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Old 12-22-2014, 11:25 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Texas finally made it legal to hunt with a suppressed gun, so after thinking about it for, oh, 30 seconds, I set up a Gun Trust and ordered my first rifle suppressor.....

The host - a Remington 700 BDL in 7mm mag. Silencer - a Saker 7.62. Quick-connect install, so I'll be able to use it on other rifles as well.

Most folks recomment against suppressing the 7mm mag, because it's a supersonic round and therefore doesn't "silence" effectively. Well, they're correct.....to a point. It's definitely STILL going to be heard - but mostly because of the round going supersonic - the "crack" is still quite pronounced. Thing is, I took an 8-point buck Saturday morning with a doe grazing 10-15 yards away from him......and she never even stopped grazing!

One of the BIG benefits, however, isn't the sound reduction - it's the RECOIL reduction! It took the shoulder-hammer out of that beast - it's now closer to that of a .243. I had a friend at the lease try it for himself - standing 6-8 feet behind him, I was amazed at the reduction in noise signature - HE was ecstatic over the recoil reduction - enough so that he intends to order a suppressor for his .308 for this next season.

So.......if you've wondered about whether mounting a suppressor is really all it's cracked up to be, I can only tell you that for me, it definitely is something I'd happily do again. Actually, I have - I picked up my 2nd suppressor today, for one of my .45's - an Octane 45 HD. Still in the process of deciding on the host gun - it's been made somewhat harder by the fact that most of my .45's are either collector/more expensive, or "truck gun" grade guns I've acquired to do some evaluating on for my website. At this point, though, I'm leaning towards mounting it on a STI "Lawman" 5".
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:34 AM
 
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Texas. Yee Haw!!!
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:16 AM
Status: "Gone hunting until December!" (set 22 days ago)
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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7mm mag = a "shoulder beast"?

Chuckle-snort..

Last edited by Threerun; 12-23-2014 at 07:07 AM..
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:13 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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7mm mag = a "shoulder beast"?

Chuckle-snort..
It's not a .22, nor a 300 mag - but it DOES get your attention.
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Old 12-23-2014, 08:11 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Well, to be honest I've shot at Deer where I've missed the first shot and they just stand there staring. Usually happens next to a lake that has duck hunting so they hear it all day long.
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:39 AM
Status: "Gone hunting until December!" (set 22 days ago)
 
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It's not a .22, nor a 300 mag - but it DOES get your attention.
It's about the same as .30-06 with 180 gr ammo. It's hardly a shoulder-beast, lol.
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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It's all about finances with me... right now I don't have the $$$$ to get a suppressor in this country. You can get them for a few hundred dollars or less in other countries, but not this one. Other than that, I would have suppressors mounted on all my hunting guns.

I also agree that firing supersonic rounds through a suppressor is a long way from pointless. No suppressor will fully deaden the shot to TV "pew pew" levels unless you have a non-semi-auto .22LR. The goal isn't complete silence, or even necessarily the ability to fire multiple shots without spooking game. The goal is to get it down so you don't permanently damage your hearing every time you fire. The reduced recoil is also a huge bonus.
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:16 AM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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I always wear ear-pro even when shooting suppressed. It turns my M4 into a .22, sound-level wise. The main benefit to me is that it KILLS concussion. Especially on my SBRs.
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:52 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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At the range, I'm 100% ear protection. Out hunting, not so much, mainly because it masks other sounds that may be being made (another party in our group in distress, etc).

Three run......the results are in, and yeah - as suspected your constipation is being caused by your head being in the exit.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:17 AM
Status: "Gone hunting until December!" (set 22 days ago)
 
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At the range, I'm 100% ear protection. Out hunting, not so much, mainly because it masks other sounds that may be being made (another party in our group in distress, etc).

Three run......the results are in, and yeah - as suspected your constipation is being caused by your head being in the exit.
Well then....

7mm Rem. Mag. (175 at 2870) 9lb (rifle weight) 21.7 (recoil energy) 12.5 (recoil velocity)

.30-06 Spfd. (180 at 2700) 8.0覧覧覧覧 20.3--------------------12.8
.45-70 (350 at 1900) 7.0覧覧覧覧-37.9---------------------18.7
338 Win. Mag. (225 at 2780) 8.5-----------------35.2 --------------------16.3

I have a .30-06 and a 45-70 guide gun. I owned a .338 WinMag Sako and will more than likely get another. Out of curiosity- How much did your 'shoulder beast' tamer set you back?
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