A Review of the Best 30 Cal Suppressors in 2023
The thirty caliber rifle round has been a staple for American sport shooters and military since the 1890’s. No matter if you are shooting the classic .30-30, or some newer high powered magnum, one thing is for sure: 30 caliber cartridges aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Which leaves one asking what is the best 30 cal suppressor? What makes the best 30 cal suppressor? And why are all 30 cal suppressors not created equal?
Let’s dive right in and start looking at the wonderful and sometimes confusing world of 30 cal suppressors.
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QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR IN A .30 CAL SUPPRESSOR
No two people will want the same things out of a .30 cal suppressor. Some want a user-serviceable suppressor no matter the cost. Others want the best .308 suppressor and don’t plan to use it as a multi-caliber suppressor. Even the idea of the best .30 cal suppressor for the money is sometimes hard to pin down.
We know from nearly two decades of silencer sales what sells best for us and our customers. For instance, there is one .30 cal suppressor we simply cannot keep in inventory because it is so popular. They fly off the shelves just as fast as we can stock them. (And as fast as the ATF processes the Form 4.) There is another that is widely sold because of a lower price point that hits a combination of price and performance for budget-minded shoppers. And we’ve got a user-serviceable .30 cal suppressor that is also the industry leader for multi-caliber suppressors.
All of these .30 cal suppressors are “the best” for our customers for many different reasons from price to performance. So we’ve approached the idea of choosing the .30 cal suppressor that is right for you based on a few different design and price features.
Our best overall .30 cal suppressor is based on sales numbers, features, and adaptability. We use similar objective criteria focused on consumer demand and published specs to determine the leading .30 cal suppressor in other categories as well. So let’s go ahead and start digging into this so you can decide what the best .30 cal suppressor is for you and your rifle!
|Best Overall .30 Cal Suppressor||BANISH .30 & BANISH .30 GOLD||.17 to .300 RUM||10-13 ounces depending on model and configuration||7-9" depending on model and configuration||34 dB||$999 BANISH 30
$1699 BANISH 30 GOLD
|Best User-Serviceable .30 Cal Suppressor||BANISH .30||.17 to .300 Wbv||11.2-14.3 ounces depending on model and configuration||7-9" depending on model and configuration||34 dB||$999|
|Best .30 Cal Suppressor for Your Money||Coastal Guns 30 Cal LRT||7.62||28 ounces||8.25”||30 dB||$550|
|Best .308 Suppressor||SilencerCo Omega 300||5.56-.300 Winchester Magnum||14.7-16.3 ounces||6.2-7.82”||32 dB||$1130|
|Best 7.62 Suppressor||Dead Air Sandman||.17 Hornet to 300 Winchester Magnum||17.7 ounces||6.8”||variable based on gun and caliber||$1049|
|Best .30 Cal Suppressor for Hunting||BANISH Backcountry||Up to 300 RUM||7.8 ounces||5.5”||35 dB||$1099|
BEST OVERALL .30 CAL SUPPRESSOR: BANISH 30 AND BANISH 30 GOLD
We are quite proud of our BANISH 30 and BANISH 30 Gold suppressors. Now you might think it’s cheating to put our own product here, but since we literally designed them to be the best overall .30 cal suppressor, we feel confident putting them where our engineers intended.
Designed to be a user-serviceable .30 cal suppressor that is also a multi-caliber suppressor, BANISH suppressors come in two popular configurations. The BANISH 30 is our ever-popular, all-titanium .30 cal suppressor for hunting or any other end-use.
The BANISH 30 Gold is more for the tactical rifle crowd. It features all the great advantages of the standard BANISH 30 while adding a quick detach feature and built for people with tactical and semi-auto hunting rifles.
Both of the BANISH 30 suppressors offer the same incredible 34 dB sound reduction, making them hearing safe on a huge number of common rifle cartridges, and both are rated for .17 rimfire to .300 Remington Ultra Mag. Plus they are user-serviceable, all titanium, and multi-caliber. This makes the BANISH 30 line our best overall .30 cal suppressor, hands down.
