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Muzzle brake caps?

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Unread 08-19-2007, 05:19 PM
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Muzzle brake caps?

Got a question guys. I've got a new barrel on the way and was considering installing a muzzle brake. I've never owned a gun with a muzzle brake but I have shot a few that friends have owned. I like the recoil reduction and being able to see the shot placement but I really dislike the muzzle blast and having to wear hearing protection while hunting. I was wondering about having the muzzle brake for practice sessions and replacing it with a theaded cap while hunting. I want to know if the loads I work up with the muzzle brake will be accurate if I replace it with the cap or vice versa. I know the weight difference could change barrel harmonics. Has anyone tried this?
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Unread 08-20-2007, 08:28 AM
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I have 3 rifles with muzzle brakes installed on their barrels. At the bench for extended shooting the brakes really help to reduce shooter fatigue and help me concentrate on just the aspects of shooting.

I have tested these and other rifles with the brake on the barrel and with only the thread cap protector installed and found no discernible difference in point of impact or in group size.

I do not hunt with the muzzle brake installed!
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Unread 08-20-2007, 03:02 PM
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My 6x284 has a removeable brake and I have found no difference except for recoil. I was worried but after many rounds with and without the brake there has been no noticeable POI shift.
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Unread 08-20-2007, 04:29 PM
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Muzzle brake cap

I have 3 rifles w/ brakes and none of them have a point of impact shift using the cap vs. brake. I hunt with them most of the time w/brake as I like to see the bullet impact.! (keeps the muzzle flat) You only shoot without ear protection once in a lifetime using a brake! (maybe there is somebody that does shoot wothout but I'm sure he is deaf!)
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Unread 08-21-2007, 08:51 PM
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Thanks for the info guys. This is what I was wanting to hear. Now to decide on which muzzle brake and who will finish putting it all together. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
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Unread 08-22-2007, 09:59 AM
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My experience has been different. I have 2 rifles with removable muzzlebrakes. When I take the brakes off the group size increases by 100% on both rifles. Same poi but bigger groups.
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