to put my ear plugs in and send a round down range.

Anyone's opinion on hunting big game with either is appreciated and thanks in advance!
There are some very effective brakes which are easy on the ears. The Snowy Mountain Rifles break is one, the Gentry Quiet brake is another, and the Nortwest Precision is yet another.

I own multiples of all three and have on quite a few occasions had to make a quick shot without ear protection or just flat forgot to put my "ears on" when using those brakes without any major damage.

I've shot suppressed and love it but I'm not willing to put myself on the Fed's radars by purchasing one.
 

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[FONT=&quot]Suppressors are very good to shoot with both due to noise- and recoil reduction. They are very common in our part of the world, but I wouldn't recommend them on a rifle with more than 22' barrel - length ... In your case with a very powerful .300 RUM and the necessary bbl’, it's surely better to go braked. Otherwise, you will lose manoeuvrability and add too much weight.[/FONT]
 

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I say roll with the suppressor. I did exactly what you fear 2yrs ago on an antelope with my 6.5wsm.... Lots of powder + Brake + no ear pro.... I WIlLL NOT be doing that again...

If it weren't for the wait time i'd have 3 or 4 or more suppressors in my safe... they aren't that expensive but I just can't stand the thought of waiting 3/4 of a year to get it.

If you decide to keep the brake, look at the electronic ear pro. You don't have to worry about forgetting to put your plugs in like I did. If you decide to roll with a muffler, do your homework. With some cans big magnums like the RUM require a minimum barrel length to avoid damaging your can...



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When I have the option I always shoot corked. Why wouldn't I when the benefits are so high? from 22 on up. And the tax stamp time frame is getting better also. Last one I purchased was an osprey45 and from purchase to my door was 4 1/2 months. not to shabby.
 

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I have been shooting a thunder beast 338 suppresor on my 338 norma and 7-300 weatherby. They do not affect accuracy and you can shoot without ear protection. Downside is 26 oz of weight and the extra length they add. They are coming out with a new ultra can that is shorter and only weighs about 13 oz and i believe is rated up to 300rum. I always shoot suppressed when I can now, even 223 bolt gun for coyotes.
 

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There are some very effective brakes which are easy on the ears. The Snowy Mountain Rifles break is one, the Gentry Quiet brake is another, and the Nortwest Precision is yet another.

I own multiples of all three and have on quite a few occasions had to make a quick shot without ear protection or just flat forgot to put my "ears on" when using those brakes without any major damage.

I've shot suppressed and love it but I'm not willing to put myself on the Fed's radars by purchasing one.
If that is your tab in the picture, you are already on their radar. 11X is one that gets a extra close peeky-poo.
 

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If that is your tab in the picture, you are already on their radar. 11X is one that gets a extra close peeky-poo.
If you don't think any of your online activity isn't "monitored" then you are fooling yourself. Knives, guns, ammo, credit card usage, phone records, class 3 license holders etc. So unless you are willing to go live "off the grid" it is a useless argument for why not to own/use suppressors, full auto or SBR. I want to enjoy life and operate under the assumption that everything is monitored/recorded. But I'm not going to live under a rock by candle light. Are you?
 

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If that is your tab in the picture, you are already on their radar. 11X is one that gets a extra close peeky-poo.
What I'm not willing to open myself up to the the microscopic anal exam that comes with it.

As soon as you pay the tax you are opening yourself up to "inspections" at any time" during which your whole collection will be cataloged.

I'm not one of the tin foil hat brigade types but having close friends working for both the DEA and ATF I know how to keep off of the radar.
 

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Paying a tax for a nfa item does not open you up to inspections at any time. A tax stamp is not the same as having a ffl or class 3 license, those can be inspected during normal business hours. I am pretty sure that if you own a nfa item with the proper stamp you can only be inspected voluntarily or with a warrant and that has to be specific about what they are looking for. Maybe anyone that has a stamp or a chl is on a list, even buying a hunting license could put you on a list. I will not live my life afraid of what THEY might do.
 

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I went to a suppressor a few years ago and don't shoot without them now. No accuracy issues and all are direct thread. Length becomes more the issue over weight while hunting , I run a shorter barrel and try to burn a faster powder.
I get the whole ATF issues, if you have a SS # they are already looking at you. I know no one who has had the ATF show up because they had a registered item, but plenty that have had the IRS show up. Don't kid yourself they know who you are and what you have, so stop worrying and enjoy.
 

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