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Old October 24th, 2016, 11:13 AM   #1
 
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SUPPRESSED Ruger American Rimfire 22WMR

I have been curious about suppressing a 22 WMR rifle ever since I got my suppressor 4 years ago. Today I found out whether its worth while, or not. IT CERTAINLY IS. What a pleasant surprise when I touched off the first shot. Its definitely hearing safe. It does have a crack, but its not much louder than a suppressed LR with subsonics. Its definitely quieter than an unsuppressed LR.

I bought a Ruger American Rimfire model 8322. Its the full stock, 18" factory threaded 22 WMR. I had a nice day with it. I had 11 different types of WMR to try. I had bought every different kind of WMR years ago when I got my first Single Six convertible, to see what the SS preferred. I still had all of it to try. My RAR WMR prefers Winchester Dynapoint 45gr and Fiocchi Performance Shooting Dynamics 40gr JSP. Those two loads were the best, with both loads making one ragged hole at 50 yards off the bench. The next two that were very close, but opened up just a bit, were Federal Premium 30gr Speer TNT HP, and Armscor 40gr JHP. It surprisingly didn't like Hornady 30gr V-Max, which gets many recommendations for the RAR WMR.

This rifle is going to take over duty as my Urban Pest Control rifle.



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If NJ had allowed suppressors I might have more of my hearing. Been wearing muffs my whole shooting career but muffs 40 years ago were not rated by sound reduction Thye just make it softer.
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This forum is in desperate need of a suppressor or NFA sub-section. Many people are getting into suppressors and finding out the benefits they offer!

To the OP, let's see some pics of the can and the rifle!
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Great idea! I have a suppressed 17hmr and it works great on jackrabbits.
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UPDATE

I know its been a while since I started this thread. I want to update my thoughts on the noise level from my American Rimfire 22WMR and my SilencerCo Stainless Sparrow.

Today, I took a shot at the first backyard groundhog I have seen this year. Last fall, I changed scopes on my normal backyard groundhog gun, my 10/22 Takedown with Volquartsen cantilever barrel. I took off the Simmons scope, and installed a Mueller 4.5x14x40. Since I have not sighted it in yet, I grabbed my other 10/22 Takedown, an open sight, threaded Talo Classic V. The shot was 30 yards, and since my eyes aren't great with open sights, I took a quick shot. I know I hit him, because I heard the thumb of the bullet, but I don't know exactly where he was hit. He hobbled down the edge of the wall along the alley, and disappeared into his hole. I like to take a perfectly placed head shot, but without a scope, I just lobbed a bullet in his direction. I feel bad about wounding him, and I know he will suffer before he dies. I should have waited until I had my regular rifle sighted in, but I was excited, and thought I would do better than I did.

In the fall, when I bought the Mueller scope for my Takedown, I actually bought two of the same Mueller scopes, and mounted one on my American WMR. Its sighted in at 50 yards.

Tonight, after dark, I decided to take my American Rimfire 22 WMR out and do a sound test. I screwed on my Sparrow, loaded one round of Armscor 40gr HP WMR ammo, and waited until there was no noise from traffic.

I'M STILL AMAZED HOW QUIET THIS RIFLE IS when shot SUPPRESSED. I didn't have any hearing protection on, and its absolutely NOT needed. There is a bit of a crack, but its not loud at all. There is no high pressure sound, just a light crack. Its much quieter than an unsuppressed 22 Long Rifle round.

I bought this rifle because I was curious how effective suppressing a WMR would be. I also wanted more knock down power for humane kills on my varmint problem.

Its definitely time to put this rifle into service.
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Id be curious how CCI TMJ ( total metal jacket) 40 grain, runs in that for sound and accuracy.

I have a heavy barrel Marlin 880 SS in 22 mag that Ive though about threading and trying a can on.

I dont have the heart to thread one of my CZ's. They're so accurate, I hate to piss them up.
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DCD, I saw your comment in the PMR-30 thread about the CCI TMJ. Its not one that I have tried, but I made note to grab some if I see it.

I have a Marlin 882(I think that's the model). Its the magazine fed WMR walnut rifle from the 1980s. I bought it new. I was going to thread it, but for what I paid for my American, I couldn't pass it up. The American action is so much smoother, and the trigger is worlds better than the Marlin. I even have a Rifle Basix trigger in the Marlin, and the Ruger trigger is better. Factory threaded barrel, different height combs, plus the flush fit rotary magazine, and the Ruger wins.
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