Written on: 25/10/2011 by RRogerRabbit (8 reviews written)
*Re-written the below as have had a few more developments* I've tried these in 22 and 17 HMR Rimfire, and .243 - so I can give a good account (I ended up with 3 because the distributors decoying.co.uk are a bunch of shysters!). In .22 this moderator is typical of sound moderators in this price range, and costs £130 - it is almost identical in sound reduction to the SAK (costing £30), and though of over-the-barrel design it still extends in from of the barrel almost as much as the SAK. It is quite heavy in comparison to the SAK. They get a lot quieter with use – I was told by another owner of one of these to never clean it and it will get quieter as it cokes-up... he was right and it’s now pretty good! The design of the DM80 seems to change like the wind and though I have 3 DM80's (2 bought at the same time) they are not recogniseable as the same make - one has a rear brush; one doesn't. One disassembles by hand; the other needs an allen key... I spoke to Dave Mercer who makes them and he advised me there are a lot of his older models floating around and being sold as new by less than reputable suppliers, so beware! In .17HMR though I'm convinced there is a very slight sound reduction from the DM80 though none of my shooting friends can hear a difference between this and the SAK I had on there before. I used to regularly clean it out, however there is already significant corosion visible on the inside of the moderator and now I don’t clean it I’m sure this will worsten. In .243 I initially stated this was “HEAVY and CUMBERSOME” – However having seen a T8 and a Wildcat and felt the weight I think it’s actually good compared to these! It just feels rather heavy on the front of a light sporter like my rifle. It extends past the barrel further than the ASE Ultra. It isn't as quiet as the MAE T12 or ASE Ultra, but then these cost a lot more money so I guess you get what you pay for. So why do I have 3 of these - the first one was for my HMR as an experiment, and wasn't any better than the SAK. The second one I got as part of a deal with a .22, and whilst I was speaking to the distributor (decoying.co.uk) I asked if they'd do me a deal on a .243 model - they said they would and it would be with me in 5 days...A week later they still hadn't delivered so I tried to cancel - they told me it was custom work so I couldn't as work had already begun. An hour later they told me they had had a lathe issue and it hadn't been started! Again I tried to cancel, so they ignored my calls and emails for a week then said I couldn't cancel as work had begun!!! Then after I threatened legal action they got really nasty (I actually received a threat to burn my house down from someone with the same accent but I can’t prove who it was!). Luckily I found a buyer for the .243 so decided to cut my losses rather than have to speak to these bunch of cretins again. I’m decided on the MAE T12 which I’ve written a review for – they’re a lot more money and I guess it’s more a case of the DM80 having been sullied for me by Decoying.co.uk... if you go direct through Dave Mercer you shouldn’t have any problems as he’s a very reasonable guy, and his mods are very well made. My final comment on these is that they are probably the best moderator I’ve tried in this price range – so you won’t be disappointed if you go for one!