Originally Posted by TMR
Easy decision, get one of each!
I agree with Kirby that there is no replacement for horsepower. I also agree with George in that there is no replacement for practice. All of my personal rifles are setup exactly the same way so the feel is the same no matter what rifle I get behind from my match rifles to hunting rifles. The recoil might change, but practice forces you to learn conditions. Obviously a 308 is going to be drastically different than a 300RUM in terms of ballistics, but the 308 forces you to know exactly what the wind is doing at all ranges. Thankfully my range of rifles is all pretty close on ballistics....the spread is about 1moa of windage at 1k among them. Brakes just make thing more pleasant to shoot. I (and alot of others including George and Kirby) run them on just about everything we have from 243's on up. Its not so much about recoil, its about recovering and staying on your target. Yup, there is alot of blast.....Yup a guy needs to wear hearing protection(which you should be anyway). The benefits do outweigh the downsides of brakes IMHO. The difference between a 7WSM with 180's and a 300RUM with 210's isn't that much at 1k, but it is a difference, with the performance going to the RUM. Recoil in a braked RUM or WSM is next to nothing and just not a concern. Both can be made to be extremely accurate. The RUM does suffer from poor barrel life, but that is the price of performance. That is why I build so many duplicate setups in smaller calibers for guys so they can shoot all year, then switch over to the big gun and never miss a beat.
There really isn't a wrong choice here. Just have to understand the differences and pick whats best for you. Its hard to have a "one gun does it all" rifle with a compromise somewhere.
Well said. I think there's a hell of a lot of misinformation about muzzle brakes being spouted all over the internet.
Yes some of them are utterly brutal with both the noise and the blast wave they generate.
However there are a number of models available that do not increase noise for the shooter or anyone directly beside or behind them and many that are side/top discharge only that will greatly reduce dusting.
I have a factory brake (soon to be replaced) on my 7mm STW that is absolutely brutal noise/blast wise and marginal at best at reducing muzzle flip and felt recoil.
I also have a Shrewd Varmint brake that is just a pleasure to shoot and virtually eliminates dusting.
On my Rum there is a Gentry Quiet brake which reduces muzzle flip and recoil dramatically and is exceptionally easy on my ears, but it's a 360 deg discharge so it's not particularly appropriate for prone shooting.
I like to shoot, hell I shoot usually at least four or five days a week and be it game or varmints I'm shooting critters of some sort just as often and muzzle brakes simply make shooting these rifles a much more enjoyable experience all the way around.