Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by projp, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Yes: I like it.

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  2. No: I am not a wimp.

    112 vote(s)
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  3. No: But I am seriously thinking of one.

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  1. projp

    projp Active Member

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    After a few to many shots yesterday and a few to many years of shooting I am seriously considering a brake.
    What say ye?
     
  2. brentc

    brentc Well-Known Member

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    Put a brake on it, wear ear protection, and enjoy shooting your rifle. Brakes are very effective at making a rifle more comfortable to shoot and it helps to spot hits at long range. If you can live with the extra noise, by all means brake it.
     

  3. woolecox

    woolecox Well-Known Member

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    I don't like brakes myself because they will cause permanent hearing loss unless you have good double ear protection, you will piss off everyone at the range, any PH, guide, and your hunting buddies.

    Use a Led-Sled with 100 lb. of lead at the range or wherever you target practice and work up loads. You won't really notice the recoil shooting a shot or two at game. This also allows one to develop a good shooting technique without flenching.

    Week before last I shot 3 rounds of skeet (target loads). Shoulder was sore and purple. Last week I shot 50 rounds of 243, shoulder was sore. Same story with 308. When I shoot the 7mm mag at the range, forget about it! I use the Led-Sled for that and up.

    Everybody is happy.
     
  4. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Forget the poll you've already answered your own question.

    Irrespective of anyone else's opinion it's your shoulder.

    I shoot from the prone a lot and thus I put a side discharge brake on everything.
     
  5. CoachJ295274

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    LIKE MY VIAS BRAKE ! PUT ONE ON THEY WORK GREAT! gun)
     
  6. new shooter

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    I do not like brakes. But yous them on my 7mmstw 300 ultra and 338ax. I like to see my shots through my scopes so us brakes.
     
  7. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    I respectfully disagree. This is bad juju, don't do it. 100 pounds of counterweight is way too much, you want to reduce the recoil to a manageable level not eliminate it. I shoot my .300WM and .338Wm during load development and on most instances, I can get by with 10-15 pound weights ... sometimes no weights. The bottom-line, something has to give ... the weakest point (i.e., stock, etc). lightbulb

    As far as developing good shooting technique, I find it difficult since I cannot get a good consistent check weld and LOP. After I am satisfied with my load, I switch to the bags.

    Just my thoughts for your consideration. Happy safe shooting/hunting.
     
  8. NW Hunter

    NW Hunter Well-Known Member

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    One year while hunting by myself, I missed the buck of a lifetime. I could not tell where my shot went because of the rifle kick. I put on a muzzle brake because of this and I'm happy I did!
     
  9. Stephens300

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    First thing I did was put a Muzzle Break on my 300. I don't have have to prove my machoness by bruising my shoulder. It is just far more enjoyable to shoot when it doesn't hurt. Muzzle Break + Limbsaver recoil pad = painless magnum. Even pushing 220s. So then the question is, hunting. How do you keep your ears intact, literally, with a muzzle break? Brockman B.E.S.T break. That is what I have and I got it precisely because I wanted the option. Works great. It does have holes on the bottom so it will kick dust. It does tend to foul a little bit but if you keep it clean and oiled, it is great. Brockman only sells it on custom rifles these days (got mine 10+ years ago) but I did find that the E. Arthur Brown company has licensed it and will install it on your rifle or barrel.

    Brockman Brake - The muzzle brake that opens and closes its ports to control noise

    Stephen
     
  10. CoachJ295274

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    STEPHEN! Iinstalled a VIAS BRAKE & luv it fits the gun well no nasty dust no nasty noise ! like shootn a 25-06 ! gun)lightbulb
     
  11. smalljawbasser

    smalljawbasser Well-Known Member

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    i firmly believe you should wear hearing protection, brake or not. your hearing will be damaged by a rifle shot even without a brake. if you don't like wearing the headphone style, a local audiologist near me makes custom fit earplugs with baffles that shut off at something like 25db, but remain open so you can hear below that. they're $150 bucks. i bet there's one near you as well. we all will spend more than that this year on junk we wind up not even using or liking.

    secondly, anything i can do to reduce recoil as easily and cheaply as having a brake installed, i will do.

    less recoil = more better.
     
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  12. GI44

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    Muzzle brakes are a must for big caliber rifles. Having less recoil will equal tighter groups. They make a 300WM feel like a 243. Although they are really loud ear plugs are cheap. But if you have one installed after market be careful on who you take it too because they can though off accuracy if installed incorrectly.
     
  13. rdsii64

    rdsii64 Well-Known Member

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    I believe in muzzle brakes. As far as hurting my ears, I wear double hearing protection no matter what I am shooting when I am at the range. I even wear hearing protection when I hunt. Electronic ear protection will allow me to hear in the field and still protect my ears when I squeeze the trigger. I may look a little weird but I like being able to hear. When I squeeze off a round, my gun doesn't move and I like it that way.
     
  14. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Lots to be said for watching the bullet impact the deer or elk in the scope.

    Custom rifle $5000
    Nightforce Scope $1800
    JP brake installed $200

    Whatching that Bull elk fold up in a pile through the scope... Priceless.

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    Jeff