Poll/Discussion: Hunting with a Muzzle Brake

Hunt with a Muzzle Brake

  • Yes

    Votes: 126 75.0%
  • No

    Votes: 43 25.6%

  • Total voters
    168

Kmccord

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Nov 30, 2016
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Reilly Springs, TX
I agree, it is pretty crazy. I think it’s partially because so many hunts up here require non residents to use guides? Maybe our department of fish and game
a) wants clients to hear a bear coming or,
B) be able to hear their guide yelling there’s a bear coming 🤣

I honestly have no idea but I and my hunting buddies have all switched over to suppressors, especially when hunting with our kids.
I had a feeling it had to do with a Bear, however I don't wear mine full time in the field only when getting ready to shoot. If they would take away the stupid ATF License to purchase a suppressor, more and more people could go that route instead of using a brake.
 

Treeslug

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Sep 30, 2020
Messages
526
Location
Hill Country, Texas
About 40 years or so ago, I had my 7mm Rem. mag. Magnaported (however you spell it). The 7 mag. kicks a wee bit more than my braked 378 Wby, but it stays on target very well and the noise is not noticeably louder than it was before I had it Magnaported. On the lower recoil rifles, I still like Magnaporting, but I am nearly deaf from being young and dumb, so I always try to shoot with ear protection.
 

freddiej

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Aug 10, 2010
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714
Location
Carson City, NV
most all my hunting rifles are muzzle broke. from my 22-250 to my 375 H&H. I have very few rifles that shoot magnum class cases without muzzle brakes. only one 300 W/M is without a brake, that is about it.
 

Treeslug

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Hill Country, Texas
I had a feeling it had to do with a Bear, however I don't wear mine full time in the field only when getting ready to shoot. If they would take away the stupid ATF License to purchase a suppressor, more and more people could go that route instead of using a brake.
The ATF has no business making rules and regulations for the masses. The ATF should stick to finding criminals instead of making ordinary citizens into criminals.
 

warboar21

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Feb 2, 2015
Messages
124
Location
Southwest
None of my rifles currently have brakes on them. I don't own a single rifle that has a threaded barrel. I don't care for muzzle brakes personally on hunting rifles since I may or may not have the chance to put on my hearing protection. My friend had a Winchester 70 in 243 Win with the Boss system. That was about the worst pain i've put my ears through when he shot a coyote and I didn't have hearing protection in.
I lost a good portion of my hearing in my right ear when I was a kid. The Army robbed me of the rest and a fair amount in my left ear. Don't always have time to put in hearing protection with inbound or outbound for that matter.
 

Slick8

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Aug 13, 2012
Messages
651
Location
The Republic of Texas
My 30 nosler is braked and I always use hearing protection even when hunting.

Everything else is suppressed except for my 45-70.

The suppressor provides a little recoil reduction but not like a good brake.
 

Willybuck

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Mar 20, 2020
Messages
14
Location
Michigan
I now always wear my Howard Leight Impact Sport ear muffs when hunting or shooting. They amplify the sound while I am hunting but cut out any loud sounds. A real blessing. I hope to save what hearing I have left after years of working in various noisy locations.
 

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