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Classic Iron Volume XVII

Posted on 09.02.2023

Author: Tom G.

Classic Iron Volume XVII

Time to shoot quietly - SilencerCo Harvester Evo 300 Suppressor

For years I thought about jumping into the world of suppressed firearms but I was always put off by what appeared to be a long and overly complicated process. When hunting season drew to a close last year with my ears ringing more than they usually do, it was time to take the plunge.

I knew from the start I would be looking for a .30 caliber suppressor as I do all of my rifle hunting with rifles chambered in .308 and 300 AAC Blackout. My goal was to keep the overall package as short and light as possible while making both rifles hearing safe with all types (supersonic and subsonic) ammunition. 

After a bit of research, I landed on the SilencerCo Harvester Evo 300. This can weighs in at 10.8 ounces and has an overall length of just 6.24 inches. With an MSRP of just $680.00 dollars it was fairly budget friendly to boot.

I ordered the suppressor from Lipsey’s to get the ball rolling.  While waiting for the can to arrive, I took care of getting my fingerprints done with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office. When my suppressor arrived at the end of November I was ready to submit my paperwork and get the waiting period started.

On 12/01/2022 I completed the e-file process, paid my $200.00 dollar tax stamp and mailed my fingerprint cards to the ATF. With nothing else to do but wait, I put the suppressor away at the store and did my best to forget about it. I was hopeful that I would be able to take possession in time for the 2023 hunting season.

On 07/14/2023, Cori and I were away on vacation when I got a text from Sean letting me know my tax stamp had arrived. When we got home the following week, I completed my paperwork at the store and took my new suppressor home.  My total wait time was a slightly less than expected seven and a half months. 

A few days later I was able to spend a morning at the range with my rifles and the suppressor. The first gun I shot with the can mounted was my Ruger American Predator chambered in .308. While I do not have a decibel meter to measure the amount of sound reduction I was getting, the rifle seemed to be hearing safe.  It was not uncomfortable to shoot without hearing protection even though I was shooting in a covered shooting area at the Whitefish Rifle and Pistol Club.

This rifle already shoots outstanding groups but with the suppressor in place things tightened up quite a bit.  My first three shot group at 100 yards had all three bullet holes touching. I have included a photo of this group.  It may very well be the best one I have ever shot!

When I switched the can over to my Ruger American Ranch rifle in 300 AAC Blackout I groups remained about the same as they were without the suppressor but it was a joy to shoot.  With supersonic ammunition it was remarkably quiet. I did not have any subsonic ammunition on hand but I plan to rectify this in the near future.

At the end of the day I seem to have accomplished what I set out to do. My rifle is now comfortable to shoot without hear protection while still being light and short enough to pack in the woods during hunting season.

For anyone debating whether or not they should take the plunge into suppressed firearms I can personally tell you the process is not as onerous as it might appear to be and for me it has been well worth the time and the cost invested!

Tagged: Shooting Outdoor