What do you put over your muzzle brake?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by jmden, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    What do you put over your muzzle brake to keep debris out of it?

    If I didn't cover mine, I'd have half a trees worth of needles down the barrel--pretty sure that wouldn't mix too well with a 300SMK trying to get up to nearly 3k fps MV.

    I've tried the latex finger cots, but they seem very fragile. I can wrap the brake with electrical tape, but what a pain and what happens when you fire with a brake wrapped like that? I've killed critters shooting through electrical tape before, but not with a brake in the picture.

    I like the finger cot idea, just needs to be able to take more abuse. Water balloons don't seem too tough either.

    Other ideas?

    Jon
     
  2. Mayhem338

    Mayhem338 Well-Known Member

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    Something that has always worked for me is take a small piece of burlap and wrap it one time and a piece of duct tape on the bottom to secure it. Pretty robust and wont give you a dust sig when shooting off the ground either.
     

  3. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    3M electrical tape. The expensive stuff. Two pieces criss-crossed. One for the side ports. One for the upward facing ports on the Holland-style brake.

    Lastly, one additional wrap of tape around the four loose ends from the initial two strips of tape.

    Don't worry about the tape and any effects on gas containment. You'll need some new tape when you touch one off. When I have plenty of time on a long range shot, I remove the electrical tape prior to firing at the game animal(s).

    But I'm always open to the use of a better mouse trap.
     
  4. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with phorwath, a single thickness of electrical tape will work, a bit of a pain to put on, but it stays put and takes the punishment pushing through bushes etc.

    Stu.
     
  5. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    I have never shot with anything on my barrel but last year when elk hunting my dad and I used a sandwich bag secured with electrical tape.
     
  6. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    With this PK brake the side ports will not be covered up with one strip of typical width electrical tape. Right now, I've tried one piece for the muzzle and then had to spiral wrap the brake to cover the PK ports. I'll figure something out here...

    I have some 2" width e-tape I picked up awhile back for wrapping barrels while skim bedding, maybe I'll just cut strips of that down to 1" or look for some 1" e-tape.
     
  7. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you've got yourself a mega-sized brake! It is important to seal these things before dragging them into the bush and brush.
     
  8. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    How about something like this ...

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    Just google for "scope and muzzle cover" and you'll get quite a few ping.

    Good luck!

    Ed
     
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  9. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    This is the only braked rifle I have, so not too familiar with 'em. One of Kirby's 'slim', medium, PainKiller brakes:

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    Pic of it before 'slimming':

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  10. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    +1 I have this system

    There is also the condom/ruberband option.
     
  11. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input on that particular system, guys, but that is something I just wouldn't use for how I hunt. Too bulky and too slow and I'd have the other half of the trees needles stuck in the nooks and crannies of that scope/action/muzzle cover--and the muzzle is still not completely sealed.

    The finger cot is basically a small condom and works well, but doesn't take too much abuse before your muzzle is again exposed to moisture, dust, debris...

    finger cot:

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    May just have to get more creative with the e-tape unless there's some other ideas out there...?
     
  12. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    Ever watch the Red-Green show on PBS? That guy can solve any problem with a roll of Duct Tape. :D
     
  13. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    Duct tape...maybe that's the answer! Good 'ol Red-Green...:D:D Duct tape did cross my mind, but for the sticky mess it would leave behind...
     
  14. Varmint

    Varmint Well-Known Member

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    Why don't you double up your finger cots