Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?
The question is not whether or not to put a brake on anything, but rather, will a brake make me shoot better. And the answer for me is definitely yes...and not a little bit. I put brakes on everything, even my 25-06-AI. I do not like recoil, and with a brake, I am comfortable, less tense, and can settle down and keep my eyes open when I shoot. A good brake will allow even a 300 win mag (I have 3) to shoot so softly that you can see the bullet hit the target through the scope (if you have a scope that goes to 12 or higher.) I shot a deer once and placed the bullet right behind the last rib and low. It ran off like it wasn't touched. I saw the bullet hit the deer and I knew exactly where I hit it. My partner was about to desert me when we finally found the deer, only about 75 yards away, shot right through the liver. Without the brake, I would not have known that I hit the deer in a vital spot, and I would have given up and left a dead deer to rot. One of the greatest benefits of a brake is when you have a son or daughter who has reached hunting age, and you need to buy a rifle. A lot of people automatically go to a .243, a cartridge that I personally think should not be legal for deer. m(And I know I will get a ton of flak for that statement.) But, if you are willing to put a brake on your kid's rifle, you can buy at least a 308, have a rifle that shoots softer than the 243 by far, and won't have to be replaced the next year when junior wants a more powerful gun.
Regarding the range issue, yes, it can irritate other shooters. But I always warn other shooters near me and I visually check to make sure they have their "ears on" before I shoot. The only complaint I have ever had is that the brake blows sand back into other stalls from the cheap sand bags some people use. I always try to get to the range early and brush off all the tables so the sand is not an issue. I have not had a complaint since. And the bottom line is, why put up with being beaten to death by recoil; when there is a viable, reasonably priced option?