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The Wolverine/Huggett: Stealth Predator Gun

Posted by on March 17, 2013

I got my new Daystate Wolverine earlier in the week, and with a busy schedule it had to sit for a day or two before I could get it sighted in. I’d had one of the first Wolverines that came into the country to use for a couple hunts, and some range work and plinking in between. I really liked the rifle and had a lot of success shooting long range jack rabbits with it. I liked almost everything about the gun, it has a beautiful and ergonomic stock, it was accurate, a nice trigger, and I liked the concept of the .303 caliber gun shooting a range limited projectile. My only two complaints is that it’s a fairly large package, but this is not a big deal on a larger caliber gun and it balances so well that it doesn’t feel it’s size/weight. A bigger issue for me was that the gun was loud, and as I was looking for a suburban hunting gun (which I the reason I like the reduced BC on the Diabolo pellets). I heard at the Extreme Bench Rest competition that the new guns would incorporate he Huggett suppression system, so based on that experience and faith in the Huggett enhancement, I placed my order.

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I think the Wolverine is one of the most ergonomically designed big bores I’ve shot. The shelf and the pistol grip provides and excellent thumbs up hold on the rifle.

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The bolt action cycles quickly, indexes the five shot magazine flawlessly, and has a sold and smooth lock up. I think it’s going to be an excellent predator gun.

When the Wolverine arrived, the gun was in the box unshrouded, with the shroud nestled into a padded slot next to it. I cleaned the gun, mounted the shroud, and filled it to 25o BAR, then let it sit for a couple days to make sure it was holding pressure….. which it did. I then mounted a Hawke 3-9X40 scope using BKL medium profile rings. This scope has excellent quality glass, and I think the perfect magnification options for this particular gun. Additionally it is compact and light, and fits the rifle well keeping the weight down.

One of the things I was interested in was how effective the Huggett suppressor was in quieting the gun down. I’d fired a couple shots out the back door when I’d first filled the gun, and was really impressed by just how quiet the rifle was. I thought is sounded quieter than some of my other shrouded standard bore pcps, and was obviously an order of magnitude quieter than the original gun. I have a sound meter application on my iPad, and set it on a table next to me, loaded and cocked my Benjamin Marauder .25, Daystate Huntsman Classic .22, and Wolverine then fired one shot with each gun. In the attached screen capture you see the waveform amplitude from all three guns followed by two handclaps as a point of reference. The sounds appeared to be about the same loudness, but were different. When I look at the waveforms, it appears that the Wolverine is a bit louder than either of the other moderated guns but peaks later and is sustained a little longer.

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The Huggett sound suppression system is very effective and brings this guns sound signature down to where you can shoot in the basement or backyard with no problem.

One of the reasons that I’m hung up on the sound level produced by this gun is that I really want to use it to do some urban hunting and on some smaller properties. I think the performance characteristics of the .303 pellets are the perfect fit, but if the bark noted with the original unshrouded gun isn’t substantially reduced, it won’t fulfill my requirement. I was very pleased with the results, the gun was about as loud as many standard caliber/power pcp’s….. I love the fact that it’s a backyard friendly mid bore that I can get a lot of practice in with.

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While I’m not sure of how accurate the measurements are with this app, I believe it gives a good idea of the relative intensity of the three guns measured, along with a couple claps of the hand as a reference point.

I had laser sighted the gun and when I got out in the field, set a target at 75 yards and shot a few groups off my gorilla sticks while sitting in the snow. I was getting groups slightly larger than a quarter, which suited my purpose just fine. I wasn’t bench testing the gun, just making sure that if I called a coyote into 75 yards I could drop him with a headshot. I bought ten tins of pellets with the gun, and am trying to get some hunting time in with the Wolverine before taking it with me to Texas in a couple weeks. Sometime before then I’ll get out for a serious range session and get chrony measurements and shoot some benchrested groups printed.

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One of my 75 yard five shot groups, shot off my sturdy Gorilla sticks.

As I mentioned in the last couple blog entries, I’m just moving into Minnesota, and have been looking for new spots to hunt. I’ve driven out to two big farms and a big private bird hunting club to see if they’d let me hunt predators on their property …… all three said sure, just call and let us know when you’ll be on the property! If everybody is this cool about it, I could be looking at virtually unlimited coyote hunting close to home in my future!!

I went out tonight and started hiking one of the new areas, hiking a trail I’d marked using Google maps. Saw lots of deer, a scattering of pheasant, and coyote tracks were fairly thick. I realized on the drive out that I hadn’t bought my hunting license yet, and rather than returning to but one decided to make this a pure scouting trip, and for that reason choose not to call (no reason to educate the dogs just to satisfy my curiosity). But I’ll be back out this week with calls, lamps……. and of course, the Wolverine.

6 Responses to The Wolverine/Huggett: Stealth Predator Gun

  1. matt lorenz

    where can i buy a suppressor for my wolverine?

    • Jim Chapman

      Hi Matt;
      buying a moderator in the US (I’m guessing your in the US?) is tricky because of the strict laws. Contact the guys at AoA, they will probably have to fit it at the factory and ship your gun back to you. The Hugget system is outstanding, and it’s a day and night difference, well worth getting.
      Jim

  2. Ken

    I really do not understand the suppressor issue. These are not firearms and consequently do not fall under the purview of the ATF. It’s the same as being afraid to put a muffler on your law mower or any other noisy engine. People have to start standing up for themselves or we are going to be literal slaves to the government. If no FFL is required to receive the rifle, then there is no problem with the noise suppressor either.

    • Jim Chapman

      Hi Ken;
      The problem for an individual is deciding if they want to risk prosecution by an overzealous prosecutor. The laws regarding moderators are pretty strict, and the fact is that the moderator itself is classified as a firearm if it can be removed from the gun. If I was to challenge the law and loose, it would cost my professional licenses, my profession, and the income that is putting three kids though university ……. probably my right to own a firearm and hunt as well. I’ll follow the regulations. For a company, it’s a question of whether they want to stay in business, which is the reason for a company existing. If you disagree with the existing laws, the only practical remedy is to lobby for changes in legislation.

  3. robert neuman

    I used to own an rws model 52 air rifle. Fine piece of equipment
    But I wish to upgrade to a more powerful . That packs more of a punch mostly for pheasant. Or turkey and occasional varmit.
    I know I need a high muzzle velocity but can these be aquirred with a .22 or.25 caliber? And if so can you point me in the right direction. Which guns are
    you better qualified and names. And where to purchase?
    Thankyou. Robert neuman

    • Jim Chapman

      Hi Robert; the RWS 52 is a handful of gun, but an excellent one. You didn’t say if you were going for another springer or a PCP, but since you want to step up in power I’m guessing a PCP. For turkey my experience (which isn’t extensive as I’ve only taken a few with air) is that a .25 works significantly better than a .22 for these big birds, certainly if you’re trying for anything other than a head or neck shot. I have a friend in Virginia that has taken quite a few turkey and swears by the .25, and I put a lot of weight behind his opinions. If I was going for a dedicated turkey gun, based on my experience with Guinea fowl while in SA, would suggest you have a look at the FX Boss or Daystate Wolverine .30’s. I take it you are in the States, and if that is the case would point you right here at AOA.
      Regards,
      Jim

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