Distance shooters and hunters tend to set their sights (pun intended) on larger caliber rifles to fit their needs. And with those big bore rifles comes their big bore suppressor counterparts. With caliber ratings as high as .338LM, .458 SOCOM, and .408 Cheytac, we'll be covering our best selling suppressors and why they pack such a punch in their category.

Best Big Bore Rifle Silencers in 2020

We’re sharing this list of year-to-date best large bore rifle suppressors to help you get your feet wet. Whether you’ve been searching for a long time, or you’re just starting out, this compilation will help propel you into all that these big bore silencers have to offer.


Goals, Host Firearms, and Big Bore Rifle Suppressors 

Yes, big bore suppressors tend to be the largest of the bunch due to the calibers they’re suppressing. Looking for the best big bore rifle suppressor will depend greatly on your goals and your host firearm.

Your Goals: We’re not trying to be captain obvious here, but the best big bore silencer for you largely depends on what your goals are for it and what is most important to you. Length, weight and diameter all affect repeatability, bullet dispersion, accuracy, and point of aim / point of impact shift, making them all factors to consider when purchasing a big bore suppressor. Determining your goals for how you want your silencer to best perform does help narrow down the options.

Your Host Firearm: Everything boils down to what firearm you will be using your silencer on. Host firearms determine how large the bore size needs to be, and how much pressure the suppressor needs to handle. When searching for a big bore suppressor, customers tend to have one designated gun in mind to suppress. While that’s the usual case, there are customers looking for a jack-of-all-trades suppressor that works on as many host firearms as possible. While it can work on a variety of hosts, keep in mind that big bore suppressors are going to be heavier than, say, a suppressor designed for a 22 LR rifle.

The following list is compiled of our five top selling big bore rifle silencers so far in 2020. In the list below, you’ll find quick stats comparing and contrasting each top five suppressor seller side by side. Beyond the list, we go further into the detail on why we believe they’ve become a customer favorite in this big bore category.

TOP 5 BIG BORE RIFLE SILENCERS YEAR TO DATE IN 2020

 

OSS HX-QD Magnum Ti

Thunder Beast Ultra 338

Bowers Vers 458

OSS HX-QD 338 Ti

SilencerCo Harvester 338

Length

8.73”

11”

11.25”

9.1”

10”

Weight

18.3 oz

20.2 oz

23.2 oz

23.4 oz

21.7 oz

Diameter

1.6”

1.775”

1.75”

1.75”

1.85”

Build Materials

Stainless Steel, titanium

Titanium

Stainless Steel, aluminum

Stainless Steel, titanium

Stainless steel

Finish

Cerakote

Cerakote

Black Anodized

Cerakote

T3 Hardcoat Anodize

Caliber Rating / Rated for Use On

5.56mm up to .338 Lapua

Up to .338 LM

5.56mm up to .458 SOCOM

Up to .338 LM and .408 Cheytac

5.56mm up to .338 LM

Attachment/Thread Pitch

QD

TBAC 338

Bowers VersAdapt Direct Thread Mount

QD

SilencerCo Bravo Mount Compatible

User Serviceable

No

No

No

No

No


OSS HX-QD Magnum Ti

OSS is notorious for their technologically advanced design, and the OSS HX-QD Magnum Ti is no different. Its patented Flow-Through technology creates lower back pressure, making for a more enjoyable experience for the shooter not having to deal with gases expelled from the ejection port. Another advantage of this OSS Flow-Through technology is that due to most of the gases being expelled out of the front of the firearm, it is exponentially less dirty.

As you’ll see, our big bore suppressor list has two OSS suppressors. The main difference between the HX-QD Magnum Ti and the HX-QD 338 Ti below is that this suppressor is more of a multi-cal suppressor that is lighter and shorter, but not quite as quiet as its OSS compadre below. One of our suppressor experts, Justin, said, “the HX-QD Magnum Ti OSS suppressor can withstand tons of abuse. It’s built like a tank, reliable, and very versatile, all at a good price point and only weighing 18 ounces.”

Final verdict: OSS’s HX-QD Magnum Ti has become extremely popular because of its versatility and precision. That, coupled with its patented OSS flow-through technology and impressive sound suppression makes this OSS suppressor the most popular in our big bore suppressor category.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 8.73”
  • Weight: 18.3 oz
  • Diameter: 1.6”
  • Build Materials: Stainless Steel, titanium
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Rating: 5.56mm up to .338 Lapua
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: QD
  • User Serviceable: No

Thunder Beast Ultra 338

Thunder Beast's Ultra 338 has created a name for itself in our big bore category because of its minimal point of impact shift. Precision long range shooters have loved this TBAC suppressor because of its performance. When repeatability and accuracy are important, the Thunder Beast Ultra 338 is probably going to be on your short list of suppressors to look at.

One of our employees and suppressor professionals, Richard, says,  “It is one of the lightest and quietest 338 lapua mag suppressor available. It has minimal point of impact shift, if any. I think it’s a customer favorite because Thunder Beast is one of those companies that never sacrifices quality for quantity.”

Final verdict: Because of the Ultra 338’s light weight and focus on repeatable precision, it has long been a favorite for our distance shooters and hunters. This Thunder Beast suppressor provides a great balance between suppression, length, and weight without compromising durability.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 11”
  • Weight: 20.2 oz
  • Diameter: 1.775”
  • Build Materials: Titanium
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Rating: Up to .338 LM
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: TBAC 338BA
  • User Serviceable: No

Bowers Vers 458

The Bowers Vers 458 is one of the most versatile suppressors that checks a lot of boxes for shooters looking to suppress various-calibered firearms. Because of the simplified Bowers VersAdapt mounting device, this Bowers suppressor is known for its versatility of calibers and host firearms (hence the name “VERS”).

