I am curious if a brake ever ruined your rifle's accuracy? I know it can change a current accurate load you had, but from what I have read, a little tweak should get you back. Here my situation. I have a 28nosler rifle which came with a radial brake. I have been shooting Hornady factory ammo and was getting between .6-.75inch 3 shot groups. I ran out of the factory stuff which is ok because I planned on reloading for the rifle with nosler accubonds. The radial brake was only ok for recoil reduction but terrible for prone shooting and keeping the rifle on target so I put a Gen3 Little bastard brake on it. Now I finally decided to work up some loads. I have been using the Satterlee velocity node strategy for the past 3 rifles and it has worked out well so I decided to do the same with this rifle. I loaded up 12 rounds and shot. I found two flat plateaus for a velocity node but the upper one is at max and I don't like shooting max so I stuck to the lower. I then loaded up 4 rounds in the lower node and shot a 1.25 inch group. Not great so I decided to do the berger method at this charge weight to see if maybe it was a seating depth issue. ALL of the groups were terrible. The best was just about 1 inch, while the worst was almost 2 inches. Is this a sign this rifle may be a lemon or the brake is ruining things or should I move on to another bullet? I might be giving the hammer hunters a try because I heard they are supposedly easy to load for.