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Old 11-15-2012, 09:57 AM
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Re: 338 RUM performance

If it works for you, keep doing it.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:29 PM
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Re: 338 RUM performance

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I did not read all of the posts but have a little input. My 338RUM BDL kicked pretty hard with 300gr loads but then I added a lighter synthetic stock (Bell Carlson Alaskan) and a lighter weight scope (zeiss conquest) it kicks significantly less now and I have no intentions of adding a brake to it.
Yeah I will never have a rifle with a brake again. I'm glad to hear the recoil is manageable for you after the mods.
I plan on shooting mainly 225 grain bullets, after what I've read I'm not too worried about the recoil. I see guys putting brakes on 300 win mags and swearing by them, completely unnecessary in my book.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:50 PM
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Re: 338 RUM performance

Well, as I always say, if it works for you , keep doing it. Just be sure that you have gathered all relevant information before you make your choices. If you have never shot a .338 (any of them)with a brake, you need to go to the range, find someone who has one, and ask him if you can shoot it. He would be a pretty poor sportsman if he said no. Then take off the brake and fire the gun, and you will have all the relevant information you need to decide whether you want a brake. Pay the guy a few bucks and buy him a box of shells, and you have a decision made and a new friend. As I have posted several times before, I would not have a rifle above a .243 without putting a brake on it, but I have also admitted that I am hypersensitive to recoil.

Several years ago, I bought a Browning Highwall in 45-70. It has an especially nice piece of wood on it, and it is a beautiful gun. I have shot it five times. The recoil is vicious. The five shots made my right shoulder black, blue, orange, red, and several blends of all of the above. But, it has an octagonal barrel with a brown finish. Putting a brake on it could ruin the looks of the gun. I am going to take it down to Benchmark and see what they recommend. The two biggest problems are matching the barrel color, and getting a brake that, when it is screwed in tightly, all the barrel edges would line up.

Good luck!
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:33 PM
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Re: 338 RUM performance

I'm with the old guy, although I am not that young either. Having a brake make shooting all that much better and much more enjoyable, plus I like seeing what I am hitting through my scope. With the large bangers that doesn't happen much without one
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:47 PM
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Re: 338 RUM performance

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Yeah I will never have a rifle with a brake again. I'm glad to hear the recoil is manageable for you after the mods.
I plan on shooting mainly 225 grain bullets, after what I've read I'm not too worried about the recoil. I see guys putting brakes on 300 win mags and swearing by them, completely unnecessary in my book.

For a long range rifle it helps immensely to have a muzzle brake. From practicing more because of less recoil, having better form, and being able to spot shots. Another alternative is a suppressor for you. Best of both worlds.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:02 PM
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Re: 338 RUM performance

I shot my 338 rum for 4 years without a muzzle brake and I already had a 338 win mag with a brake. All I did was get scoped, black and blue and realized quickly that squeezing the trigger while barely hanging on to the gun was a bad idea. Now if I could get a break to tame my 338 rum like the brake tames my 300 rum. Today I tried opening up the holes on my brake by .030 hoping to improve the performance. Best guess, no significant change. Oh well.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:32 AM
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Re: 338 RUM performance

OLD GUY? Did you MEAN to say that? Old Guy? LOL! I would be deeply offended if it wasn't true. I had a complete knee replacement last Thursday, and I plan to be back at the range next week. Man, those years do go by and all of a sudden, you really are an "old guy." So, I will forgive you, RTK, for pointing out the obvious. I am getting to be an old guy, but at least you have to be really, really, REALLY old before you can not longer shoot, at least at the range.
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