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Surpressor on ruger American?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Csinn, Nov 29, 2022.

  1. Csinn

    Csinn Member

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    Is it possible to mount a surpressor on a ruger American 7mm08? If so where is a good spot to buy one from? I can’t find any stores out here in Oregon unless I’m missing one.
     
  2. 792mauser

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    The Ruger American predator in 7-08 comes with a threaded barrel.

    No clue on where to find one though.
     
  3. LocoGringo

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    Silencer Central is a good place to start. They have their own line of suppressors and after the process is finished and you're approved (assuming), they ship the suppressor straight to your house. They also guide you through the entire process.

    The Silencer Shop is another good place to look. They have variety, but must ship your suppressor to a local shop to you.

    Whatever you do, make sure you do your homework and know what you want.

    Edit to add: I thought you were asking about where to get a suppressor...didn't even think you might be asking where to get the rifle. My apologies if I was wrong about what you were asking.
     
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  4. Csinn

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    I don’t do a lot of hunting mostly target practice, I am moving to the country but still have houses pretty close and am trying to limit the complaints and hearing loss. I just bought the 08, shot a 7mm rem mag and that was way too noisy, I know an 08 won’t be quite that loud but want to keep the peace. Just want one that could tone it down a bit
     
  5. LocoGringo

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    To keep disappointment to a minimum, have you ever heard a suppressor live? I was disappointed the first time I shot my new suppressor as I was expecting Hollywood quiet. I never heard a suppressor in real life and had unreasonably high expectations. They have since grown on me and I have 5 and another on the way. How long is the barrel on the Ruger?

    Most suppressors reduce noise by about 32-35 decibels and a gunshot is around 160...do the math and they're still loud.

    I have a Bergara B14 7mm-08 with a 22" barrel and am using a 7" suppressor on it. Because I've taken it to a range, I have to use hearing protection no matter what, but it has reduced the recoil considerably (I know there's not a lot with 7mm-08) and there is much less blast.

    Good luck with your research and eventual purchase!
     
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    I don't know how much experience you have with suppressors, but things to consider besides just decibel reduction are:
    1. materials
    2. weight
    3. mounting method (direct thread vs. muzzle device/quick detach)
    4. cost
    5. size
    6. intended use
    7. potential point of impact shift

    Figure all that out first and it should point you in the right direction for getting the suppressor you want.
     
  7. Csinn

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    I have no experience so this is very helpful, I just want to get it down to about .22wmr unsurpressed if I can.
     
  8. LocoGringo

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    Keep in mind, you absolutely cannot reduce the noise created by the sonic crack of supersonic ammunition. I'm no expert, but I believe getting it to unsuppressed .22 wmr is doable. The bigger the volume of the suppressor, the more it reduces the noise created by the explosion exiting the barrel. Generally, a 9" suppressor reduces more noise than a 7" suppressor.

    As a starting point, the most recent suppressor I bought (and am waiting on the process to finish) is the Banish 30 from Silencer Central. It has the flexibility of being 9" or 7". For maximum noise reduction I can use the 9" configuration and for handiness in the woods I can use the 7" configuration. I plan on using the 7" configuration most, but I like that I can make it 9".

    Again, good luck and enjoy the learning process, because it is a process!
     
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  9. greyling22

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    that should be fairly reasonable. unless you buy a super short "K" can. but any 30 cal can thats 7-8" long should be roughly that loud. as far as threading and suppressing your american, the barrel is very thin, and not really suitable for threading. it can be done, but you might find it is more cost effective to sell it and buy a predator version that is already threaded. (and after I write that, I went to ruger's website to find the sku to find one for you, and the predator 7mm-08 ONLY comes in left hand. how bizarre. )

    so I recently had a browning xbolt threaded. it was too thin at the 22" mark to thread 5/8x24, so I had it cut back to 17" and threaded that. you could also probably get away with threading it 1/2x28, then installing a muzzle device like a brake that will take a 30 cal can.
     
  10. MachIVshooter

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    Oh, we can get at ear levels well below that of a .22 WMR unsuppressed using well made full size rifle cans. More like 24" barrel .22 LR. Our 1.6x8" Accipiter 30 puts down 128 dB at shooter's ears on a 20" .308 with 150 gr ball ammo. That's 3rd party metered on the B&K Pulse system. Other top teir cans of similar size perform similarly.

    The crack of supersonic rounds varies tremendously, though. 115 gr 9mm rounds are actually more offensive than high velocity rifle bullets. The shockwaves propagate differently and at different distances from the shooter with slower, larger, more blunt bullets. 10mm Auto with the wide, typically truncated cone bullet shape is just awful. Meanwhile, .17 Rem with its tiny, aerodynamic and extremely fast projectile exhibits very little crack to the shooter.

    Environment matters, too, whether or not that sound is reflected. If there are nearby land features, rocks, trees or especially structures to reflect the sound, you're gonna perceive higher levels than in a wide open field.

    130 dB as a constant noise is very loud, of course. But not so much as a few millisecond impulse noise. Think of it in the vein of swiping your hand over a flame quickly versus holding it there.

    Semi auto hosts with port noise and piston pop are another matter, gas operated rifles simply won't get below the high 130s dB range if they're cycling, most will be in the 140s. But this thread is about bolt actions, so I won't get into that further.
     
  11. Csinn

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    I guess I’ve never shot an 08. How does it compare to say a 12 guage out of 18” barrel or 26”? They don’t care if I shoot those a couple times just not a bunch in a row
     
  12. Demi-human

    Demi-human maybe likes firearms a little bit…

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    My only reference is a 300Blackout. I found it more pleasant, to my uncalibrated slightly busted hearing, than my VR-80, which rang me good hunting in a five shot opportunity one time. I switched back to a O/U.

    I was surprised to learn that a comfortable 12g was just as loud as a painful 9mm to my ears. Tone is everything for me. High pitches hurt.

    From a neighbor stated point, the echoing boom is the annoying part. I never hear the crack of the bullet from the neighbor down the trail. But I know it’s an SKS, from the ten round mags, and it isn’t a 30-06.


    A suppressor is always worth it, in my humble opinion.
     
  13. MachIVshooter

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    The report of a high powered rifle is a considerably louder and sharper crack than shotguns. 4-5 times the chamber pressure, and a heck of a lot less attenuation than you get in barrels with 3/4" bores.
     
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