Working on swapping barrels on my 700 from a 243 to a 260. The gun will be used for both bench (fun at the range) and deer/pig hunting (so I will be huffing it around). Ordering up a 24" #5 contour (.700 @ the muzzle) SS fluted barrel. My smith recomended that I throw a brake on it, not for kick issues, but he said with that cartridge I will be able to watch the vapor trail and the bullet impact. The downside is they are louder. I was wondering what your guys opinions were on this? I have heard that the VAIS brakes arent as hard on the shooters ears as some others...
So should I go with a brake or not?
If I do go with a brake should I get a VAIS, Centershot Rifles Muscle Brake or a Kirby Allen Pain Killer?
I have one on my 260rem just beacuse I want zero recoil. If your not sure then get the brake with a threed protector so you can take it off if you dont like it.
it will depend on your style of shooting mostly, just make sure you can take it off. i have breaks on a lot of rifles not because of sevear recoil but because i want to see the hits through the scope and if it takes several seconds of target acquisition it's all lost
Brakes are a personal taste thing. You either like them, or you don't. The positives speak for themselves -- less recoil and spotting your own shots. However, personally I never really enjoyed shooting braked rifles and can't imagine hunting with one. Best thing is to shoot someone else's if you have never used one, then decide.