No. Just misconceptions from uneducated individuals. Same thing. Suppressor is the industry name. Silencer is a hollywood,layman term.
Takes about six months on the form to get approved. Not hard, just a wait. Prices are not bad considering the benefits.
And edited to say, legal to own in New Mexico...thats where your moving to right?
I know mine is pretty boring, but I hunt everything with a Rem ADL 300WM. I have gone to a lighter 165 barnes for deer. I will take the 180gr to the more timbered areas where we elk hunt. It is all black with a syn stock. I don't have a break. I have done nothing but loosen up the factory trigger and put on a VXII 4-12. Bad is it only holds 3 down and 1 in the hole(I know it should only take one). I have never weighed it, but I can tell you it beats me to death to get it sighted in and I am bruised for a couple weeks.
No offense but I don't think the suppressor is right for me in this application. I'd rather have it on a 22 for squirrel hunting :)
also, a couple of years ago on a backpack dall sheep hunt. the guide had a Remington 700 xcr. he was cleaning the rust off after the week, my all weather, had no rust. It is just a good mountain rifle. not so pretty you won't use it as a walking stick, but not ugly either.