Muzzle Brake on WIN .243?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Endurance, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. Endurance

    Endurance Active Member

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    Is it worth it to put a brake on the .243 to better see bullet trail and follow up shots. Noise and Recoil aren't an issue. The rifle is primarily for varmints in the longer range "ish". Or with enough practice can you manage the recoil and watch the shot with practice?

    My fear is if this thing is so loud off the bench while P-dog shooting my buddies will hate me.

    The Gun is a Rem 700 Heavy varmint, Bedded and floated in a B/C stock.

    ALL OPINIONS RESPECTED AND CONSIDERED.

    BTW I hand load and plan for the second rifle to be a light caliber either .204 ruger or a .17 to keep barrel temps and life in check.
     
  2. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion a brake is unnecessary on a .243. If you are shooting long "ish" you should be able to see impacts with some practice.

    Your concern about others sharing the bench is valid. I've never shot a braked .243, but all other braked rifles I have shot are loud and concussive to the sides.

    My 2C
     

  3. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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  4. Endurance

    Endurance Active Member

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    I did a lot of research, and have come to the same conclusion. A brake will add around 10DB.

    And though cool and interesting my funds will be better allotted to better range finder and spotting scope.

    NOISE
    Measurements indicate that on a rifle a muzzle brake adds 5 to 10 dB to the normal noise level perceived by the shooter, increasing total noise levels up to 160 dB(A) +/- 3 dB.[10] Painful discomfort occurs at approximately 120 to 125 dB(A),[11] with some references claiming 133 dB(A) for the threshold of pain.[12] Active ear muffs are available with electronic noise cancellation that can reduce direct path ear canal noise by approximately 17–33 dB, depending on the low, medium, or high frequency at which attenuation is measured.[13] Passive ear plugs vary in their measured attenuation, ranging from 20 dB to 30 dB, depending on whether they are properly used.[14] Using both ear muffs (whether passive or active) and ear plugs simultaneously results in maximum protection, but the efficacy of such combined protection relative to preventing permanent ear damage is inconclusive, with evidence indicating that a combined noise reduction ratio (NRR) of only 36 dB (C-weighted) is the maximum possible using ear muffs and ear plugs simultaneously, equating to only a 36 - 7 = 29 dB(A) protection against a 160 dB(A) noise level.[12] Relative to a noise level of 160 dB(A), this means that even using ear muffs and ear plugs simultaneously cannot protect a shooter against permanent ear damage when using a muzzle brake, through leaving a shooter exposed to noise levels of approximately 131 dB(A) that is 11 dB above the point where permanent ear damage occurs.
     
  5. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I'd brake it so fast it would make your head spin, get a muzzle cap cut for it if you need to shoot without it. My buddy and I shoot next to each other all the time with rifles fitted with Muscle brakes and shooting is pleasant and I spot all my shots.
    I just let everyone shoot my braked rifles and they put them on so now we all happy, happy, happy!!
     
  6. RTK

    RTK Well-Known Member

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    I say break it!! As mentioned, you can always have a cap made for it and take the break off.
    Besides, I like to see red mist in the morning and a break make it easier......................
     
  7. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    +1111111111111111111111111111111111111111 :) :) :)

    Here's a vid of .243 with muzzle brake from an LRH member ...

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxo71WUP3l0"]Surgeon Scalpel .243 w/Bardger FTE muzzle brake @ 1000 yards - YouTube[/ame]
     
  8. 318lll9740

    318lll9740 Well-Known Member

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    Im sure the recoil of the 243 doesnt bother you, but braking it will make the recoil null and void, and if you need to spot ur own shots sometimes there is nothing wrong with that. I plug my ears all the time now, so I have a brake on damn near every rifle bc recoil can greatly affect ur shot. Brake it!