Breaks???

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Iowaboy, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Iowaboy

    Iowaboy Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys,

    I have a new 7mm McGowen barrel that I'm putting on a savage action. Was thinking about haveing a break put on the gun so I can maybe spot my shots a little better.

    Would it be easier to have the break installed before or after I put the barrel on the gun?

    Thanks,
    Matt
     
  2. NesikaChad

    NesikaChad Well-Known Member

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    Always install a brake with the barrel removed from the receiver when ever possible.

    This allows the machinist guy to support the barrel between centers or to indicate the bore at each end of the barrel. (better IMO)

    The end result is to ensure the brake is installed parallel/concentric to the bore theoretical center line.

    Good luck.

    C
     

  3. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the type of brake you want installed.

    If the brake has radially space openings then timing of the brake is not needed and the barrel doesn't need to be installed prior to installing a brake.

    If you will be using a baffled type brake that needs to be indexed then you'll need to install the barrel. Make sure your headspace is set accurately. Mark the top of the barrel so that the brake can be properly indexed.

    As Chad said, the barrel should be removed for the actual installation of the brake.