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To brake or not to brake???

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Unread 05-30-2006, 08:50 AM
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Re: To brake or not to brake???

To brake or not to brake, that is the question?

The answer is .......BRAKE!

The only affect on accuracy, in my view, is that it increases accuracy of the system (me/rifle/rest). As for the rifle, as said above, it dosen't affect it one way or the other. However, the shooting of the rifle becomes immediately more consistent (after the initial amazement).

FWIW...Its worth it.
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Unread 05-30-2006, 07:54 PM
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Re: To brake or not to brake???


I have the Peltor tac 6, they are working good for me . I was a bit surprised by the volume level they allowed before cutoff but then realized that I was not having any " extreme noise " physical responses . That is a poor way of putting it but supper is almost ready [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

I wish that someone had taken me in tow a long time ago and shown me how to protect a valuable gift . If your shooting bench or long range hearing protection is no problem and a muzzle brake is / makes more sense than shooting poorly or ruining what you have left ( hearing )

Too late for me ( although I am wearing hearing protection nowadays ) bu t dfor a lot of you young fellers out there , wear 'em and be able to hear that trophy buck that sneaks close while you are looking far, ( it happens [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img])

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Unread 05-30-2006, 09:33 PM
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Re: To brake or not to brake???

Thanks Jim
I will give those a try. My older brother has lost alot of hearing & I have lost a little, we used to hunt alot with 44mag handguns. If you can wear these while hunting without problems, then I believe this would eliminate the only problem with brakes, unless I missed something & then why not use a brake?
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Unread 05-31-2006, 12:20 AM
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now when my wife hollars at me from across the house i cant even make out what she is saying!! then again maybe us men shouldnt use hearing protection!!!

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Unread 06-07-2006, 03:31 PM
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Re: To brake or not to brake???

Definitely get a brake. I have owned a couple of sporter weight 338WM's that I couldn't get to group very good due to the severe recoil when shooting from the bench. I now have a sporter weight 338RUM that I had ported before I ever shot it. It doesn't jump at all and it shoots half inch at 100 yds. I have been told that a good brake is more effective than what I have. Even so, mine is a pleasure to shoot.
I wouldn't want to shoot a 300RUM from the bench with heavy loads without recoil reduction. Good luck! Sam
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Unread 06-07-2006, 10:03 PM
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Re: To brake or not to brake???


On the first part of your question: To brake or not to brake. Ditto the rest of the guys. BRAKE!

On the second part of your question which I have not seen of the other responders address: What Kind? There are lots of good ones out there. Some are more efficient than others some look better etc, but they all work. For my money I really like the Holland QD. It is a very efficient brake with large side vents and no holes on the bottom to kick up dirt when shooting prone. It looks cool too! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Unread 06-13-2006, 08:41 PM
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Re: To brake or not to brake???

Where is everyone when I suggest a brake for those complaining about kicking?

After shooting my Kirby RUM 375 RUM (kicks like a 243 with the heavy 30" Lilja #8 and Holland QD) - I switched to my factory stock lightweight 270 WSM A-Bolt and got Magnum eye and a bad case of Fred flinch stone. I had two nice scope marks complete with blood on may face. As soon as I got home, I shipped the A-bolt back to Kirby for a Holland QD and trigger job. The excellent factory shooter actually shoots better now. I doubt the QD brake made it group better, probably more to do with Kirby's trigger job.

That's the down side of a muzzle brake, you get spoiled. Before Kirby sent me three tack drivers with Holland QD brakes, ignorance was bliss.

I second the Holland QD. Battle proven, looks great. I find it easy to clean.
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