A 308 win magnum can be as loud as a shuttle launch from the launch perimeter.
That is loud enough to instantly rupture an unprotected eardrum.
But with a quality noise and flash suppressor, you can reduce that ear-splitting crack to that comparable to the momentary rev of a chainsaw.
That can save your hunt, your home, your ears, the ears of your family, friends, and hunting partners.
There is no doubt that a well-made suppressor (or silencer if you prefer—though that is obviously a misnomer—no revving chainsaw has ever been described as “silent”) is an investment in the skill of shooting. After all, comfort encourages more practice.
And more practice is where mastery lies.
But which is the right unit for my 308 needs?
Don’t take off the ear pro, but still give a listen, and we’ll narrow it down for you.
Without all the flash and bang.
An efficient suppressor for rifles chambered in 30 caliber cartridges of similar case capacity and 7.62x51mm NATO. Rated for 30 decibels of sound reduction and made from stainless steel, with its Matte black cerakote finish, it even offers a reduced visual IR signature. You’ll be able to rely on this suppressor when it counts.
Top 308 Suppressor in the Market
The Big Shush - Best 308 Suppressors
1. GEMTECH - HVT-QD SUPPRESSOR 7.62 MM NATO QUICK DETACH - Best 308 Flash Suppressor
GEMTECH—a professional's choice in suppressors for decades—began as a conglomerate of already leading suppressor designers with roots in the business going back to 1976. With those decades of experience, innovation, quality, honest business ethics, and a customer-first attitude, Gemtech has grown to the world's leading suppressor company.
They’re even an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 certified company and maintain effective rigorous quality assurance systems and processes on all their products.
Gemtech's world-class suppressors are in use with all branches of the US Military. Gemtech suppressors are also in use by many Special Operations Forces, military and police of friendly foreign countries around the world.
And the HVT-QD SUPPRESSOR 7.62 MM NATO QUICK DETACH is no exception.
An efficient suppressor for rifles chambered in 30 caliber cartridges of similar case capacity and 7.62x51mm NATO. The Gemtech HVT is synonymous with endurance and reliability.
The HVT has an ideally quiet sound profile that is nigh indistinguishable from—and easily lost in—the bullet flight sound, making this model one of the best suppressors for hunting and ideal for any operational theater.
Weighing in at less than two pounds, adapting to the weapons changed mass is a snap, and at just over 9 inches you can easily wield it in rural or urban settings.
Rated for 30 decibels of sound reduction and made from stainless steel, you’ll be able to count on this suppressor for years to come. And with its matte black cerakote finish, it even offers a reduced visual IR signature.
2. SILENCERCO - SAKER 7.62 SUPPRESSOR 7.62 MM NATO QUICK DETACH - Best Suppressor for 308 and 556
Like so much that sets the US apart, SilencerCo was born and bred in the mountains of the American West.
The company was born of two shooters who—in their own garage—machined, welded, and fabricated their dreams into reality. They had one core belief: Guns don’t have to be loud.
Since its founding in 2008, SilencerCo has grown to produce more silencers than anyone else in the market. Their secret isn’t one–they care about what they are doing.
They care about each silencer leaving their production line.
They care about their shooters and their hearing.
Because they are shooters, too—and they know how hard it can be to find durable equipment that performs.
Their silencers have been shot, stripped, torqued, and blasted—and they constantly search for ways to make them quieter, more durable, more compact, and lighter.
And every bit of that shows in the SAKER 7.62 SUPPRESSOR 7.62 MM NATO QUICK DETACH.
The Saker 7.62 is more than just another suppressor in a field of such.
Its unique MAAD cap allows users to adapt the silencer to their needs with optional accessories. The Patent pending Trifecta MAAD mount system works with the Trifecta muzzle brake and the Trifecta flash hider, allowing the user a one-handed operation.
The Sakers baffles are constructed from Stellite which makes for both one of the best 308 suppressors for bolt action, and reliable sound suppression even under full auto.
At only 7.5 inches and just over 20 ounces, this is one of the best 308 compact suppressors that money can buy, all without breaking the bank.
3. THUNDERBEAST ARMS - 30BA SUPPRESSOR 300 WINCHESTER MAGNUM DIRECT THREAD - Best 308 Suppressor
The founders of Thunderbeast Arms formed this company a single simple goal: to make the best quality sound suppressor for precision and long-range shooting.
Their suppressor designs are engineered for accuracy, light weight, and durability while maintaining best-in-class sound suppression levels.
Accuracy is their number one priority and they don't manufacture a suppressor that they wouldn't take into a competition or into the field.
So you know you can trust the THUNDERBEAST ARMS - 30BA SUPPRESSOR 300 WINCHESTER MAGNUM DIRECT THREAD.
Manufactured from titanium and featuring a conical shoulder for rock solid POI repeatability and to ensure a tight fit.
That best in class sound suppression is packed into a lightweight format.
Designed around .308 for maximum flexibility and is rated up to .300 Winchester Mag.
At 9 inches in length and only 15.9 ounces, this is hands down one of the lightest suppressors on the market today.
Make Some Noise, But Less
If you spend hours at the range fine-tuning the mechanics and minutiae of your trigger pull. (And if you do, much respect. That’s how one builds mastery)
Or if you enjoy hunting and want to mitigate spooking animals at great range.
Well, then the GEMTECHHVT-QD SUPPRESSOR 7.62 MM NATO QUICK DETACH–or any other silencer on this list will work perfectly for you.
It’s near impossible to find a better value in the world of firearms than that.
After all, what other weapon accoutrement can do all of that? What two or three additions can manage that?
Set yourself up for success in a whole lot of ways, by preserving your eardrums and ordering yours now.