Muzzle Brakes: What do you guys like?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Sgtdonf, Feb 20, 2002.

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  1. Sgtdonf

    Sgtdonf Member

    Jan 30, 2002

    I have a couple of guns I want to put muzzle brakes on and I was curious which are your favorites and why? Of course bugholes are always a priority!!!

  2. jhendri2

    jhendri2 Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2001
    I have three different brand of brakes:

    Answer: Very good fit and finish, works well on the recoil, the noise factor is the lowest of the three.

    McMillen: Very good fit and finish, the least effective of the three, very hard to clean.

    KDF Clone: VERY LOUD. Very effective, fit and finish are average.

    A close friend has a Vais, the fit and finish are superb, noise level is high, also a very effective brake.

    I have not had any effect the accuracy (other than I can shoot longer without a sore sholder).

  3. Darryl Cassel

    Darryl Cassel Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2001

    On my wife's and my 300 Weatherby light gun for 1000 yard matches, we have KDF brakes. If they didn't work so good, she couldn't take the recoil with the 220 and 240 gr bullets.

    I have had or do have some of the other known brands plus some made by excellent gunsmiths and the dampening effect of the "KDF" seems to be best of ANY we have used to date.
    I have a Veis on a Goodling 30 Mag also and the dampening effect is NOT as good as the KDF.

    The important part of the brake instalation is to have the correct clearance around the bullet as it exits through the brake. If I remember correctly, it's .016" to .025" clearance around the bullet.


    PS--As an add on as Jim just said, you can shoot much longer without getting a sore shoulder. A person can shoot MUCH more accurate with almost any cartridge that has a fair amount of recoil with a brake then he can without it. Another advantage to the LR hunter using a fairly light rifle with a lot of recoil is, with a brake he is more likly to see his own hits (bullet impacts) way out there.

    [ 02-20-2002: Message edited by: Darryl Cassel ]
  4. AJ300MAG

    AJ300MAG Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2002
    I have a Weatherby .300 laminated stainless steel rifle with the factory Accubrake. Brake works well enough to shoot the rifle one handed off a bench without getting punished by the recoil. I installed a Vais brake on a .300 Rem Ultramag BDL, its not as effective as the Accubrake, but it reduced the recoil to where I can shoot from a bench without getting a sore arm. The Vais isn't as loud as the accubrake, I'm getting groups under 1/2MOA at 100 yards - so accuracy wasn't affected. I didn't shorten the barrel on the ultramag when I installed the brake. On my Weatherby they shortened it to mantain the 26" barrel. My velocities are 100fps slower than book values.