As we transition into fall, what better time than now to introduce you to a do-it-all suppresser that’s at home in the hunting blind or stand. However, the Harvester EVO isn’t just for hunting. It has the desirable attributes that make it ideal for that role, though, like being lightweight, durable, and providing a minimal point of impact shift.
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Before we get any further, here are its specs:
Weight: 11.1 oz
Length: 6.24 inches
Diameter: 1.57 inches
Materials: Cobalt-6, Inconel, and 17-4 Stainless Steel
Caliber Rating: .223 REM/5.56 NATO to .300 WIN
Let’s be honest; if a suppressor isn’t lightweight, you probably won’t use it, especially if you have a long hike to your stand or are smaller in stature. Weight can add up, though, even if you don’t have a long haul. Pulling your kit up into an elevated stand will help you appreciate any weight saving you can get. The good news is that since it weighs a little more than 11 ounces, the Harvester EVO won’t break your back. When paired with a lightweight rifle, this can make the perfect backcountry setup. Another byproduct of being lightweight is it helps keep your rifle balanced. Throwing a heavy suppressor on the end of a hunting rifle can mess with a firearm’s balance and feel. Depending on your setup and shooting position that imbalance can lead to accuracy issues.
Hunting stands or blinds usually are tight quarters. Adding additional length to your barrel can cause maneuverability issues, so you want to keep it to a minimum. The Harvester EVO’s short length of 6.24 inches ensures you don’t run into any issues. You won’t have to make any significant sacrifices in the decibel department either. Even with the short length, this silencer still provides top-tier sound reduction.
Most hunters will opt for direct thread due to its weight savings. SilencerCo recognized that and included two direct threat adapters, which will cover the vast majority of your popular hunting calibers. If you’re looking for more rapid attachment and detachment, the Harvester EVO is compatible with the Bravo ASR Mount, which will work with SIlencerCo’s full line of ASR muzzle devices.
Hunting larger game often involves magnum cartridges and large calibers, so you want to ensure your suppressor can withstand this abuse. Thanks to modern alloys like Cobalt-6, Inconel and 17-4 stainless steel, the Harvester EVO is prepared to accomplish the mission with calibers up to .300 WIN.
Accuracy is paramount when hunting. It can mean the difference between bagging that trophy buck you have been chasing or going home empty-handed. When adding a suppressor to a rifle, you have the potential to change the point of impact (POI). You want to select a suppressor that provides as little of a point of impact shift as possible, and if you have a shift, you want it to be consistent. In my testing at 50 yards, I shot a Ruger American Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor. I used three different ammunition types: Sellier & Bellot 6.5 Creedmoor 140 gr, Winchester 6.5 Creedmoor 140 gr Match and Gorilla 6.5 Creedmoor 142 gr SMK. Honestly, all the ammo impressed me, especially with minimal POI shift. I compared the POI of each ammo with and without the suppressor, and the shift was not discernible.
Additionally, my groups got slightly tighter with the Harvester EVO installed, as depicted in the photo. If you miss with the EVO, you will have to blame something other than the suppressor.
Hopefully, this article made your hunting suppressor search a little easier. Speaking of being easy, I almost forgot to mention the $680 MSRP. The Harvester EVO will take it easy on your wallet. This will leave a little wiggle room in your hunting budget for other things, such as an amazing scope.
Best wishes in the hunting stand this year. I’m excited to take it out on a hunt and look forward to reporting back to you about my experience.
Looking for the EVO and maybe other suppressors? Check out SilencerCo’s website.