Muscle break, VIAS break, OR ?

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by bamadawg2009, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. bamadawg2009

    bamadawg2009 Well-Known Member

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    Ok guys Im in the middle of a 300WSM build and Im wanting to put a muzzle break on it but just not sure what kind of break I want. Im torn between a muscle break or a vias I llike the look of both but kind of leaning toward the Muscle break. Any body got Pros and Cons for either or even advice on another brand of break maybe.
     
  2. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    I went with Jim's Muscle brake on my 300WSM build. Never considered a Vias, cause I wanted a timed brake. Ross Schuler makes a very affordable brake, but I don't know if its in the same league as Jim's Muscle brake. Hered good stuff tho.
    Kirby makes the Painkiller brake, & Shawn has one thru Defensive Edge. I've hered good things about both of them as well. Nate Dagley (308nate) markets one thru SSG.

    It'll be a while before I'll be able to report on the effectiveness of the Muscle brake, cause my build is still in progress, but bigngreen highly recomended it specifically for the WSM's & I trust him. He guinnea pigged it, so all I had to do was ask:D
     

  3. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    regardless of whose brake you pick, I would stay with the side discharge type, they are more effective, in recoil reduction, than the vias/radial type of brakes.

    Currently the Muscle brakes are dealer ordered with about 10-12 highly regarded gunsmiths around the country, they all chose to try the brake before committing to volume orders. I think what separates the Muscle brake is the friendliness to the shooter.

    I make 9 different sizes and profiles to match the cartridge used and the application.
    soon I will have my 10th style Muscle brake available in about 3 weeks. This brake is designed to work with large cartridges in factory contour barrels. This was a gap i was missing due to the reduced thread size needed for the factory contours.

    basically it is a 9/16x24 tpi similar to the mini muscle in size and width, but with wider/larger ports to effectively disperse enough gas in the magnum factory barrels.
     
  4. bamadawg2009

    bamadawg2009 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Jim would a mini reduce recoil enough for a 10 to 12 yr old to comfrotably shoot or would I need one of your in the works breaks or an original size? How much will one of the new in between breaks cost when its finally done?
     
  5. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    If it is a light barrel gun I would go with the new one when it is available. If your going with a larger profile barrel than the original 3 port would offer more recoil reduction.

    I had put the mini on a few 300 wsms and I considered it the limit of effectiveness for that brake as the largest bore and powder capacity. so the new one should fit a 300wsm perfect.
     
  6. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    Well crap Jim. Ted just ordered mine last week:D I didn't know you offered a more effective one in a simmilar profile.
    Guess I should've waited. My fault for not keeping up with the progress of your brakes. I told him (Ted) specifically what I wanted (mini) cause it was kinda tailored to the WSM's.
    Guess ill have to order a new style & compare em side by side someday when I can afford to do my next build.:D
    I'm sure ill be plenty happy with what I got tho, cause till I read this thread, I had no idea you had another one on the table, & I was already convinced the mini was The brake for my build.
     
  7. bamadawg2009

    bamadawg2009 Well-Known Member

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    Jim I got your PM check will be in the mail Monday "new 3 port muscle break"I dont know if I can stand the wait to have this thing all in 1 piece. Damnn building custom rifles the wait kills me.
     
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    I have some injuries, called Mcmillian explained my issues and they made me a brake, took a while, but well worth the wait....
     
  10. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I read a lot about the popularity of the Vias brake. Not to bash them but I don't get it?? I have shot a certain 300 win with a Vias brake quite a bit. I have to say it does a decent job on recoil but that is where it ends. This Vias is the rudest brake I have ever pulled the trigger behind. When prone it blows dirt everywhere and this is the only brake I have ever used that I feel the precussion on my body while shooting the rifle. I would seriously advise anyone against a Vias. Go with the side discharge.

    Jeff
     
  11. bigngreen

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    I've had the same experience with the Vias and will never own one, it would have been better to have the recoil than the rude, heart stopping slap to the chest and face, took me years to even try another rifle with a brake!!
     
  12. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    I've had a several radial breaks including two vias one on a 300 RUM. I just had a 3 port Muscle brake installed on my 6x284. Its the best one I've ever used.
     
  13. bamadawg2009

    bamadawg2009 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys I sent Jim the check for his new 3 port muscle break Tuesday so hopefully it will be here next week. Im ready to get this project done!!!! Now if I can find some 185gr Berger VLDs in stock somewhere.
     
  14. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    it's was shipped Friday!