Should I Muzzle Break a 6.5x284

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by NVHunter1, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. NVHunter1

    NVHunter1 Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Hi All,
    Love this forum and wanted your input. I have a cooper 6.5x284 Excaliber that I love and shoots really well. Ben shooting all the way out to 1000 yards and wanted to know how many people have put a muzzle break on this caliber? I loose the sight picture every time I shoot and was wondering if putting a break on would rectify this situation. Any reccomendation for Breaks would be appreciated.

    Thanks for your input.
  2. marioq

    marioq Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2012
    Tag... I have the same question though I do not have the gun yet
  3. BitterrootBob

    BitterrootBob Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    I'm not the most experienced shooter, by any means, but I am adding a break to a 260 Remington simply to accomplish what you are after, seeing the hit. Guys with a lot more knowledge than myself have told me a good brake will allow you to watch the bullet impact and, to me, that is important when shooting long range.

    My gunsmith recommended the Harrell's Precision Tactical brake. It doesn't blow out the bottom (or 360 degrees), so you don't blow dirt everywhere. He says it takes away as much recoil as any brake on the market and it only cost $30.00. Yes, you read that right, $30.00. I am getting it installed for slightly over $100.00. That is a bargain IMO.

    I am having it pillar bedded and a trigger along with the brake. I should have it back next week and will post some photos.
  4. BrentM

    BrentM Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    I have a 6.5x284 in a savage 116. The rifle is 11 lbs ready to rock. At 800 yards a couple of days ago I was able to see the hits on all but my first shot.

    I did a 3 shot group from a rest, laying on the ground. I then shot another 10 or so from a POS stoney point bipod. Before this day I had a bit of trouble spotting. What I found is that the 284 needs to recoil straight back and not bounce. For me, if I hug the rifle a tad and push it forward in the pod or rest I can stay in line.

    Now keep in mind, I didn't get to see the bullet in flight but I did see the impact.

    Before this I had talked to a gun smith about braking. I think I might be OK now if I just follow this technique, which is also used by Gunwerxs. They have a vid in the vid section showing this tech which is where I got the idea. I tried it. It worked.
  5. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    I have one going together now. It will have a brake. Why wouldn't I, watching the trace and impact is 1/2 the fun.

  6. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2011

    I didn't think the 6.5 was your thing! Can you give us some details about your build.


    I am putting a 6.5x284 together with a mini muscle break, going on a heavy plama barrel ending at .90!
  7. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Her ya go. This is being built with a friend in mind.

    Rem 700 long action.
    TP&G fluted one piece bolt, M-16 extractor, steel firing pin with aluminum shroud.
    S&G bolt knob knurled to match NXS knurls
    6.5 x 284 chambered for 140 Bergers
    Timney trigger 1.5 LBS
    BenchMark 5R tube, 8 twist, 26", #5 contour, .750 @ muzzle, 6 flutes 1/4"
    JP tactical compensator brake
    Near 20 moa UL rail base
    Nightforce rings
    3.5~15x50 NXS with RP-R2 ZS and HS turrets (110moa elevation)
    Precision stock works/ Mcmillan stock (Precision Stock Works | Custom Rifle Stocks) in black with grey web.
    Pillar bedded
    all metal will be satin black cerakote
  8. ishootkittens

    ishootkittens Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2010

    *Scratches Head* What the hell do you all do for a living?! I am fresh out of college with a decent job and I can not afford half of this stuff and STILL EAT! haha