Was reading an article yesterday by James Wesley Rawles titled: "Quiet Rimfire Shooting Without a Suppressor". And although it was mainly about .22 rimfire, it did somewhat address this issue in the body of the piece, under section titled "ALTERNATIVES". And even went so far as to suggest that, as a quiet stealth hunting alternative to firearms, slingshots are the superior choice, even to archery, for hunting small game, . . . provided you have the skills.
See article here: https://survivalblog...ppressor_by_mb/