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Unread 07-01-2005, 12:36 PM
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I'm looking for input from those of you experienced with different kinds of muzzlebrakes. I have a Rem 700 BDL SS 300 RUM that I want to have a brake installed on. My experience with one on TC pistol was less than pleasant. I want one that is the most effective for recoil reduction and the least amount of added blast (noise) to the shooter. I have been looking at the Vias, JP Rifles brake (the new narrow one), OPS inc, and Holland. For those shooters that have experience with these brakes, please give me some advice. Thanks.
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Unread 07-01-2005, 01:47 PM
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Re: Muzzlebrakes

"I want one that is the most effective for recoil reduction and the least amount of added blast (noise) to the shooter."

Remember the old addage; you can't have your cake and eat it too. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I have a Vais brake on my 6.5x284. I find that a single shot afield without hearing protection hurts my ears. If it hurts your ears then it is causing damage. Most hearing damage is said to be permenant.

IMO you will need hearing protection when using ANY brake on the 300 RUM. If your using hearing protection, then you may just as well use an efficient brake that will inevitably be loud.

Just my 2 cents
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Unread 07-01-2005, 02:02 PM
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Re: Muzzlebrakes

I know some people that muzzle broke there 300 rum's and when I ask them if I should do the same to mine they say its a bad idea. I shoot 150 and 165 grain bullets so the recoil is not too bad. They tell me when they are hunting they always use ear protection before they shoot even if means watchin a 350 class bull disapearing into the trees.
I know people that have removed there muzzle breaks.
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Unread 07-01-2005, 02:05 PM
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Re: Muzzlebrakes


What Varmint Hunter said is true. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Do a search for either muzzlebrake or muzzle brake and you will get a lot of reading, information and opinions.

Just remember that for a break to actually work it has to direct gases against a surface that is perpendicular to the bore so that the effecet of the gasses hitting the perpendicular surface overcomes the tendency of the gun to move reward under recoil. The more of the gasses you can direct against a surface that is perpendicular to the bore the more the brake will negate the effects of the gun recoiling to the rear when fired.

When these gasses are redirected from the normal forward direction and used for braking the more of the "muzzle blast" you will hear because it no longer goes forward but out to the side and to the rear. The more of the total gasses you direct outward and reward, the louder the gun will sound to you when fired, but the more effective it will be at reducing felt recoil.

I'd say that if a brake is "quieter" than another unit that the quieter brake wasn't as effective. If you don't hear an increase if noise then the gasses are still going forward and aren't being used to lessen the recoil. This is only my opinion because I have never tried two different brakes on the same gun.

I have a Holland QD brake on a Weatherby 7mm mag and it now seems to me like it's about like shooting a 243 win. It now just gives a little nudge rearward and stays right down on the bipod or bags. I can now spot my own hits from 100 yards on out. I wear hearing protection whenever I shoot, in fact when I'm hunting I have a pair of plugs around my neck to use.

The Holland is very effective, and because of the holes on top, it reduces muzzle lift when firing. Another thing about the Holland design is that it's very effective at recoil reduction but, since there are no holes on the bottom of the brake, there is never any dust blown up when you shoot prone, like there is on models that have holes all the way around and on the bottom.

I am having a custom gun built and another one rebuilt/re-barreled and both will have Holland QD brakes on them.


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Unread 07-01-2005, 02:15 PM
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Re: Muzzlebrakes

SS7mm stated it very well. I also use a holland brake on a 7RUM and it works wonders on felt recoil! I now have less recoil than any rifle I have ever owned or own now except for a 22.250. I also am having a custom built and it will be receiving a holland brake as well.
As far a increased noise I have never shot it without hearing protection so I can't say for sure but I would imagine there is.
Do like dick said and always carry hearing protection with you hunting as I plan on doing this year.
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Unread 07-01-2005, 03:23 PM
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Re: Muzzlebrakes

I'll back up the Holland, but add that I prefer the OPS Inc for the most recoil reduction and the Badger brake is great as well.
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Unread 07-01-2005, 04:40 PM
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Re: Muzzlebrakes

isn't the holland brake the one that you can turn a baffold and cover the holes up so it's not as loud? when doing this,does it still reduce the recoil.is it not as bad on the ears? does anyone know about that new brake from JP? it seems to be along the lines of the OPS.baffle/chamber type.
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