Originally Posted by trapper ron
I tell a guy to do what works best for him and people blow it out of the water...but saying that every shooter and hunter should have a muzzle brake on their rifle i don't know. A person should use what works best for him or her. And to the one that says everyone that I've guided must have been all good shots the answer is no they weren't some good and some not so good. And to say that if you don't have a brake on that your just going to wound a bunch of game is just not so. Like i say just shoot what works best for you not what works best for everyone else. If its a brake or not..
I agree that we should do what works best for us. But a fact is this...anyone will more accurately shoot a rifle with 1/2 the recoil better. END OF STORY. I dont care how tuff we are...its recoil speed and energy and how your body reacts to it on average that will cause this. It is much less important on a 223 than a 338 but even a 223 will show differences.
A lot of this is LRH specific. More powder,lead,recoil. More NEED to see an impact(or miss). 2nd round capability etc are really LRH things and not so much at 100 yds.
Yes you will wound more animals on AVERAGE at LR without a brake for the aforementioned reasons and 10 others. And it does seem hard to beleive but these are the kind of things that matter with a LR shot that might not matter as much at 300-400 yds.
Best of luck to all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
TOMMORROW IS THE 1 DAY OF THE YEAR A BRAKE SUCKS! hANGOVER+338=ANEURISM