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On the use of suppressors (silencers) during deer season.. What do y'all think? Couple states are trying to pass legislation on it.
 

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i got a friend who knows how to make a home made one for a .22 out of a soda can and stirafoam
That is a felony unless it is registered.

p.s. the only problem is that they r 100% illegal in all states
Very untrue. Suppressors are illegal in some states, but in many they are perfectly legal. You need to pay the $200 tax stamp because it is a NFA (Nation Firearms Act) item and go through an extensive background check, the whole process takes around 3 or so months. Same thing goes with short barreled firearms and full auto firearms.



To answer the OP's questions - I think it is a great idea. I rarely ever wear ear protection when deer hunting so a suppressor would help on saving my hearing. I also wouldn't scare off every deer in the area when I shoot.
 

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It would make a mess of the balance on a rifle...

The idea of shooting without wrecking your hearing is appealing but I really like a rifle that balances nice. Hanging a couple of pounds of metal off the end of the barrel is going to screw that up. When I have been sucessful on Deer and Elk even when it required a second shot a suppressor wasn't needed. The action cycling alerts the Deer where you are. A suppressor from what I understand reduce the blast noise of the escaping powder, you still have the balistic crack of the supersonic bullet.
The Military loves them but nobody is locating us by the blast and flash to shoot back at us.

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Personally I like it just for the hearing protection. I agree that an added on silencer is awkward. However if a hunting rifle was designed with a silencer from the start and it was incorporated into the gun itself, it could be a very nice and practical rifle. I have seen such things in assault rifles where they are trying to make them shorter. The silencer and the barrel are more of a single unit. It wouldn't have to be perfectly quiet either, just dampened enough so that it doesn't damage your hearing. If we had been allowed to use them all these years I'm sure that there would already be such rifles on the market today. To me, outlawing silencers on hunting rifles makes about as much sense as outlawing mufflers on cars. Outlawing silencers doesn't stop the poaching. If someone is going to poach an animal and doesn't want to be heard, they will use a .22 or a bow. They may as well let us legally hunt animals without either damaging our hearing or walking through the woods with ear plugs in (which isn't very safe either).
 

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I'll have to think on this one. My first thought is I want to know where the shot came from, but then if I don't hear anything then did it really matter? Don't really know it's an interesting debate. :confused:
 

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yes and no. On a wma I would not like it cuz as stated before,I like to know were shots come from on public land. Now on a private lease or hunt club were you know were everybody is at sound like a good thing.Also for night hunting hogs I like it. so people that dont know what is going on wont be calling the warden or cops about somebody shooting at night
 

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They are pretty neat. I think they would be useful in deer season! Say you miss? They might not even hear you or know where it's coming from atleast

Well if you miss,, then the bullet goes past the deer and they can actually HEAR it hit a tree, fence, ground, etc... So they typically freeze for a moment b/c they don't know which way to run. They hear the blast, but then they hear the bullet hit....
 

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Some good posts on here. Just wanted to add alittle knowledge for those who might not be familiar with them.

Hiram Maxim developed the "silencer " to muffle the sound of internal combustion engines, and at the same time developed the firearm suppressor.

Without shooting a sub sonic load, they are by no means "Hollywood" quiet. What they do , with standard ammo, is reduce the decibles at the muzzle. Most ear plugs are good to reduce heard noise @ 32 decibles. A decent suppressor will take @35 decibles off at the muzzle.

The super sonic "crack" is still heard, but down range. And you can not tell what direction the shot came from.
 
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