Hunting Predators with a Suppressor
Hunting predators is a fine way to hone your hunting skills while waiting for game hunting season. You can also hunt predators to get rid of dangers lurking in or around your property. But have you tried hunting suppressed? Hunting predators with a suppressor is the way to go if you want to take down your target without destroying your hearing.
Also, hunting suppressed during low lighting conditions will protect your eyes from painful muzzle flashes. However, not every state allows hunting predators with a suppressor. For instance, hunting suppressed is illegal in New York. So, before heading out to bag a coyote or bear, verify that your state allows hunting your desired prey with a suppressed rifle.
Choosing a Suppressor for Predator Hunting
Hunting predators with a suppressor (or silencer) has several benefits, but you will only experience these benefits if you use the right suppressor. Pick the best hunting silencer for you by considering factors such as your target predator.
For example, a .223 Remington or .243 Winchester rifle is sufficient if hunting small animals like coyotes and foxes. Use a suppressor that matches your rifle caliber. Using a high-caliber suppressor on a small-caliber rifle can negatively affect your accuracy and bullet velocity, spoiling your hunting experience.
On the other hand, when hunting bobcats, lynx, mountain lions, or bigger predators, you need a larger caliber rifle, such as a .30-06 Springfield or .300 Winchester Magnum. If using such a rifle, again, you need a compatible suppressor. Using a silencer rated for a smaller caliber on a large caliber rifle is dangerous enough to damage your rifle or suppressor and even hurt you.
Other factors to consider when choosing a suppressor for predator hunting are:
- Noise Reduction: Suppressors are not equal. Higher-quality products can reduce gunfire noise far more than lesser-quality products. Go for a suppressor built to deliver the amount of noise reduction you desire.
- Mount Type: Do you have a threaded rifle barrel? If so, you should get a silencer with a direct thread mount. It’s the most convenient mount type because you can screw the suppressor on or off your muzzle with your bare hands.
- Material: You can get a titanium, steel, or aluminum suppressor. Steel and titanium suppressors are the most durable, while titanium and aluminum suppressors are the lightest. While titanium suppressors are light and durable, they are also more expensive.
- Weight and Length: A too-heavy and long suppressor can make your hunting rifle difficult to carry and wield. Such a rifle can make your hunting expedition harder, especially if you have to track and stalk prey for miles. Ensure mobility by choosing a suppressor that won’t make your rifle unwieldy. However, if you intend on hunting from a blind or perch, having an overly long or heavy rifle becomes less of an issue.
Our Favorite Suppressors for Hunting Predators
Several high-quality suppressors for predator hunting are available, but some products outclass the rest. Below are our favorite hunting suppressors and the features that set them apart from other products:
The Banish 30 is a highly adaptable silencer that will impress you whether hunting wolves in the wild or foxes in your barn. You can adjust the modular suppressor to be 7 or 9 inches and attach it via its direct thread mount. Also, it works with popular hunting calibers, such as 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester, .270 Weatherby Magnum, 7mm Remington Magnum, and.300 Winchester Magnum.
Since the suppressor is titanium, it’s lightweight and highly durable. Even better, the Banish 30 can reduce a .308 gun’s gunfire noise by at least 34 decibels.
The Banish Backcountry is for hunters. The lightweight titanium suppressor works with hunting calibers up to the .300 Remington Ultra Magnum (RUM). At 5.5 inches, you don’t have to worry about the Banish Backcountry making your hunting rifle hard to wield.
The direct thread mount simplifies attaching the suppressor to your threaded muzzle. Also, the Banish Backcountry gets high scores for noise reduction, reducing gunfire noise by at least 30 decibels.
Yankee Hill Machine Resonator R2
The Resonator R2 is a highly durable stainless steel suppressor. It’s 7.8 inches and works with calibers between .17 HMR and .300 Winchester Magnum. Since the Resonator R2 is steel, it weighs more than the earlier mentioned Banish silencers. If you don’t mind the extra weight, the suppressor is a good option that can reduce gunfire noise by up to 35 decibels.
Q Full Nelson
The Q Full Nelson is another titanium suppressor. Rated to work with 7.62 NATO, .300 BLK, and .300 Winchester Magnum, this suppressor is compatible with most deer hunting rifles. However, at 8.86 inches, this silencer is a bit lengthy. Since it will significantly increase your barrel length, choose this product only if you plan to shoot from a stationary position or want that extra length.
Do I Need a Suppressor for Hunting Predators?
The best way to answer this question is to expand on the benefits of hunting predators with a suppressor.
Firstly, a suppressor muffles gunfire noise to protect your hearing.
Secondly, high-quality suppressors hide muzzle flash to protect your eyes if shooting in low light conditions. If you shoot and miss, a predator can’t attack you if it can’t tell where you are due to your hidden muzzle flash and muffled gunshot.
Thirdly, suppressors significantly reduce recoil. Since recoil can ruin your shooting accuracy, hunting predators with a suppressor will lower the likelihood of missing your shot. Even if you miss, adjusting your aim for a follow-up shot is much easier because the reduced recoil won’t shift you too much.
However, note that a suppressed rifle won’t scare off a predator due to the muffled gunshot and hidden muzzle flash. So, only go after predators with a suppressed rifle if your aim is to kill.
Turn Predators Into Prey – Buy a Suppressor Today!
Hunting predators can be thrilling and rewarding if you have the right gear. Prepare for your next predator-hunting expedition by getting a suppressor for your rifle. At Silencer Central, we have suppressors for various rifle calibers and offer doorstep delivery.