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Old January 9, 2014, 03:24 PM   #1
Willie Lowman
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Cooling off a can

I have gone to the local indoor range a few times lately. At the end of my shooting session I have a dirty SCAR and a suppressor that will melt anything it touches. So I am stuck standing around waiting for my silencer to cool off enough that I can put it in my gun case. Waiting in a room full of people who give a terrified/suspicious look if you dare say "hello" to them. (http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=539292)

I have seen people dip their pistol suppressors in water to cool them while shooting. I do not intend to dip my rifle can in water.

So, do you do anything to cool your can off at the end of a range trip? I have thought about getting a CO2 dust sprayer to blow cool air through it. Or make a pouch for it out of an oven mit or something.
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Old January 9, 2014, 05:55 PM   #2
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Well, I don't have any special technique or anything. I let my rifle suppressor cool off before I pack it away. Often I'll shoot something else last so I'm not just hanging around while it cools. But if I don't have time to let it cool I'll let it hang out of the end of my rifle bag so it doesn't touch anything - I have my rifle in a break-down bag so it's still fairly compact even with the suppressor hanging out.

My pistol can is a different story. It doesn't get anywhere near as hot as a rifle suppressor so I just wrap it in a rag to take it off and pack it away.

I was told by several people that if you use water to cool off a suppressor you can warp it. I don't know how much of an issue that might be, but I have no interest in finding out.
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Old January 9, 2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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I like the oven mitt idea. Might have to adopt that one. Do they make em in black with velcro.... Like a "tactical suspressor cooling off device".

Might be a market there
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Old January 9, 2014, 06:53 PM   #4
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Yeah, I've seen some high-speed suppressor-handling gloves that are really nothing more than cheap black oven mitts with a logo.
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Old January 10, 2014, 10:49 AM   #5
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I may be crazy here but I just bring a large glass of water. I dunk the suppressor and its cool again. Also usually a wet suppressor is more quiet than a dry suppressor. When I get home they get a bath in my Ultrasonic cleaner and then dried out to prevent rust.

putting them inside an oven mitt may be a good idea if you are dead set against water.
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Old January 10, 2014, 11:33 AM   #6
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Deja vu...

You just dunk your rifle suspressor into water?

Ive heard thats ok for pistol cans that dont get as hot but will ruin a rifle can if dunked at temp. Tell us about your experiences
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Old January 10, 2014, 11:55 AM   #7
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Oven Mitt here
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Old January 10, 2014, 12:20 PM   #8
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My rifle can is a 45-70 on a lever action. It does not get as hot as some thing would on an AR/AK

I dunk it every reload so its only taking 7 shots max. It still gets hot (there is lots of gas in a 45-70) but not so hot that I worry about dunking it.



This has been by primary elk gun for a few years. Unfortunately I did not draw for an elk this year so I did not get to try it suppressed on but it did work well on the mule deer I got.
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Old January 11, 2014, 01:46 AM   #9
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Isopropyl alcohol, rubbing alcohol, will cool metal surfaces much quicker than water and will not rust gun metal.

I use it to cool my 300WBY between strings in the summer. I soak a wash cloth and rub the barrel. It will sizzle and fume but significantly shortens the time it takes my barrel to cool. A minute vs several minutes just venting. It can be applied inside and out.

I'm not worried about the vapor being toxic, they rub it on skin for therapy.
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Old January 11, 2014, 02:45 AM   #10
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Isopropyl alcohol, rubbing alcohol, will cool metal surfaces much quicker than water and will not rust gun metal.

I use it to cool my 300WBY between strings in the summer. I soak a wash cloth and rub the barrel. It will sizzle and fume but significantly shortens the time it takes my barrel to cool.
You're talking about using it on a bolt-action rifle barrel, not a suppressor. A suppressor gets a lot hotter than the barrel of the gun it's being used on. And you're talking about your bolt-action rifle; a suppressor on a semi-auto rifle gets much hotter than your barrel ever will. And I wouldn't even suggest using water to cool a rifle silencer down, let alone rubbing alcohol; if water can cool it down fast enough to warp it, what do you think alcohol will do?
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Old January 11, 2014, 06:41 AM   #11
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I wrap the suppressor in a small welding blanket and then just put it in my case. I use this one...

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...4721_200324721
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