Speaking of, the mounting options offers are nearly unmatched: “With mounts for everything (likely including the kitchen sink), and construction that allows even the most rigorous courses of fire, the VERS458 is a contender that can cover just about any firearm you have, take a beating, and keep on humming like the day it came out of the box,” says one of our trusty suppressor gurus, Zachary.

Final verdict: The Vers 458 by Bowers has had a stronghold on our top 5 big bore seller list for years now. Thankfully, Bowers has almost every mounting option / thread adapter you could think of, so versatility is nearly unmatched, making this a customer favorite for likely years to come.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 11.25”
  • Weight: 23.2 oz
  • Diameter: 1.75”
  • Build Materials: Stainless steel, aluminum
  • Finish: Black Anodize
  • Rating: 5.56mm up to .458 SOCOM
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: Bowers VersAdapt Direct Thread Mount
  • User Serviceable: No

OSS HX-QD 338 Ti

You may have already read about OSS’s Flow-Through technology that the OSS HX-QD 338 Ti boasts, but in case you haven’t, we’ll give you a quick crash course. This patented Flow-Through design features less back pressure, yielding less grime in the firearm, and less potential gas blowing into your face while shooting. Because there are two OSS suppressors in our top five category, you may be wondering what the main difference is between the HX-QD 338 Ti and OSS’s HX-QD Magnum Ti. If you’re looking for optimum sound performance, the HX-QD Ti shines, but at the cost of it being a tad heavier and longer than its sibling mentioned above.

Our silencer guru Tyler states, “OSS has been a trusted name in the silencer world for a while now. While the Magnum Ti has been out and working well for many shooters, it is really optimized for faster magnum .30 cal cartridges. The HX-QD 338 Ti was a silencer that has been anticipated for a number of years and since it's launch, it has not disappointed for the true .338 fans.”

Final verdict: Because of its Flow-Through technology, precision, durability and impressive sound reduction, it’s no wonder the OSS HX-QD 338 Ti is in our top big bore suppressor category. Less gun cleaning means more time to spend on the range with this beauty.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 9.1”
  • Weight: 23.4 oz
  • Diameter: 1.75”
  • Build Materials: Stainless Steel, titanium
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Rating: Up to .338 LM and .408 Cheytac
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: QD
  • User Serviceable: No

SilencerCo Harvester 338

The SilencerCo Harvester 338 has made a name for itself in this big bore suppressor category because of its reduced sound signature and recoil. Designed with hunters and precision long-range shooters in mind, the SiCo Harvester 338 features a durable stainless steel construction. Known also for its versatility, this SiCo suppressor boasts removable rear caps to use a SilencerCo ASR mount, or to simply direct thread onto your host firearm.

The Harvester 338 is touted for its sleek, simple design that doesn’t disrupt the balance of whatever host firearm you choose. “Beyond the Harvester 338’s own contribution to recoil mitigation, the integral anchor brake also contributes to reducing the stout recoil some magnum calibers are known for, without compromising suppression,” said Zach, one of our suppressor pros at the Shop.

Final verdict: SilencerCo’s Harvester 338 has been on the shortlist for hunters and long range precision shooters. This SiCo silencer has been a top five big bore suppressor for its ease of use, ease of mounting, and impressive sound reduction.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 10”
  • Weight: 21.7 oz
  • Diameter: 1.85”
  • Build Materials: Stainless steel
  • Finish: T3 Hardcoat Anodize
  • Rating: 5.56mm up to .338 LM
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: SilencerCo Bravo Mount Compatible
  • User Serviceable: No

We get that 2020 isn’t over yet, but we wanted to give you a taste of what our best suppressor sellers were to date. Since we know you’re itching for a full year’s worth of sales data, we’ve included our 2019 top five big bore rifle silencer sellers, with an honorable mention to one silencer that barely missed the top five 2020 list… yet.

BONUS: Best Big Bore Rifle Silencers in 2019

  1. OSS HX-QD Magnum Ti
  2. SilencerCo Harvester
  3. Bowers Vers 458
  4. Thunder Beast Ultra 338
  5. Griffin Sportsman UL 338

Honorable Mention: Griffin Sportsman UL 338

Griffin's Sportsman UL 338 is the perfect blend between lightweight, sound suppression, and durability.  Featuring a stainless steel and aluminum construction, the Sportsman UL 338 is one of the lightest and shortest bigger bore suppressors offered, and at an economical price to boot.

This Griffin suppressor is also a compact and maneuverable option for large bore host firearms. Designed using Griffin’s patented high performance sound reduction baffles, the Sportsman UL 338 also touts reduced recoil for repeatability. Additionally, because of its vast caliber rating, the Sportsman UL 338 is user serviceable for ease of disassembly and reassembly.

Final Verdict: The Griffin Sportsman UL 338 is a great big bore suppressor for your hunting or precision shooting needs. We wouldn’t be surprised if this Griffin suppressor makes an appearance in our 2020 top big bore seller list because of its maneuverability, noise reduction, and price point.

Rapid Fire

  • Length: 8.75”
  • Weight: 12.7 oz
  • Diameter: 1.5”
  • Build Materials: Stainless steel, aluminum
  • Finish: Cerakote
  • Rating: Up to .338 LM
  • Attachment/Thread Pitch: Griffin Taper Mount
  • User Serviceable: Yes

This blog post is here to help you get your big bore suppressor feet wet. Each of these silencers has something unique to offer, which is why they’ve become so popular in their big bore category. With this list, you’ll be able to get a head start on what might matter most to you and your suppression needs. While we don’t know exactly what will work for your situation, we do know that we’ve got a lot of suppressors and a staff standing by to help fit you with the silencer you’ve been wanting.

Additional Resources:

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