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What makes one muzzle brake better than another?

 
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:16 PM
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What makes one muzzle brake better than another?

I understand the basics behind what makes these babies tick, but what makes one brake better than another?

For instance this,



vs. this,




Pros/cons of each?

Features to look for?
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:18 PM
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Re: What makes one muzzle brake better than another?

This is gonna sound smarta** but it all depends on which way it blows.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:48 PM
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Re: What makes one muzzle brake better than another?

The baffle brake has more surface area for gases to impact and push on and a good one should not have any downward vent. The 360 degree port brake kicks up dust underneath but is easier to manufacture. We tried several of each style and hands down prefer the baffle brakes in every regard.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:01 PM
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Re: What makes one muzzle brake better than another?

I have used many of the top brake you pictured ( JP Precision ) I will list what I like about this brake.

1: side discharge with large flat areas for gasses to push on and greatly reduce recoil.

2: top ports to keep muzzle rise to a minimum.

3: no bottom discharge to blow up a dust storm when shooting prone.

4: when installed correctly to the proper depth the crown of the muzzle is right at the level of the side ports and this allows for easy muzzle crown cleaning without removing the brake,

5: Only adds 1.4" to the length of the barrel

6: No felt blast or precussion to the shooter

7: Looks as good as it works.

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Old 01-26-2012, 10:21 PM
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Re: What makes one muzzle brake better than another?

One thing to keep in mind with any brake is determine which way the spent gasses expell. By that I mean that a side blow will impact any shooter next to you, even at a minimal distance.

Don't ask how I know.....

Like stated above, you don't want any ports facing down vertically. That aggrivates muzzle climb as well as a dust bomb.....

Normally, guides cringe when a customer uncases a braked firearm. They know what happens on ahunt........
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:25 PM
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Re: What makes one muzzle brake better than another?

Good info.

How difficult is it to clock a brake like the JP?
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:31 PM
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Re: What makes one muzzle brake better than another?

Someone else will haved to chime in on that. Not familiar with mounting.

The only one I ever installed was a J-Tac directional and it came with spacers. I had to thread the end of the barrel, not a big thing here, a matter of chucking in a lathe, some turning and threading.
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