How many .22 shots through a .30 suppressor?

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How many .22 shots through a .30 suppressor?

Post by blkcloud » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:41 pm

Just wondering how many shots if any can I shoot through my sealed titanium.30 cal suppressor without doing any damage? Every so often I have a random armadillo in my yard that I'd like to shoot with my 22.. not planning on going target shooting with it.. thanks

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Re: How many .22 shots through a .30 suppressor?

Post by a_canadian » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:20 am

Well since no one with actual experience is speaking up I'll hazard a wild guess. If it's just the odd shot, given that rifle cans are reputed to be 'self cleaning' for the most part, I'd guess the nastiness .22lr leaves behind would be swept clean with the bulk of your more common use for this can. But given the potential for corrosive residue and/or lead build-up you'd be best off keeping to just the odd shot.

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Re: How many .22 shots through a .30 suppressor?

Post by jimbo45 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:50 am

Based on everything I've read firing rifle rounds after should clean it out. No firsthand experience though and my recommendation would be to buy a 22lr can they're great.

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Re: How many .22 shots through a .30 suppressor?

Post by [email protected] » Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:08 pm

It's lead that's an issue, rifle calibers won't blow that out.

It adds a little, then a little more, then more, until you end up with a can full of lead that is not only heavier, but performance is ruined.

How fast is going to probably be ammo dependent, but it will ruin it eventually. Probably at such a slow pace you won't ever realize what's happening until it's too late.

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Re: How many .22 shots through a .30 suppressor?

Post by glocker17 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:44 pm

Non issue, I have done that for years and my cyclone still looks great inside. A few 22lr's worth of residue will be gone in a flash.

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Re: How many .22 shots through a .30 suppressor?

Post by Toetagger » Thu Dec 29, 2016 2:17 pm

I'm interested as well in this thread. Just want to introduce my daughter to suppressed shooting on something she is familiar with. An AR upper with a 22lr conversion bolt.

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