Moderator on one of our contributor's hunting rifles.

Needs to Lessen Rifle Report


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Q: I’m building a rifle range on my property with a benchrest
for  my own use in sighting in and testing handloads. However,
I want  it to be as private as possible, which means I’d like
to find  some way of reducing the loud rifle reports. Is there
any way I  can do this?
Frank Martin

A:  An efficient sound moderator for rifle ranges is readily
made  up using a dozen or more worn-out light truck tyres mounted
together on a wooden rack in front of the benchrest. Tyres are 
firmly tied together with plastic clothes line on each side but 
not so tightly that interior beads are compressed. A firing port 
hole in a plywood bulkhead, wedged in place by a cross-member at 
the end of rack is lined with split rubber hose. Let me know how 
this works for you.


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Nick Harvey

Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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