- True multi-caliber suppressor
- Lightweight titanium construction
- 34 dB sound reduction on .308
- May be too expensive for some shooters
- User serviceable, multi-caliber design adds complexity some may not want
- May not fully safely suppress the most powerful .30 magnum rounds, still requiring ear protection
- Caliber: .17 to .300 RUM
- Weight: 10-13 ounces depending on model and configuration
- Length: 7-9” depending on model and configuration
- Sound reduction: 34 dB
- Price: $979 (BANISH 30) or $1699 (BANISH 30 Gold)
BEST USER-SERVICEABLE .30 CAL SUPPRESSOR: BANISH 30
The idea of a user-serviceable suppressor is half consumer choice, half practicality, and just a dash of mythology.
The truth is most any rifle suppressor generates enough pressure to be mostly self-cleaning. That means any carbon, carbon, or copper fouling generally gets blasted out with each shot before it can build up. That means even a .30 cal suppressor that isn’t user-serviceable could be cleaned with a bath in solvent and a brush.
What this means to most shooters is a user-serviceable .30 cal suppressor isn’t really needed, but we know that some people prefer a more “hands-on” approach. These people like to take their suppressors apart and clean them, but a lot of .30 cal suppressors are sealed and welded units. So what is the best user-serviceable .30 cal suppressor? Well again, we are really fond of the BANISH 30 because most of the other .30 cal suppressors we sell are all sealed units or not really user-serviceable.
Plus, the sound performance and lightweight construction are also great selling points.
- Fully user-serviceable
- Higher cost compared to some sealed stainless steel competitors
Specs: BANISH 30
- Caliber: .17 to .300 Wby
- Weight: 11.2 or 14.3 ounces depending on configuration
- Length: 7-9” depending on model and configuration
- Sound reduction: 34 dB
- Price: $979
BEST .30 CAL SUPPRESSOR FOR YOUR MONEY: COASTAL GUNS 30 CAL LRT
If cost is your bottom line for choosing a suppressor, the good news is you do not have to sacrifice quality for price. There are many suppressors built for the budget-friendly market. Of course, when you choose price as your primary concern, there are things that have to give. You’ll get a heavier suppressor, it may not be as quiet as other .30 cal suppressors, and it probably isn’t something you want to use on a rapid-fire competition course where it can quickly overheat. But for most people who want a .30 cal suppressor for hunting, range use or the like, then we are pleased to offer the Coastal Guns 30 Cal LRT.
Priced at just $550, the LRT is a simple, basic .30 cal suppressor that gets the job done without any price-increasing bells, whistles or bleeding edge engineering. Is it the quietest .30 cal suppressor? No. Nor is it the lightest or most configurable. But it does make shooting your favorite .308 rifle hearing safe, and in the end, that’s all a lot of folks want.
- Most inexpensive .30 cal suppressor we sell
- Makes most common hunting rounds hearing-safe
- Completely redesigned by Coastal Guns
- Heavy compared to other .30 cal suppressors
- Only 30 dB sound reduction – may not make all .30 cal rounds hearing safe
- Difficult to adapt for multi-caliber use
Specs: Coastal Guns 30 Cal LRT
- Caliber: 7.62
- Weight: 28 ounces
- Length: 8.25”
- Sound reduction: 30 dB
- Price: $550
BEST .308 SUPPRESSOR: SILENCERCO OMEGA 300
For the most part, the terms and cartridges .308 (Winchester) and 7.62 (NATO) are interchangeable. Common use has blurred what few real differences exist between the two rounds and has also made .308 and 7.62 synonymous with two specific rounds. However, since we are looking at .30 cal suppressors, .308 and 7.62mm properly speaking do cover pretty much all .30 caliber cartridges. But we are going to stick with .308 Winchester here, as that is the common gold standard by which most .30 cal suppressors are built and judged.
All of our .30 cal suppressors will work just fine with .308, but as you’ve already seen, not all suppressors are made equally. But what makes the best .308 suppressor? Well, that’s kinda tough because that covers a lot of territory. But sticking with the traditional roots of the .308 Winchester as a bolt action hunting cartridge, we opted for a suppressor that is less tactical and more just out-in-the-woods practical.
Meet the SilencerCo Omega 300. One of our most popular .30 cal suppressors, the Omega 300 is popular for .308 rifles as well as .300 Blackout and most any other round from 5.56 through .300 Winchester Magnum. That makes it one of the best multi caliber suppressors for .30 cal and certainly one of the best .308 suppressors you can get for any price.
