Originally Posted by trebark
Definitely, do not waste your money doing any upgrades to the factory stock. If you just take it off the gun you can probably get about $40 for it in the classified section.
You're better off going the way that bowhunthard did and replace the stock with a B&C, HS etc.
Why cut the brake off? The barrel is already pretty short and the rifle has a reputation for being a tack-driver anyway.
I don't know if the 3 vented apparition on the end of the VTR really is a recoil reducing muzzle break because the gases appear to be vented straight up.
It looks to me that if I tried to free float the barrel by removing the contact points that the muzzle brake, or more properly the flip compensator, would cause the barrel to bottom out forcefully in the barrel channel of the stock. So if I wanted to go with a fully free floated barrel I would necessarily have to remove the compensator.
I don't know why you'd need a muzzle brake with a .308 Win. hunting rifle...........it's not a .416 Rigby for goodness sake.
My wife shoots a Remington Model 7 with a 18.5" barrel that weighs 5.5 lbs. with full power reloads.
I thought I'd turn the gun into a quieter, fast pointing, relatively accurate deer rifle. The rifle is ballistically a 20" barrel firearm anyway because the last 2" containing the flip compensator is vented.
I actually like the feel of the factory stock with the wide rubber grip fore-end. The factory stock shoulders naturally for me and I want to keep it.