Should I brake my 260 rem???????

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by ICANHITHIMMAN, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    I have a Mcmillan rifle at my smith right now getting re barrled to 260 rem. I have been thinking of putting a muzzle brake on it but dont know if I want to yet.

    What do you guys think I am going to use it for targets and LRH of whitetail deer?

    If I decided to sell it would it bost the re sale value?
     
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  2. BountyHunter

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    IMO really no need for a brake on a 260. Sounds like it is heavy barrel anyway. That is just me.

    BH
     

  3. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Its .875 at the muzzle so yes its a little heavy. Thanks for your input BountyHunter.
     
  4. Kevin Cram

    Kevin Cram <b>SPONSOR</b>

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    The recoil will be manageable without one, but it sure feels nice squeezing the trigger and the rifle barely moves. The 260's range on whitetail deer is limited to around 600-700 yards depending on the bullet and energy, but for target generally this round is good out to 1000 yards. A 140g bullet and H4831sc or similiar should get you up around 2700 fps or a little more. The re-sale value is in the eye of the beholder. If you decide to sell and the new owner doesn't like the brake it's very easy to cut the threads off and re-crown.
     
  5. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Kevin

    Thanks for the coment.
     
  6. JARHEAD1371

    JARHEAD1371 Well-Known Member

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    I had the same question for my current build, a 7 SAUM. I decided to have it braked because I will need to spot my own shots and reduce the recoil so my wife can shoot it too. The report of the shot will be louder, but if hearing protection is used there is no problem. Might as well have the lowest recoil possible. Just my 2 cents. gun)
     
  7. eric2381

    eric2381 Well-Known Member

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    I would NOT put a brake on the 260. I'm just guessing, but your rifle will probable weigh over 10 pounds. I don't think a brake is needed at all for the 260. Good luck with the rifle, I hope it's a shooter for you. Eric
     
  8. britz

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    IMHO go without for a while. Brakes are hella noisy and I don't think you can have them on a rifle if you intend to go F-class... just a thought. If you want less kick, try a limbsaver recoil pad. That's just me.
     
  9. Bull45cal.

    Bull45cal. Well-Known Member

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    Ok, Iā€™m not going to answer your question, just give you some facts. If you are currently shooting a Rem. 700 Sporter, it weights around 7.25lb, with scope and rings we need to add a pound (8.25lb). If your getting to a 26ā€ straight taper barrel with the .875ā€ muzzle, then you increase the weight 3.625lb, bringing it up to 10.875lb (10 7/8lb). Now for recoil lets use the recoil calculator Len Backus posted.

    8.25lb gun, 142gr. bullet, @ 2755 MV = Recoil Value of 16 (260 Rem)
    10.875lb gun, 142gr. bullet, @ 2755 MV = Recoil Value of 12 (260 Rem)
    8.25lb gun, 150gr. bullet, @ 2950 MV = Recoil Value of 20 (30-06 Springfield)
    7.50lb gun, 150gr. bullet, @ 2350 MV = Recoil Value of 13 (30-30 Win.)

    So your looking at recoil less than a.30-30, without the brake. Just is information to consider.