Muzzle breaks / are all equal

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by RustyRick, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. RustyRick

    RustyRick Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking of putting a muzzle brake on my 7mm Rem Mag. (I'm 66 and getting older GRR)

    Is a muzzle brake a muzzle break? Are all created equal?
     
  2. FearNoWind

    FearNoWind Well-Known Member

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    I would have to say no, they are not created equal. Some will reduce recoil more than others, some will kick up more debris from muzzle blast than others, etc..
    Now, the question would be, how do you select the proper muzzle break?
    I don't know. There are countless formulae to calculate the efficiency of a muzzle break (the military has several manuals on the subject - but they're for very big guns) and I'm not smart enough to use any of them.
    One aspect of making your selection that I can speak to is the placement of ports.
    Ports placed evenly around the barrel divide the gases essentially evenly, but that means they affect the shooters on both sides of you equally and kick up debris. Ports placed only on the sides and top of the barrel's muzzle will eliminate or at least dramatically reduce the creation of a dust/gravel storm when the rifle is fired. :D
    The claims that uneven muzzle break ports will affect accuracy are a myth. The bullet is long gone by the time gases find their way through the ports.
     

  3. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Good luck!

    Ed
     
  4. Wachsmann

    Wachsmann Well-Known Member

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    I think if you do a couple of searches you might find an old read on muzzle brakes, but no; muzzle brakes are not equal. The side port brakes seem to offer a better advantage over the radial brakes. In a nut shell its about surface area and expelling gasses. I use a side port on a 300 ultra mag and now it kicks like a 270 win. I shoot 210grn bergers with no problem. There are some good makes of side ported muzzle brakes by smiths on this site.... here are a few that come to mind.

    Painkiller Muzzle Brakes

    Elk Meadow Performance - Home <<<This is the one I have.

    Piercision Rifles

    https://www.americanprecisionarms.com/products-page/muzzlebrakes/


    The slab brakes may not be by some peoples view as being pretty or sleek looking on a gun but for preformace they seem to work the best hands down in my opnion. I'm extremely happy with mine and if I get another sholder pounder it getting another slab style brake. Hope this helps.gun)
     
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  5. Hunter2678

    Hunter2678 Well-Known Member

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    Dont forget the Muscle Brake either....I really like mine on my .284 win
     
  6. mustang58

    mustang58 Well-Known Member

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    Are you hunting or target shooting with the rifle? If you are hunting there are brakes that aren't as loud as others. I have one braked rifle and I purchased it that way. It was so loud that I couldn't hunt with it with out hearing protection. I replaced the original brake with a Vias brake and it is loud but substantially less that the other. Just a thought.
     
  7. Ring

    Ring Well-Known Member

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    most multi port like this will work about the same
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    i would NOT ever use a VIAS type, unless you like you and your gun covered in dirt...

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  8. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    All brakes are NOT created equal.
    Lot of good brakes out there.
    I like Holland's New Radial design Not a well done video, but it shows its effectiveness:
    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZEt3dECMdA&list=FLfEoqqK-q7iARmKwk742NZg&index=12"]Holland Generation 2 Radial Brake - YouTube[/ame]
     
  9. Coy Franks

    Coy Franks Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ernie!!!

    I've got one of JE Custom's Assassin brakes. Comes with a little data sheet showing calculated recoil before and after brake installation. It's also tuned to my particular load. 61.1% reduction in recoil.
     
  10. Coy Franks

    Coy Franks Well-Known Member

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    Sorry!! Double post.
     
  11. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    Hey right back to ya:D
    Pic? I have never used one of those
     
  12. Coy Franks

    Coy Franks Well-Known Member

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    Ernie,

    Here is a link to a u-tube video of the assassin brake.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2BM396_6AY]Recoil reduction of large overbore cartridges. - YouTube[/ame]

    This is probably better than a pic that I would take.
     
  13. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    I did watch those videos in the past-Just forgot the name:rolleyes:
     
  14. AZShooter

    AZShooter Well-Known Member

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    Mustang58:

    You said you had a muzzle brake that was so loud you couldn't hunt with the rifle. You switched to a VAIS brake. The way you worded your comment it comes across that a VAIS brake was quiet enough to shoot without hearing protection! I don't know of ANY muzzle brake that would allow you to shoot without hearing protection without causing hearing damage!