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View Poll Results: Do you have a brake on your 300 Win Mag?
Yes: I like it. 491 40.44%
No: I am not a wimp. 183 15.07%
No: But I am seriously thinking of one. 540 44.48%
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Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

 
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:52 PM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

Bowhunter:I have a 257 STW which I had custom built right after Lane Simpson introduced the cartridge about 15 years ago. I have shot it a lot, have taken several deer with it, and it is one of my favorite rifles. When I decided I wanted one, I called Simpson for info, and he was very high on the cartridge at the time, but he does not mention it much anymore, and has taken it off his favorite cartridges list, last I heard. When he introduced it, he also published a ton of reloading info with it...various powders, bullets, etc, as well as group sizes, high and low groups and averages, and the most efficient powders and bullets. They definitely can be barrel burners, so you have to keep them spotlessly clean. Mine probably has about 2000 rounds through it, and it shows no sign of extraordinarily high barrel wear. It still shoots 1/2 MOA groups, shoots very flat, and is accurate with a number of loads. I would recommend to anyone contemplating building one to put a variable scope that goes to a relatively high magnification to fully take advantage of the cartridge's extraordinary capabilities. The only problem I encountered is that my barrel is much tighter than any used by Simpson and I had to come down about 15% to make his loads work in my rifle.
( I just found the magazine, and it is "Shooting Times" , June of 1998, volume 19, issue #6. The article begins on page 46 and it is very lengthy, giving you everything you need to know to reload, OAL,, powders, primers, bullets, etc. On page 49 , he lists 61 loads, including Hornady, Nosler, Sierra, Berger, Remington, and Speer bullets from 75 to 120 grains, and 16 powders, with results from several different rifles and barrel lengths and scopes. He has an accuracy legend that shows his most accurate loads were all using either Reloder 22 or 25.) I have one difference of opinion with his recommendations, and that is the use of Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets. They are great for punching paper, but if you shoot a deer with them, they literally blow the deer up. I shot one deer at about 85 yards with an 85 gr. NBT, and it completely disemboweled the deer upon exiting. The exit hole was the entire soft side of the deer, and all vital organs and the complete digestive tract were outside the deer. They do work better at longer ranges. If your friend cannot find this info, leave me a message, I will photocopy the page and send it to him.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:01 AM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

I don't have a .300 Win Mag yet though I am looking at purchasing one and I will have a brake on the one I buy. You can always take it off when you hunt if you want to. I had a custom .375 H&H that a gentileman I know built for me that put a brake on it that he believed in. It was my first rifle over .30-06 and the first muzzle brake I had ever used and all I can say is that .375 H&H was so tame that it was real pleasure to shoot even from the bench.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:59 PM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

The 30-06 was voted the cartridge of the 20th century, and rightfully so. It won the second world war. But IMHO, the 300 Win mag is the finest cartridge ever produced. Flatshooting, inherently accurate case, capable od shooting bullets accurately from 125 gr. to 250 gr., it can be used for any North American big game. 80 grains of reloder 22 behind a Nosler silver tip produces a cartridge that drives a bullet at about 3300 fps. Everyone has their favorite cartridge, and this is mine, which is why I have three of them. With a good brake, they are almost recoiless
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:21 AM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

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The 30-06 was voted the cartridge of the 20th century, and rightfully so. It won the second world war. But IMHO, the 300 Win mag is the finest cartridge ever produced. Flatshooting, inherently accurate case, capable od shooting bullets accurately from 125 gr. to 250 gr., it can be used for any North American big game. 80 grains of reloder 22 behind a Nosler silver tip produces a cartridge that drives a bullet at about 3300 fps. Everyone has their favorite cartridge, and this is mine, which is why I have three of them. With a good brake, they are almost recoiless
It would take a lot of work to come up with a cogent argument to the contrary.

If I were stuck having to pick one single caliber for all of my rifle hunting it would be a horse race between the 300wm and 7mm STW. Figure in barrel life and the 300wm of course wins the horse race.

Fortunately I'll never be in such a position to have to choose between them.. .
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:30 AM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

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It would take a lot of work to come up with a cogent argument to the contrary.

If I were stuck having to pick one single caliber for all of my rifle hunting it would be a horse race between the 300wm and 7mm STW. Figure in barrel life and the 300wm of course wins the horse race.

Fortunately I'll never be in such a position to have to choose between them.. .
I'm a fan of my .300 WM. 79.5 gr of h1000 under a 308gr Amax is .25 moa shooter and supersonic out to 1400 yards. It has it's idiosyncrasy's because of the belt when it comes to reloading but once you sort that out it's smooth sailing.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:15 PM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

best muzzle brake = suppressor. If you live in a free state anyway. I run a elite iron on my 300 win. half the recoil, no ear plugs needed. win win.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:56 PM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

Joe 0121: Use a neck sizer and the belt is taken out of the equation.
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