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Old 05-30-2004, 06:17 PM
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Hi I would like to know how much muzzel brakes reduse recoil. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 05-30-2004, 11:09 PM
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Re: muzzel brakes

Muzzle brakes can reduce recoil considerably, depending on the caliber of the rifle, bullet weight, type or design of the brake, and quality of the installation. Usually the best results are achieved on the "bigger guns." Some brakes also cut down on muzzle flip and barrel torque. Keep in mind they are loud, especially to people off to the sides. Proper hearing protection is a must!
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Old 05-31-2004, 03:36 AM
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Re: muzzel brakes

Muzzle breaks reduce recoil by diverting propellant gasses against surfaces in the muzzlebreak itsself which creats the effect of dragging the rifle forward, ie in the opposite direction of the recoil. This negates to a certain extent the effects of felt recoil. Yep they vary in effectiveness depending on the design, same goes for the percieved "loudness". best of both worlds is a moderator, you get the recoil reducing effects of a muzzle break adn the thing is quiet.
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Old 05-31-2004, 07:05 AM
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Re: muzzel brakes

I have found that a good brake can make an uncomfortable rifle a pleasure to shoot, especially from the bench. In the field dont forget at least one ear plug for your forward ear or it will remind you! Before I get a brake I try to decide how the rifle is going to be used (target / hunting etc) Is the rifle fitted good pad proper length,and can I handle it without a brake. Only you will know if you need one. If you can try one first that would be ideal.
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Old 06-03-2004, 08:55 PM
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Re: muzzel brakes

go with the break!i have been putting breaks on all my guns. go with a true break and not just porting. not only do i shoot the guns better i have noticed i can follow my shots better.i put a break on a 25-06"i know it does not kick"and i am still very happy with it. the only bad thing i can say about them is they might toss off your balance and they do add lenth and weight
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Old 06-04-2004, 11:00 PM
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Re: muzzel brakes

MMM, let's answer your question directly. The common brake like KDF, etc reduce recoil up to 45%. Most are in the 1/3 range.

The baffle brakes, ie fishgill style, can go up to around 65%. The larger the brake diameter, and, to a point, the number of gills/ports, the more effective the brake.

I put a large port on my 300RUM. Just a 3/4" hole in the barrel. This reduced the amount my rifle moves back by 2/3. Went from moving 3" to 1". It's a real pussycat to shoot now.

The larger 50BMG style that vent backwards and have large "sails" are supposed to go up to 75%.

So much depends on the barrel length, cartridge and muzzle gas pressure. The higher the pressure and larger the gas volume, the more effective any brake design will be.

The "quieter" the brake, the less effective it is because more gas is allowed to vent forward. The BMG styles like you see on the AR50 and Barretts are very effective, BUT the noise and concussion is high.

I use muzzle brakes on all my cannons and wouldn't shoot without one. I also use the best ear plug under my 31 dB ear muffs.

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Old 06-07-2004, 10:21 AM
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Re: muzzel brakes

thanks for the input on my mussel brake ques
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