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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-01-2020, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Kestrel 22LR\22MAG\17Hornet question

I have a Kestrel 22 suppressor that I've owned for several years.

I was looking at my reloading book for my .223 and it shows a Trail Boss load that will give a 55gr. bullet a sub-sonic velocity.

Does anyone think the .223 Trail Boss load (1,050fps) would be to much pressure for the 22 rimfire suppressor?
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suppressors suppress the gasses when you fire a round off. most 22lr suppressors are 1x6 inches because that's all that's needed because 22lrs are pretty small. a 5.56 round has alot more powder behind it to suppress. even if you run subs and whatnot it's more than what it's designed to do. not saying it wint work just not as effectively or as long depending on whether or not it has stainless 17-4 internals or aluminum.

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Thanks bohntr. I've shot my .17 Hornet using 20gr. bullets at velocities of 3,500-3,700fps with no harm to the suppressor. However, the little 17 Hornet is NOT sub-sonic and the BOOM is not much different that shooting it non-suppressed.

I know that "loading down" any given caliber reduces pressures, but I don't know the "how low" a sub-sonic .223 pressure is.
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they make factory sub sonic .223 ammo. hickcock45 demonstrated some on u tube

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when reloading(or factory) subsonic...first shoot without suppressor at PB range...and about 25 ..50... 75...100....to make sure the bullet is stable as it leaves muzzle(for the suppressors sake) and then down range....

I know the end cap hole on my .22 suppressor is smaller than my center-fire suppressors...
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when reloading(or factory) subsonic...first shoot without suppressor at PB range...and about 25 ..50... 75...100....to make sure the bullet is stable as it leaves muzzle(for the suppressors sake) and then down range....

I know the end cap hole on my .22 suppressor is smaller than my center-fire suppressors...
Good advice Limburger. (Limberger ? ) I don't want a sub-sonic anything going thru that suppressor unless it's dead straight!!
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..on another "load down" note...I shoot a lot of H4895...with the 60% rule. It's not near sub...but it sure sounds good shooting yotes...
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..on another "load down" note...I shoot a lot of H4895...with the 60% rule. It's not near sub...but it sure sounds good shooting yotes...
What is the advantage of loading this "down" vs a "full boat" load? Is it just the report of the slower one? Thanks!!
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I would call manufacturer and ask them.

The volume of gas from a 223 compared to even a 22 mag is much larger. The suppressor needs to be able to handle the volume of gas as well as the bullet diameter. The suppressor may be able to handle one or two rounds without problems, a steady diet could be a different story.
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