I acquired a Browning A-bolt II Medallion from my Father in .338 RUM. 26" Barrel, 9X Leupold scope, etc.. His words exactly "Too much gun for the old man".
Being that I don't turn down good deals on guns, I figured why not
I shot 7 rounds out of this on my first outing and I had enough. Oddly enough the back of my shoulder was sore, and not the front. The gun even has one of those Kick-Eez Butt plates..
Seeing how this gun is more than likely never to be used in a hunting situation, and was not concerned about resale value, I looked into having the barrel threaded, and adding a muzzle brake
I did a lot of searching online for effective muzzle brakes
, especially for ones offered in 5/8 or 1/2" threads, since the A-bolt has a sporter profile barrel.
After talking with APS, I decided on their 3 port small muzzle brake. They cost more than a JP brake ($170 for the APS), but in terms of compactness, I liked the APS better. Had a local gunsmith cut the threads and install the brake for $100. I also added a small Harris bipod.
Looks beautiful in gloss black:
Now the question was does it work? I took the gun out Saturday, and needless to say I'm very pleased with the results. I put 10 rounds through it, and each shot felt like I was shooting .30-06 from an M1 Garand. My groups are still bad (mainly because of my impatience and lack of long distance shooting experience), but the gun is now more easily controlled.
APS Muzzle Brake outing:
Thanks again Kirby