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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 02-07-2012, 12:43 PM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

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Like I said, If you don't hunt in the Southeast you'll never get it. I don't know what you call long range, but to me, it's past 300. And while your busy wondering what you could've done different, I'll be taking pictures with my trophy.
I have lived on the east coast, and I know what the hunting is like. I have never been in an area there where I felt I needed a 300 Win Mag. Now that isn't saying that you can't use one, but you aren't using it in the way most around here would feel is long range, that is usually 600+ and there are guys here regularly shooting past 1000 yards. I'm not quite on that level yet, but 450 yards on a mule deer in Colorado felt like a chip shot.

To me, "long range" requires time to set up, range the animal, calculate drop and wind, and dial in the trajectory. Shots are never made on running animals, and if the conditions aren't right, I won't make the shot. Putting in ear protection is part of my routine.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:05 PM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

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Like I said, If you don't hunt in the Southeast you'll never get it. I don't know what you call long range, but to me, it's past 300. And while your busy wondering what you could've done different, I'll be taking pictures with my trophy.
rather presumptuous and atopical

hearing protection in the short run is better than hearing aids in the long run

hearing loss is a proven phenomenon, not speculation or inuendo

be safe and happy hunting!

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Old 02-08-2012, 03:50 AM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

So you can save a little shoulder pain by lugging 100 lbs of lead from your car, up the stairs, then down to the underground range--back up and out to the car for your rifle, a few handguns, ammo, etc.......yeah, right!

Next day go to the chiropractor to adjust you back when you threw it out hauling that 100 pound bag off lead back to the car. By that time your knees are shot. Can hardly wait until next week and pay to use the range and mess up my back again. Purple shoulder looking pretty goog!!!
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:43 AM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

I have really enjoyed the use of Muzzle Brakes on my lighter weight and larger cartridge rifles. I use B&B Muzzleworks Muzzle masters. They throw the shock wave forward and are quieter to the shooter and the next bench over than a barrel without a Brake. They are also adjustable and do about the same thing as adjusting seating depth. Spendy but worth it!
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:11 AM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

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I have lived on the east coast, and I know what the hunting is like. I have never been in an area there where I felt I needed a 300 Win Mag. Now that isn't saying that you can't use one, but you aren't using it in the way most around here would feel is long range, that is usually 600+ and there are guys here regularly shooting past 1000 yards. I'm not quite on that level yet, but 450 yards on a mule deer in Colorado felt like a chip shot.

To me, "long range" requires time to set up, range the animal, calculate drop and wind, and dial in the trajectory. Shots are never made on running animals, and if the conditions aren't right, I won't make the shot. Putting in ear protection is part of my routine.
I wasn't debating whether or not he needed a .300 Win Mag. I was simply saying that when you have time like my 570 yard KS buck, hearing protection is an easy decision. Wear it. But when you don't have time it is also an easy decision. Pull the trigger.

I've seen enough bucks get away because one little thing didn't go right. I won't be looking at a buck and not shoot him because I'm not wearing hearing protection. And I don't think many on this forum would put the rifle down and put hearing protection on when they have a great buck in the scope.



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rather presumptuous and atopical
Only presumptuous if I know putting hearing protection in would've let the buck get away. It would have.

hearing protection in the short run is better than hearing aids in the long run
Agreed. I may be deaf when I'm old, but I'll be able to see all my bucks on the wall. ;)

hearing loss is a proven phenomenon, not speculation or inuendo
Who's debating that?

be safe and happy hunting!

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Old 02-08-2012, 01:41 PM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

We all have and will take that shot at a nice buck w/wo hearing protection and w/wo brake if/when necessary. (I'm guilty as charged)

My point is simply that hearing protection should be worn whenever possible regardless of whether you have a brake. It really shouldn't be a factor in the decision to brake or not.

Specific to LRH (beyond point blank or holding hair)... I contend that if you don't have time to protect your ears, you probably don't have time to properly dope your shot.

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Old 02-09-2012, 08:36 PM
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Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

I'm at zero disadvantage with my electronic ear muffs and I've actually picked up on game that others have not and gotten shots in thick stuff all while enjoying the comfort of shooting a rifle with a brake. No directional issues either, no ears ringing and no recoil just shooting and dragging The hardest part about hunting with electronic ear protection of some kind is making yourself do it, after a while you'll be missing them if you forget!!
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