Muzzle Breaks, Whats Your Take

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by callingthewild, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. callingthewild

    callingthewild Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    I'm trying to learn about Muzzle Breaks
    So what I understand of them, that they are to reduce kickback muzzle jump.

    Is that correct?.

    Also read that if one has a shorter barrel 22" that a Muzzle Break is highly recommended.

    So please give me your feed back on this, and if a Muzzle Break is a good thing, than which one.

    Opening a Can of worms is always going to smell, lol, Sorry.

    Calling The Wild gun)
  2. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2011

  3. woods

    woods Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2006
    My opinion, might smell to some

    Muzzle brakes - they SUCK

    Too loud and will harm your hearing (and anyone else's close) unless you are wearing hearing protection which I don't like to wear in the field

    Blast back will throw dirt and dust back in your face when shooting prone or paper off your bench

    Blast will take the paint off your hood or bench (not that I have ever done that but have heard of it)

    They collect crap and are hard to clean


    My solutions have been to get 26" barrels in all calibers that recoil is not a problems up to 300 win mag. Those I can shoot in the field and not even get any ringing in my ears, don't even remember hearing the shot. Now 24" is OK but at 22" the muzzle blast starts and that is as bad as a muzzle brake. A 20" barrel can be deafening. A 20" or 22" barrel with a muzzle brake will clear several benches on either side of you at the range.

    In calibers where I find recoil to be less tolerable I have used other solutions. In my 338RUM I had an integral port put on a 26" #5 contour barrel


    and installed recoil reducers in the butt stock (pic shows one being acraglassed in)


    2 of the mechanical ones, not the mercury ones. The rifle is heavy now at 12# but kicks like a 30-06 and is not loud

    On my 375 Ruger I went with a 24" #5 contour and a recoil reducing stock


    It is also heavy but recoils like a 300 win mag. For a 270 gr bullet at 2850 fps that is not bad

    Others will have different opinions and that is OK, it takes all kinds to fill the freeway
  4. wklman

    wklman Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    I use one on my weatherby ultra-lightweight in 270 weatherby. The gun is super light so I added the brake to keep muzzle jump to a minimum. I love it. Recoil is managed and I still have a light rifle I can carry 10 miles into the back country to hunt coues deer with.
  5. Varberger757

    Varberger757 Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    It' all about personal taste and preference! IMO, muzzle brakes make good sense if someone tries to practice often in bigger calibres without getting sour in his shoulder. Comfort gives confidence. :) Bigger means from about 7mm RM - ... For calibres like the RUMs, LM, Edge whatever muzzle brakes are a must.
  6. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    It's the 20th century. We have antibiotics for bacterial infections, seat belts, air bags and now muzzle brakes for recoil reduction. I embrace both. Nothing cool about getting beat up by a rifle to the point you can't use it anymore. Thanks to a muzzle brake I can use a 300 Weatherby to shoot squirrels and let kids shoot my 338 Lapua. I have brakes on everything now. I think they look cool.

    I stay away from brakes with ports aiming down to eliminate any dust kickup.

    Benefits of a real brake.
    Reduced recoil. Allows guys that are recoil sensitive to use more effective calibers. Like a 338WM instead of a .243 for moose.
    Spot my own shots.
    Quicker recovery if multiple targets.
    I can shoot as much as I want rather than as much as I can stand.
    Added mass at the muzzle helps accuracy
    Less muzzle blast to blow over my chronograph.
    Less sound down range confuses animals as to my location. I get more squirrels.
    Gets me privacy at a crowded range.
    Important crown protection should I ever drop my rifle muzzle down.
    Must wear hearing protection. All shooting causes hearing damage. Being forced to insert an earplug preserves what I have left.
    Side ported only brakes kick up less dust than a rifle with no brake at all.

    Must wear hearing protection. I guess. Without a brake I thought I was safe from the occasional shot but now at 49 I can't hardly hear in a crowded room and have to rewind movies a bit to hear what was said.

    Adds a little length and weight to the barrel.
  7. jkupper

    jkupper Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    + 1. These are my exact thoughts on the topic.
  8. ZSteinle

    ZSteinle Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2008
    I love um. Have one on my 15 lb 6.5x47 lapua. Wouldn't have it any other way. I wear hearing protection no matter what so I don't really notice any more noise
  9. Gatorgrizz27

    Gatorgrizz27 Active Member

    Feb 9, 2013
    The real advantage to muzzle brakes is they reduce the likelihood of you developing a flinch from your rifle. When sighting a rifle in or practicing, you are wearing hearing protection anyway, so you might as well take advantage of less recoil and better form and trigger pull. When you go to shoot a deer or elk, take the brake off. You won't notice the extra recoil due to the adrenaline in your system, you won't flinch because you haven't been conditioned to, and you won't lose any more hearing since the muzzle brake isn't installed. I would not choose a ported barrel though for the above reason.
  10. Erik Kiser

    Erik Kiser Well-Known Member

    Nov 8, 2005
    Your "integral port" is a muzzle brake.
  11. Jim in Cali

    Jim in Cali Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    Do they work? Yes
    Are they obnoxious? YES!!!
    Are they cool?:rolleyes:
    Are they worth the $$? Depends?
    Shoot someones rifle before you have one installed.
  12. TH

    TH Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2003
    Forget about the muzzle break buy a suppressor. They do everything a muzzle break does. Which is reduce muzzle jump and recoil. They also eliminate muzzle blast and noise.
  13. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    They do everything except hunt big game in MT, gotta get that changed :D
  14. reeldawg

    reeldawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    I have one on 300 Win Mag. It is very loud! My 13 year old daughter can shoot it without issue. Mine is also removable.