to brake or not to brake a .308
I got into a discussion on another forum about using a muzzle brake on a .308. At the beginning of that discussion my mind set was just hold'em and squeeze'em and that a brake was not needed on such a light recoiling gun.
Toward the end of that discussion my eyes were opened a bit and I learned that controlling recoil is not the only reason one might consider putting a muzzle brake on a gun. The most common reason during this discussion was controlling muzzle jump and staying on target for follow up shots.
Now I am considering putting a muzzle brake on my thunder stick for just those reasons (even though its a pussycat as far as recoil is concerned.)
Since we all know there is no free lunch, how much more noise am I going to have to deal with and is the amount of added control and the amount of reduced muzzle jump worth the added noise and muzzle blast I get in return.
.308 Howa 1500, varmint supreme. 24" .820 barrel, Roedale precision brake.
.223 Howa 1500, varmint supreme, 24" .820 barrel.
RRA 20" predator pursuite, Magpul PRS, ALG trigger,