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Suppressed .22LR Bolt Action?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by kotengu, Nov 15, 2004.

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  1. kotengu

    kotengu Member

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    I'm getting the idea that it might be pretty handy to have a suppressed .22LR bolt action - not so much for sniping the blue helmets or fending off zombie hordes, but more for general plinking and small game hunting around the property, without bothering the neighbors or scaring off all the game within miles.

    What do I need to know about suppressors (besides the stupid $200 tax stamp)? What do you think about screw-on vs intergrated with the barrel? Who makes good ones, and how do they affect velocity/accuracy?
     
  2. Bubbles

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    http://www.awcsystech.com/77-22.htm

    If your local friendly Chief Law-Enforcement Officer (either Sheriff or Chief of Police) signs off on Form 4's, a good class III dealer can walk you through the process with a minimum of fuss.

    Welcome to NFA. :)
     
  3. Richardson

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    A couple of issues...

    (1) Sound suppressors are illegal in many states. Getting the Federal tax stamp doesn't keep you from felony charges if your state considers it a felony to possess a suppressor.

    (2) Hunting with sound suppressors is illegal in many states. So even if you can legally possess it and put it on a rifle, you might get in serious trouble if caught using it.

    But if it were legal, I think it would be most useful to have a suppressed bolt-action .22lr rifle.

    EDITED TO ADD: To your question about affecting velocity.... YES, if you want it quiet it will greatly affect velocity. With a .22lr rifle, most of the sound is in the supersonic "crack", not in the expanding gasses. You'll need slower ammuntion ("sub-sonic") to get rid of the "crack". I don't know if the suppressor will change the velocity of the bullet, but the velocity of the bullet will affect the suppression of sound.

    Richardson
     
  4. Khornet

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    Easier solution

    use .22 CB longs. From a full-length barrel they sound like a staple gun and are effective on vermin out to 25 yd or more. No legal complications.
     
  5. Richardson

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    THAT is good advice. Other ammuntion to consider includes .22 Short, and the Aguila Colibiri and Aguila SSS. With every one of these reduced velocity rounds, you'll need to sight in for that ammunition. Even at 25 yards these slower bullets drop a lot.

    Richardson
     
  6. Badbunny

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    Around here, I can buy a suppressor for a .22 for about 35 euro, they aren't controlled in any way.

    Sorry, just had to brag a bit.

    I've got a Russian Toz 17 from 1960's suppressed and scoped. It's light, small and fun as hell to shoot. I highly recommend getting one.

    And no, that's not Osama or one of his merry men aiming the thing in the picture.
     
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