338 XC, Snipetac, or EnABELR

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That's funny !
Years ago I bought a 10 guage at my.local gun shop . It kept looking at me everytime I went in there to get something . Finnaly i caved in and bought it . Well i got together with the boys to shoot some clay pigeons..i let them all shoot first and when they missed i pulled the trigger ! Haha i swear my shoulder hurt 10 times more that there's but i got the Clay !
It funny the things we do in Life !
He must build one Sweet rifle is all i can say ! Lol

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Thats something that I would do LoL 🤣
 
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Buy the 2 die set, they come with everything for 33 & 37XC. If you plan on a 41XC as well they will accommodate for $25 more.

Good means different things, I think of good (brakes) as most recoil mitigation priority #1. Others might think less recoil and less blast/blowback to shooter. The Salmon River brake on the 33XC works really well at reducing recoil, and the 2 Beast brakes on the .375 Snipetac barrels do a great job too. Shooting without them is downright unpleasant, I have a suppressor too but it only slightly helps. They all (brakes) tame recoil but the blast felt by the shooter is definitely there, just not enough to disturb my follow through and or spotting my own impacts.
I would say the .375 “kicks” harder. A 12.5/14 lb 33XC with 300 grain bullets over 3k fps vs a 17/24 lb .375 Snipetac with 375+ grain bullets over 3K.
I was reading Tubbs information on the 33 and 37, why is he using such fast twist barrels? For the majority of bullets in the 338, a 1-9 will cover them. Am I missing something?

With the brakes, do the ones with top ports help with better with barrel rise or that just a gimmick?
 
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I don’t think top ports are really necessary, I’ve had one on a .338 Edge and the brake worked well. Haven’t had one on the last several and really don’t feel the need. I think your position behind the rifle matters more.
As for fast twist I think it’s better to be on the fast side, especially with monos and if transitioning through trans & into subsonic.
 
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If I remember correctly there was a thread on brakes on here, but can't remember what it was called.
I would hate to go with too much twist and cause bullet separation. This thread has been helpful and defiantly got some different ideas from it.
Just all the decisions of barrel, action, and stock at this point.
 
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There was thread long ago with slow motion photo of how top ports are not a good idea based on the stock flex during shot.You could actually see it flexing down.
 
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Examples of brakes with the proper shape?
I really like the muzzle brakes and more brakes .he has comparison videos on his brakes . I've found Nathan easy to email with . he can explain a lot of this to you, way better than I can . I can give you a quick idea though . I have 2 of his brakes . one is his early style brake with top holes . I have it on my 300 wby . the rifle is easy to shoot . I do feel a little of the blast though . I have a 4 port beast , no top holes , on my 338 Lapua . I bought this 4 port before he had the 5 port ones available . the brake works well . I can spot probably 75% of my shots . I might buy a 5 port beast to see if it helps me be able to spot more of my shots . you can see the difference in the port shape between these two brakes . the one with the top holes has a straight, up and down , side port . the one without top holes has angled side ports . the radial brake is a factory wby brake .they blow way to much dirt for prone shooting . this is the best pic I have showing the side ports .

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I’ve been looking at actions and came up with a question. Will the ones based on a Rem 700, have lug setback like a 700 could? Is it better to get one of the actions with a larger diameter?
 
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There is the possibility of lug setback, the harder you run it the more of a possibility. There will be less chance with the beefier action/lugs.
 
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if the brakes side ports are the proper shape, there is no need for top holes .
Does it ever actually cause negative impacts on your stock?
I’ve shot thousands of rounds of all kinds of chambers and I always shoot brakes and im not sure I own one without top holes.
So it may indeed flex things but I would be willing to bet it never hurts a thing.
 
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Does it ever actually cause negative impacts on your stock?
I’ve shot thousands of rounds of all kinds of chambers and I always shoot brakes and im not sure I own one without top holes.
So it may indeed flex things but I would be willing to bet it never hurts a thing.
I've seen no bad side effects from the top holes . my brake with top holes I do feel the concussion . I'm assuming from port shape .

doing damage wasn't the reason of my post . my reason was to point out not to limit his choices to brakes with top holes . if the side ports are properly shaped , top holes are not needed .
 
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Does it ever actually cause negative impacts on your stock?
I’ve shot thousands of rounds of all kinds of chambers and I always shoot brakes and im not sure I own one without top holes.
So it may indeed flex things but I would be willing to bet it never hurts a thing.
I've watched some slow mo of lighter barrels firing with top ports and it drastically flex's the barrel down. I also had a brake with top ports. when I switched barrels on that rifle I went to a different brake. I don't know if it affected accuracy at all but makes me feel better.
 

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