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Unread 01-28-2014, 12:18 PM
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Muzzle Brake Removal Question

Hey Fellas,

When I try to remove my muzzle brake to clean it and my barrel it is a huge pain in the rear. I built a strap type wrench but it wont grip tight enough most of the time to remove. I usually end up wrapping it with a piece of material and using channel locks which has left some marks on it.

Is there a better way to do this, also is anyone familliar with this type of brake as far as who may have manufactured it? Sorry for the low res photo.
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    Unread 01-28-2014, 12:22 PM
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    Re: Muzzle Brake Removal Question

    Use the back end of a tight fitting drill bit and drop it in one of the holes.
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    Re: Muzzle Brake Removal Question

    Find a steel round rod that is just under the size of the ports and insert it through both sides. A ground off screwdriver might work if it had a good fit. You want something close to the same size as the holes.

    After cleaning use a heavy grease (wheel bearing) or anti seize on the threads to reinstall. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN!!!! Just snug it up. Over tightening on that small of a barrel contour can easily compress the end of the barrel causing a tight spot. I only would take it on and off if absolutely necessary.

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    Unread 01-28-2014, 12:51 PM
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    Re: Muzzle Brake Removal Question

    The photos dont show it but the holes are angle drilled and you cant pass an object straight through. Possibly though I could come in from each side and get enough torque to get it to break free. Good idea on the never sieze. Thanks.
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    Unread 01-28-2014, 12:52 PM
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    Re: Muzzle Brake Removal Question

    I use a brass rod the same size of ports,works great.
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    Unread 01-29-2014, 02:16 AM
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    Re: Muzzle Brake Removal Question

    There is not really a need to take it off. Most rifles they are not intended to come off.
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    Re: Muzzle Brake Removal Question

    Sometimes you need to take some brakes off to clean them (The side ported brakes can be cleaned in place) and also occasionally you may get a cleaning patch stuck in one and need to take the brake off.

    I recommend using Never seize on the threads to keep them from wearing screwing them on and off
    (Some do this every time they clean) and in the event you have to take the brake you can do so with
    reasonable ease.

    I also recommend removing them occasionally Just to clean the threads and lube them to prevent them from seizing, (bore solvents tend to remove any lubricants) .

    I use aluminum flat bar in the ports to remove the ported brakes and drills or taper pins on the drilled brakes. A light tap on the tool with a mallet will normally remove it with ease.

    If you don't ever remove it, at some point it may not come off and a Gun Smith will have to machine
    it off and may have to re-thread the barrel.

    Just My opinion, From having to remove brakes that have never been removed since installation.

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