My ears are still ringing from the last few shots I took at deer with my .308 rifle, firing from inside a metal-walled blind (basically a tree house!) Even though I had my barrel a few inches outside the window when I fired, it was still deafening. That was a couple YEARS ago !!! So now that HB 60 passed in Georgia, and will take effect July 1, silencers will be legal for hunting on any private property where the landowner consents to the use of silencers, or on public property if the Department of Natural Resources has "designated" those lands as OK for silencer hunting. I'm interested in getting a silencer for a deer rifle. My own .308 rifle isn't one that I'd want to spend good money having the barrel threaded, and I see there ARE already on the market a number of bolt-action hunting rifles that come with threaded barrels, in the normal 5/8" diameter by 24 turns-per-inch thread pitch. Today at Dawsonville Gun and Pawn I saw a Savage Axis with a factory threaded barrel for only $279, and the Savage 111's with the Accu-Trigger were also available as threaded-muzzle silencer-ready options (with extra tall iron sights to see over the edge of the can!) for only $390 or so. They also had Remington 700 tactical rifles with threaded muzzles for a little more than normal 700s would sell for. All the ones I looked at came in .308 caliber, but there are other factory-threaded rifles in other popular calibers. Mossberg's bolt-action rifle that uses AR-15 magazines and comes in .223 is also going to be available in .300 AAC Blackout this summer, for about $600. It comes with a threaded muzzle, ready to screw on your can. I'm not so concerned with "subsonic" ammo in .308. I can shoot supersonic and I think it will be OK. Not movie-quiet; not like a Daisy BB gun. But it should be similar to shooting a regular .22 rifle with high velocity ammo. A sharp crack, but not a high pressure wave that thumps your skull and blows over your inner ear hair cells like so many tulips in the garden during a hurricane. The .308 class of silencers do cost some money, though. $600 to $1200 is the price range I'm seeing. Plus $200 to ATF for the NFA tax stamp. Plus fingerprint and background check costs and getting a passport sized photo, unless you go the Trust route, and up until the ATF closes that perceived loophole by making "responsible parties" to a Trust also get background-checked and get the Sheriff's approval. I have a perfectly good .308 deer rifle, but I'm still thinking about: 1-- buying a new rifle with a factory-threaded barrel in .308 for $400. 2-- buying an inexpensive (heavy, not as small as it could be) silencer for $550 if I shop around. Add $250 for tax and fees so that's a $800 investment there. I already have .308 ammo, spare rifle scopes, and slings. So for $1200 I can get this new rig for big game hunting that won't risk my hearing. I wonder.... should I do it?