To brake or not to brake

rewiltshire

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I have muzzle breaks on quite a few of my riles (and pistols) for the main reason that it reduces muzzle rise. I have one on a Remington 700 VS in .223 Remington, very heavy rifle with almost no recoil to start with. When I am shooting 400-500 yards at a prairie dog I want to see POI so I can make slight adjustments without guessing. By reducing/eliminating muzzle rise, they allow me to see the POI at long distance. Even shooting 200 yards out of a 14" Contender it is helpful.
Could be very helpful on any followup shots.
 

Sam Summey

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I have a Bergara B-14 HMR in 6.5 CM. Recoil is modest to say the least but I was wondering if there is any benefit to putting a muzzlebrake on it other than a "looking cool" factor.
I'm so used to shooting my .45-70s that this is like shooting a .22 LR. So any benefit to the MB?
I rebarreled a Rem 700 22-250 for a customer. It was shooting great, he had another gunsmith thread and install a break on it. Now it doesn't shoot worth a crap, go figure. More like tits on a bore hog.
 

Ingwe

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I have a brake on my 20lb 204 Ruger. 32gr VMax at 4,320fps and the barrel doesn't even budge...I can see the prairie dogs explode though the scope at 24 power.
 

sixfivefanboy

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I have a brake on my 20lb 204 Ruger. 32gr VMax at 4,320fps and the barrel doesn't even budge...I can see the prairie dogs explode though the scope at 24 power.
I love the 204 - even without a brake you can watch Prairie Dogs and rock chucks explode.
 

TexasFrog

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MB definitely help in the field especially if it’s a smaller framed person, kids, tiny wives ect... the less it “hurts” the less we anticipate the hurt...
 

BigDon

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I haven’t seen any discussion of Magnaporting as done by Larry Kelly. I hunt Africa a fair bit and most professional hunters there don’t like brakes and many even prohibit them. So I went the Magnaport route on a couple of my really big bores. I also built a Magnaported 375 for my wife that shoots like a 30-06. Keeps the muzzled down, drops the recoil but doesn’t amplify the blast like brakes do.
 

sturner

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I started using a suppresser instead of a brake
Shot a doe in the head last week DANG saw it all
 

sturner

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Yes shot a 300 RUM ported out to 600 it did fine the guy who owns it killed an Bull Elk at 575 and dropped him where he stood
 

Troutslayer2

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I have no idea why or what causes it, but my son's 7mm ultra sighted in at 100 yards with a Guide series brake shoots
.5 moa, but if you unscrew the brake, the group is around 2 inches. We have tested this many times at different temperatures in the range here in the yard. Puzzling to me but he never shoots it without the brake anyway.

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It could be related to muzzle velocity since it acts as sort of a couple inches of barrel. I can measure that with one of my rifles braked vs. unbraked. Or harmonics. I have nothing to add to all this other than I like brakes for the range and threaded caps for the field. Might try a can one of these days.
 
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