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Unread 08-18-2004, 07:32 AM
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Re: Muzzle Brake In 300 Winchester Magnum

I own a .458WM which I shoot Buffalo with on the odd occasion and felt recoil was so bad for me (6'3", 220) so I removed the front sight and made a brake for it, a very simple design (top looks like a sharks gill)and it worked excellent!

I would highly recommend installing a brake to reduce your felt recoil.
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Unread 08-18-2004, 08:16 AM
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Re: Muzzle Brake In 300 Winchester Magnum

If the gun makes you flinch or is uncomfortable it will affect your ability to concentrate on the shot. Do what you need to do to make yourself comfortable with the gun. Only you can decide what that is. do not let anyone else tell you what you "should" be comfortable with. What someone else can or cannot handle does not matter. [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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Unread 08-18-2004, 08:38 AM
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Re: Muzzle Brake In 300 Winchester Magnum

There is no way I would use T3 Lite in anything above 308. The 300 winmag I have been thinking about is Howa/Weatherby Vanguard. I went to the range yesterday and my neighbour was shooting 30-06 with a brake (???). Even with the ear muffs the experience was rather unpleasant and I have decided to forget the idea of a brake until I get 338 Lapua [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]. Accordingly, I will keenly look for opportunity to have at least one shot from a 300 winmag without the brake before buying one. Once, I could’ve just get one from my local gun shop and return it next day for a full refund (second hand) if I didn’t like it. With current firearms laws and regulations this is not feasible. First one needs an “application for a permit to acquire”, which can be collected from the local police station subject to the firearms licence, police records check and the payment of prescribed fee. Then, the application must be completed stating all personal details, reasons why the firearm is required, as well as general details of the firearm, specifying action type, calibre and magazine capacity as the absolute minimum. The completed application must be then forwarded to the firearms registry office and subject to satisfactory check of firearms licence and police record (again) lucky shooter may be granted so called “permit to acquire”, which is valid for up to three months and must be presented to the licensed dealer (no direct private transactions are allowed) to complete the transaction. The waiting period for the above permit can be anything between 6 and 100 or so days. Immediately following the transactions dealer must notify the firearms registry office with details required to update government database. Thanks for all input.

[ 08-18-2004: Message edited by: T3Shooter ]
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Unread 08-18-2004, 01:18 PM
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Re: Muzzle Brake In 300 Winchester Magnum

T3Shooter, Alot of pro and cons on the muzzle break and for me at 60 plus a break was a way to again enjoy shooting a mag. I've had the Vais and KDF installed and both work as they should reduced recoil and if standing back like at our range that is covered they can be loud. I've used them steady for the last 4 yrs hunting elk and deer and haven't had a problem also have acouple on some varmit rifles. I'm seeing more and more breaks at out range. I've had guys shot next to me at the range with breaks and haven't had a problem must be the electronic muffs. Well good luck.
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Unread 08-18-2004, 02:34 PM
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Re: Muzzle Brake In 300 Winchester Magnum

I don't know if its adrenaline or what, but everytime I go hunting and fire my weapon, it doesn't make a sound.

Get a brake and wear ear muffs when your at the range. If anything you can unscrew the brake and put on a thread protector.

Spent thousands on long range gear only to take a mule deer at 128 yards.....
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Unread 08-23-2004, 07:01 AM
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Re: Muzzle Brake In 300 Winchester Magnum

no muzzle brake u dont need it . im 6 ft tall and im 195 lb and i have a 300 win mag in a ruger and it feels great but if that is to much for u i have a sendero too and it has a bull burrel and it kicks less than a 30-30 , but it is alittle heavier but they are both nice rifles i can say anything bad about them for thje price..
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Unread 08-23-2004, 02:02 PM
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Re: Muzzle Brake In 300 Winchester Magnum

T3, you may eventually install a muzzle break, but most shooters don't need one.

Important to consider the design of the stock, and the type of butt plate or recoil pad, for us sissies.

Bullet weight is going to up the ante, as well as max loads.

As I recall, the Vanguard's are rather light weight, featuring a long and whippy pencil barrel. It doesn't make (a whole lot of) sense to begin with a light carry gun and fill the stock with lead shot, for the purpose of managing recoil.

You say that: you doubt that you will change your mind on caliber, but it wouldn't hurt to look into a 280 or 7Mag, if the mission is targets and occasional hunting.

Your friend that shoots that Rossi without discomfort. I assume he is standing? Makes a huge difference in that type of gun.

I happen to own a Howa. I think they represent good value. However, maybe what you really need is a Model 70 or Model 700, with a little more heft? Gets my vote.

Good luck with your choice, LB

edited for spelling, please excuse.

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