Muzzle brakes affect on accuracy?

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by motoguy, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. motoguy

    motoguy New Member

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    Hi everyone I'm new here i've been hanging around for a couple of weeks readin ,great site! Any way I have a savage 112 in 25-06 it shoots half inch 3 shot groups @100 with 75gr horn. v-max and 57gr of rl-19 . What affect would having a muzzle brake installed have on accuracy of this load. Would Ineed to adjust powder,seating depth, ect.I'd just hate to put the brake on and find out it wouldn't shoot those little clover leaf groups any more.
     
  2. 4mesh063

    4mesh063 Well-Known Member

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    I can't immagine it changing the load you shoot in the gun. Whatever works best without it will be the best with it.

    I think that putting a brake on can make you do a better or worse job of shooting the gun, but I don't really believe they do anything but make the gun recoil less, and shoot worse if installed incorrectly (seldom if ever happens).
     
  3. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    First of all welcome to this site. You will find much good info around here.

    To answer your question directly, adding a muzzle brake can change the way your barrel vibrates. This may or may not change the way your load performs. In any event, if you are getting good groups now, they most likely can be had after a brake is added. It is possible a slight change in powder weight may be needed to repeat the tight groups.

    Brakes also add to your shooting comfort. Comfort = accuracy. A brake can also add better accuracy to your rifle by diverting the muzzle blast away from the bullet upon its exit.

    Hope that helps some.
     
  4. STL_Shooter

    STL_Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Moto, hanging a weight on the end of your barrel will definitely change the harmonic pattern it vibrates in. Your bullet will leave the barrel at a different location on that curve.

    If you've carefully worked up a load for maximum accuracy, then it's very likely that you'll need to go back to the drawing board, at least on the powder charge, to gain maximum accuracy. If you end up shooting just as well with the same load after your brake is installed, please let us know. Maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones!

    Whoops...Michael and I posted at the same time...

    [ 01-08-2004: Message edited by: STL ]
     
  5. motoguy

    motoguy New Member

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    Thanks alot for the replies. As soon as funds come togather i'm planning on getting one from SSS good choice? better ones out there? sorry so many questions. This will be my first brake did shoot a friends 300mag w with a boss system thought it was very cool. could almost spot your shots the dust any way
     
  6. COBrad

    COBrad Well-Known Member

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    Hi Motoguy, welcome. I'm new here myself. I've had brakes put on four different rifles from a 6/284 to a .300 jarret. They all worked great. Recoil was significantly reduced, and accuracy was not negatively affected. I know I shoot better with less recoil. I'm thinking I may have one put on my new 22-250 so I can see impact. I'm a believer.