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Old 09-15-2014, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Nomercy448
A buddy of mine is obsessed with his SOCOM 16, he came out with us to shoot my new one on the first trip. Our "unofficial measurement" confirmed that the M1A is F'ing loud - the SOCOM 16 is %&@#$>!~%^(@*}|<'ing LLLLOOOOUUUUUDDDDD (it's a scientific unit of measure, look it up )
lol I remember that exact theory from grade school science!

The main reason I like a short rifle is I hunt out of alot of shooting houses, ladderstands with roofs & a golf/redneck cart with camo netting around it. So that's where the short barrel comes in handy. Anything over 20" & I'm clanging it off something everytime I pick the gun up. Reckon I'll stick with an 18"er instead of the Ruger 16.5" tube.
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Old 09-17-2014, 04:13 PM
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I have shot a friends Ruger compact in 308 Win. --- several times. I liked it a lot but have not bought one. I found it no more "loud" than my 20" Styer Mountain. I have a Marlin Guide in 444 Marlin (ported) and it is double-dang loud! But man the short barrel is super nice for the style of hunting that I often do .... hiking into the hardwood bottoms or swampy areas, and using a self-climbing style stand.

As far as accuracy, my buddy and I found four different factory loads that grouped great out of his Ruger compact. We hunt out of treestands a lot and sometimes out of shooting houses. These "shorty" rifles are great for handling and plenty accurate for the relatively short distances that we encounter ..... 20 yards out to maybe 150 +/-.
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:05 PM
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i have never shot a 18 or 16 inch 308 or 7mm-08 but i have shot a 16.5 inch 30-30 and it is very easy on the ears i cant imagine that there would be a whole lot of difference in 2-3 inches and i too love those ruger scouts they seem like awesome woods guns but if i were you i would go after the 18 inch barrel if that is an option hope this helps.
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Old 09-26-2014, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by cammogunner
i have never shot a 18 or 16 inch 308 or 7mm-08 but i have shot a 16.5 inch 30-30 and it is very easy on the ears i cant imagine that there would be a whole lot of difference in 2-3 inches and i too love those ruger scouts they seem like awesome woods guns but if i were you i would go after the 18 inch barrel if that is an option hope this helps.
SAAMI Standards for the rounds in question:

30-30 Winchester = 42,000psi
308 winchester = 62,000psi
7mm-08 Remington = 61,000psi

Audible volume is proportionate to pressure, so quite literally, the 308win is around 50% louder than the 30-30win.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:34 AM
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My wife has a Ruger compact in 7MM-08 and we have a second in .308. Cute little buggers! Their BBL's are thin, and they heat up quickly. They are rather loud with a very noticeable muzzle flash. They do kill deer though!
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