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Thread: noise of moderated .222 and .243

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    noise of moderated .222 and .243

    Does anyone have experience shooting both .222 and .243, moderated?

    Would they be able to say what the difference in noise was like?

    Is the .243 a lot louder, or is there not much of a difference?

    I appreciate this is going to be very subjective, and depend on all sorts of other things (like exact type of mod, speed of load etc, etc) - but any impressions would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks

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    PH 1100 .243, standard barrel length with PES T12 (6.5mm bore) shooting 100gr Interlocks and circa 39gr of N160 C2800fps
    vs.
    BRNO Fox Md2 .222, 20" barrel, same PES T12 shooting 50-60gr SP and AMax with anywhere from 20-23gr N133 C3000fps

    .243 left my ears ringing without hearing protection. significantly louder even considering the comparatively light load and that the bore to calibre tolerance was optimal for the .243 and..... IMO the T12 is one of the best mods for noise attenuation

    .222 I shoot without hearing protection and even in woods, stadiums, close to buildings etc is much more tolerable


    its the reason I got the .222 for urban foxes over the .243 I already had

    no contest

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    Thanks Ed - I suspected you had the answer!

    Would you be up for a side-by-side comparison at some point?

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    ooo...now thats a nice thought....a side by side .222 rifle! would be great!

    I have a .243 in a state of refurb so not a shooter at the moment
    my mod is 1/2"UNG and 6.5mm bore so if your .222 and .243 are the same thread you are welcome to standardise the mod element

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    .243 is currently unthreaded, but thinking about getting it done.

    Side-by-side treble would be a fine thing! I wonder how much it would cost to get made!

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    Ok not a side by side .222 but a .22 hornet

    Forums.NitroExpress.com

    or you can read the whole making of one. Not sure if I like the styling, but still an interesting read

    Forums.NitroExpress.com

    Last edited by Heym SR20; 27-01-2015 at 10:34.

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    And in answer to the original question, I have been close moderated 243 and 308's when they have been fired and they are not quiet and still definately need good hearing protection. Your mderated .222 is just a crack.

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    I have both 222 and 243 Sakos with ASE Utra mods. The 222 moderated is about as loud as a 22 rimfire standard velocity round fired un moderated. The 243 on the other hand is considerably louder with a far more pronounced crack. The moderators make a significant reduction in noise on both rifles but only in proportion to their un moderated volume. For discrete vermin control out to 200-225 yards the 222 is superb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heym SR20 View Post
    Ok not a side by side .222 but a .22 hornet

    Forums.NitroExpress.com

    or you can read the whole making of one. Not sure if I like the styling, but still an interesting read

    Forums.NitroExpress.com


    Stop posting these links!
    buggering up my work rate! (which was low already!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    PH 1100 .243, standard barrel length with PES T12 (6.5mm bore) shooting 100gr Interlocks and circa 39gr of N160 C2800fps
    vs.
    BRNO Fox Md2 .222, 20" barrel, same PES T12 shooting 50-60gr SP and AMax with anywhere from 20-23gr N133 C3000fps

    .243 left my ears ringing without hearing protection. significantly louder even considering the comparatively light load and that the bore to calibre tolerance was optimal for the .243 and..... IMO the T12 is one of the best mods for noise attenuation

    .222 I shoot without hearing protection and even in woods, stadiums, close to buildings etc is much more tolerable


    its the reason I got the .222 for urban foxes over the .243 I already had

    no contest


    I would agree with this. .

    I have shot my .222 besides most other common cartridges, a light loading in my old .223 with a T8 could almost match the .222, but 22-250, 243 etc were all significantly noisier.

    My .222 set-up is probably as quiet as the cartridge gets, heavy barrel with Jet-z compact.
    Despite having a nice .308 set-up at my disposal, it's always the .222 which comes out the cabinet for roe.
    The .308 is only there as a necessity, I take no great enjoyment from shooting it.

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