Introduced a little over a month ago, the Whitetail rifle is quite an interesting new Liberty Suppressors product for hunters. It is basically a shortened and suppressed Ruger American Rifle chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor. The company advertises this weapon as an integrally suppressed rifle.
Here is how the company describes the Whitetail rifle (quoted from the rifle’s specs sheet):
Description: This suppressor is specifically engineered for the hunter in mind. We wanted to build a silencer system that was convenient to use, but also accurate as well as quiet. Built on the proven Ruger bolt action rifle system, this combination provides an accurate, reliable and now quiet option for the hunter to choose. We chose the 6.5mm rifle round for its inherent accuracy and reliability, this combination has proven to be a perfect match to our silencer module. Designed to keep the system light and maneuverable, we built the suppressor module to be only 2” longer than the original un-suppressed system. The design also has been developed to basically weight the exact same as the unmodified rifle. You won’t even notice the silencer is there, until you need it…
As you can see, Liberty Suppressors points out that this suppressed rig is very lightweight and compact. At 6 lb 8 oz, the overall weight of the Whitetail rifle is close to the standard unsuppressed Ruger American rifles in 6.5mm Creedmoor which weighs 6.6 lbs. Apparently, this was achieved by shortening the barrel length to 17″. With the suppressor attached, the “barrel length” (from breech face to the end of the can) is 24″ which is only two inches longer than the standard Ruger American 6.5 CM rifle barrel and four inches longer than the barrel of the Compact version of this Ruger rifle. The suppressor length is 13.5″ which means that about half of the suppressor telescopes over the barrel. The suppressor of the Whitetail rifle is also serviceable.
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