Pete sent us this very nifty .357 Magnum / .38 Special ultra-quiet suppressed hunting carbine. I LOVE this kind of setup. Here is what Pete said …

This project was born from a whisper-quiet suppressed H&R Handi Rifle in .357 Magnum. While the Handi Rifle was a lot of fun to shoot, I wanted a repeater that was compact, well balance and accurate. And the Ruger 77/357 was the perfect platform for an all around woods rifle.

Using 148grn .38 Special Remington wadcutters, the hammer dropping on the firing pin and the round hitting steel are the loudest sounds when shooting the Ghost. With full power .357 Magnum, this gun will be capable of taking most medium sized game.

Forstner drill bits and a Dremel with a sanding wheel were used to inlet the stock to accept the suppressor. This gives the rifle an integrally-suppressed length and feel, while still maintaining the ability to move or upgrade the suppressor as needed.

This was a fun and satisfying project that should provide a compact rifle that will be quiet and stealthy in a woods setting. Hence the name, “Grey Ghost”.

* Rifle: Ruger 77/357

* ATF Form 1: ATF EFile

* Suppressor: Liberty Mystic

* Barrel Threading: Dallas Shooting Supplies

* Optic: Vortex Diamondback 1.75-5x

* Tungsten Cerakote: SMI Powdercoat

* NFA Engraving: c/o MAC Tactical

* Trigger Work: Volquartsen 77/22 Target Sear

* Stock: Boyds Hunter

Thanks Pete, and a special thanks for including your parts list.

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  • noob

    nice 🙂 what is the dB level at the ear of the shooter? does the short barrel reduce the suppressor’s effectiveness?

    • North Polar

      I don’t think he’s used a meter to test, but he has said it is ‘very quiet.’ With some of the heavier handloads the guys are talking about, it should be as close to actually silent as you can get, but still hit like a ton of bricks.

  • BattleshipGrey

    That is SWEET. Great job!

  • sianmink

    Super nice. Really appreciate the parts list. I bet that thing is a great shooter, and just straight up giggleworthy with heavy subsonic .38 handloads.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I think it looks great!

    But I recently learned here that short bolt guns with suppressors are only to be tacticool, have no function, and ruin classic hunting guns :

    • Axel

      No, you learned that getting the CZ 527 in 300 blackout was silly.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Oh right! I forgot, rifle calibers in rifles “tacticool”. Pistol calibers in rifles – awesome!

    • Southpaw89

      I’ve heard that some states have legalized or are looking at legalizing suppressors for hunting, something like this would make a great brush gun if you lived in one of them.

  • MclarenF1Forever

    For those interested even more thump, Tom Denall in OR makes the “Silent Destroyer”, and integrally suppressed 77/44.

    • Giolli Joker

      Is he the same guy that does even .50AE suppressed conversions on the same base rifle?
      Integrally suppressed rifles are even sexier…

    • avconsumer2

      Wow. Schmexy. (watched vids)

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Photos like this make me want to move to an NFA-friendly state like yesterday. I have a 77/44 that I would do the same work to in a heartbeat. 240gr .44spl subsonics would hit like a freight train, let alone 320gr .44mag heavies.

    • Tyler John Richards

      Try living in an unfriendly country! haha up Kanada we aren’t allowed fun things like suppressors.

    • dan citizen

      Do it! It is so worth it.

  • MPWS

    Amazing what can be done while using ammo far from ideal as far as typical hunting ballistics are concerned.

  • Grindstone50k

    Wow, that looks fantastic and I bet it does it’s job very well. Filing that away in the “Dream projects I’ll never get around to doing or have the spare cash for”.

  • Blake

    Excellent project. I’d love to do the same thing with a levergun.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I forget the model, but someone (Ruger?) had one with a box mag even. Although the tube may be more desirable for looks.

      • Giolli Joker

        My first thought goes to the Browning BLR, but sure it’s not the only one out there (and it’s not .357).

      • North Polar

        Lever action with a box mag? Usually a Browning BLR, but I don’t think they did one in .357

      • Tassiebush

        Ruger 96 in .44mag I believe.

        • John Tibbetts (John’s Guns) built a few integrally suppressed Ruger 96/44, but was better known for his integrally suppressed 77/44.

          • Tassiebush

            Those sound like they’d be wonderfully handy!

          • Tibbetts’ conversions were slick because they simply looked like a bull barrel rifle. Alas, the folks that now own John’s Guns no longer catalog the 96/44 and 77/44 conversions.

      • Blake

        Browning BLR, the modern evolution of the 1895 Win. action. There are others, but they’re mostly out of production (Savage 99, Sako Finnwolf). Ruger also had the model 96 in rimfire calibers & 44 Mag, but stopped in 2009.

  • Jeff Smith

    What’s the length of the barrel?

    • North Polar

      10.5″ I believe is what I read on arfcom

  • Duray

    “The hammer dropping on the firing pin…” Ummm….somebody needs a schematic.

    • DIR911911 .

      must have been in AR thought mode 🙂

  • jamezb

    I salute the super sexy silent superstar!

  • LongBeach

    That is an extremely badass rifle. I hope one day to move out of this kommunist empire and build such a freedom-dispensing rifle.

  • Blake

    Never get tired of watching that one &ltgrin&gt

  • uisconfruzed

    Very nice, I’ll take mine in a 44.

  • Landbarger

    I’m surprised at Georgia and Florida for disallowing their use during hunting.

    But then I’m more surprised Maryland allows them at all…

    • RocketScientist

      I BELIEVE (though not sure) that they were recently legalized in FL for hunting. May not have gone into effect but I swear a bill allowing this was passed recently… too tired to look it up right now.

  • I wonder if it would feed and chamber rounds loaded with the Penn Bullets 230gr “Thunderhead” wadcutter.

    https://www.pennbullets.com/38/38230tndrhd.html