- Multi caliber design
- Built with a mix of Stellite, titanium, and stainless steel for maximum reliability
- Magnum rated
- Not user-configurable
- Costs more than other more feature-rich suppressors
- 32 dB sound reduction (less than BANISH 30)
Specs: SilencerCo Omega 300
- Caliber: 5.56-.300 Winchester Magnum
- Weight: 14.7-16.3 ounces
- Length: 6.2-7.82”
- Sound reduction: 32 dB
- Price: $1130
BEST 7.62 SUPPRESSOR: DEAD AIR SANDMAN
Usually, as we mentioned, when people say 7.62, they are referring to a 7.62 NATO round. Based on the .308 Winchester, 7.62 NATO is one of the most common rifle rounds on the planet and is used in many tactical and competition rifles.
Because it is a common tactical and military cartridge, we expect most 7.62 shooters to have some sort of semi-auto rifle, sometimes with an NFA short barrel. With that in mind, we looked for a suppressor designed for those kinds of gun owners.
The Dead Air Sandman is so wildly popular we literally cannot even keep it in stock. If you want one, drop us a line so we can secure you one as more inventory comes available. Designed for tactical rifles yet rated for pounding magnum cartridges, the Dead Air Sandman is suitable for use on anything from 5.56mm to .300 Winchester Magnum rifles. With desirable features like quick detach mounting and a removable cap to reveal an integrated flash hider, it is no wonder we can’t keep this 7.62 suppressor in stock!
- Designed first around 7.62 cartridges
- Magnum rated
- Built with both hunters and tactical shooters in mind
- Requires a special mount to attach to your gun
- Not fully modular like some multi-caliber suppressors
- Manufacturers and retailers constantly sell out, making it hard to acquire at times
Specs: Dead Air Sandman
- Caliber: .17 Hornet to 300 Winchester Magnum
- Weight: 17.7 ounces
- Length: 6.8”
- Sound reduction: variable based on gun and caliber
- Price: $1049
BEST .30 CAL SUPPRESSOR FOR HUNTING: BANISH BACKCOUNTRY
The two most important factors for picking a suppressor for a backcountry hunt are sound suppression and weight, and the .30 caliber BANISH Backcountry suppressor was built with those factors in mind.
The Backcountry is a fixed-length suppressor that measures 5.5” in length (5.7” with QD mount) and weighs just 7.8 ounces. That’s a full 1.3” shorter and 2.2 ounces lighter than the BANISH 30 in its short configuration. That may not sound like much, but it makes a world of difference for backcountry adventurers who carefully pack their gear with size and weight in mind.
Rated for calibers up to the .300 Remington Ultra Magnum (RUM), the BANISH Backcountry utilizes six baffles that drop the decibel level down to 135 dB for .308 Winchester, 137 dB for .300 Win Mag, and 138 dB for .300 RUM at the ear – all of which fall below the hearing-safe threshold.
Utilizing a 1.375×24 Universal Mount, the BANISH Backcountry is a direct-thread suppressor designed to eliminate any extra weight associated with a muzzle device method of attachment, but it is also available with an optional muzzle brake attachment.
When size, weight, and sound suppression are of the utmost concern, the BANISH Backcountry suppressor allows you to pack in ounces, shoot at hearing-safe levels, and pack out pounds.
- Quick-detach and direct thread options available
- Lightweight titanium construction
- It may be out of the budget for some people
Specs: BANISH Backcountry
Caliber: Rimfire to .300RUM
Weight: 7.8 oz
Sound reduction: 35 dB
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT BUYING A SILENCER?
As you can see there are a lot of very good .30 cal suppressors on the market, but only one true industry leader – the all-titanium, multi-caliber, user-serviceable and configurable BANISH 30 line. But there are plenty of other very good .30 cal suppressors that consumers are clamoring for as well, and we are happy to sell you whichever one you want.
Right now, suppressors are the single most popular NFA item as they are legal in 42 US states and legal for hunting in 41 of those 42. A new generation of Americans is discovering what their great grandparents once knew about the old Maxim Suppressor. Namely, a suppressor makes shooting quieter, safer, and more relaxing for yourself and those around you. These common-sense gun safety tools are in greater demand than ever before, and as the nation’s largest silencer dealer, we can get you whichever suppressor you want at very competitive prices.
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