Suppressing Deer Rifle

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Mencius, Dec 14, 2012.

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  1. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Loudoun County, VA
    true, but a suppressed high power rifle will do LESS hearing damage than unsuppressed.
  2. hq

    hq Member

    May 24, 2011
    In an environment like open field or forest it often is. Suppressed rifle shot is in most cases below 137dB, measured at shooter's ear, which is in medical terms considered the damage limit for impact sound. As some people already mentioned, it's still far less likely to damage your hearing while using any kind of suppressor than shooting without. Rifle suppressors used in hunting average 26-32dB in peak noise reduction.

    The majority of hunters around here seem to think that they're well worth the cost and additional weight and now when suppressors have been legal in hunting for just over 19 years, they seem to gain popularity faster than ever.
  3. Telekinesis

    Telekinesis Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Birmingham, Alabama
    I'd just like to note that those values are for unsuppressed weapons. A good .22 suppressor should reduce the sound signature to roughly between 110-120db depending on factors such as rifle or pistol and which type of suppressor used. A .308 suppressor should reduce the sound signature to around the low to mid 120s for subsonic ammo and should be near the mid 130s for supersonic ammo (measured at the shooter's ear).

    "Hearing safe" is usually considered to be around 130db for impulse sounds.

    As hq said, the environment that you're shooting in has a lot to do with how sound is perceived. If you're shooting in an open field (or even just outside), the weapon will sound much quieter than if you are shooting inside a building where you have lots of flat surfaces to reflect sound back at you.
  4. Swampman

    Swampman Old Fart

    Oct 15, 2011
    East Texas
    Why don't you direct your question to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commissioners that recently voted to approve hunting deer with suppressed weapons?
    They apparently understand even if you don't...

    Aside from cost, prejudice and nonsensical laws, please help me understand why anyone WOULDN'T put a supressor on a deer rifle.

    It's the polite thing to do.

    Do you run straight pipes on your car or ATV?
    Do you enjoy it when others do so?
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