Originally Posted by grit
These two photos show a few things. The brake has been tapered to match the barrel, and blended seamlessly. For entertainment, the barrel taper is .067 degrees. In keeping with the short, burly barrel, I added a little wall thickness between the ports for a stout look. I cut the thread tenon length and crown after the barrel has been timed. This allows me to place the crown flush with the first port for easy cleaning. An exaggerated recessed crown is cut on the front of the brake for looks.
A while back on this thread Wildrose posted this "Thanks again for starting up this thread. I think it will help a lot of people begin to understand the difference in an of the rack gun vs something crafted by an artisan."
I think this really defines what Lorenzo is doing on this build and every job he takes on. In this case I requested a very thick barrel (M40) contour and I wanted it cut short at 20" for use in a deer blind. Because of this when Lorenzo cut the barrel to length the end of the barrel was thicker than the average off the shelf muzzle brake
. He didn't just slap on a muzzle brake and do it "half ass". He went the extra mile and hand crafted a custom muzzle brake that would follow the barrel contour perfectly and make it look like part of the barrel. I think that this attention to detail shows the difference between a true craftsman building the best rifle possible and a run of the mill gunsmith building a gun from a bunch of parts from a catalog and calling it a custom gun.