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moneymaker17 10-21-2010 10:54 PM

ar 15 to loud for area?
how loud is an ar 15?
louder than a shotgun?
im saying this because im worryed that it will be so loud that it gun puts the fun to the stop.
i shot at a farm safley, into a big dirt mound.
the area where i live your only subsposed to shoot muzzleloaders and shotguns and bows, .22 no hi power rifles

i would love to hear your thoughts thanks

Quentin 10-21-2010 11:08 PM

Fairly loud as is any centerfire but not as loud as a 12 gauge. I'd use ear protection and have fun. Be safe though.

shnorse 10-21-2010 11:16 PM

I would say that it is louder then a 12 gauge. I can stand shooting my shotgun without ear protection. The AR, i shot 4 rounds and my ears rang for 2 hours.

7.62 Man 10-22-2010 12:48 AM

Today you can get an AR in many calibers other than the .223 or the 5.56.
A lot of cal.s are quieter than others.

moneymaker17 10-22-2010 01:35 AM

what would be the best caliper for me?
not .22 lol

mjkeat 10-22-2010 01:37 AM

Id follow Quentins advise. Always wear ear protection. Hearing doesnt regenerate. Huh! What did you say!?

5.56 would be your best choice if youre not wanting .22. You could spend a little extra and buy a conversion kit. I believe theyre around $200.

BillM 10-22-2010 01:47 AM

5.56 has a nice supersonic CRACK to the sound. Quite different from a
shotgun or muzzleloader. People will notice.

You can get a AR that fires a subsonic round---9mm, 40 or 45, 300 whisper
would all be quieter than 5.56.

OR--you could try an external sound dampening device. Stack of old tires,
box with baffles in it, shoot from inside a building through a open door,
lots of ways to muffle the sound a bit. As long as the device is not attached
to the gun it should be OK--but check local laws to be sure.

lonyaeger 10-22-2010 02:12 AM


Originally Posted by moneymaker17 (Post 372400)
what would be the best caliper for me?
not .22 lol

If you're a handloader, I'd recommend this caliper.

JonM 10-22-2010 04:08 AM

i find the AR in 5.56/.223 to be pretty quiet for a hi-power rifle. pretty much any centerfire qualifies as high power. if you have restrictions in your area you shouldnt shoot it without a conversion to .22LR if your restricted to such.

Jpyle 10-22-2010 04:26 AM


Originally Posted by lonyaeger (Post 372416)
If you're a handloader, I'd recommend this caliper.

This one is better...

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