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Covering a muzzle brake?

I have used electrical tape for years on the end of my barrel to keeps rain, snow and sticks out. I just had a new rifle made with a muzzle brake. Will it effect anything if I cover the entire barke with a balloon and shoot it with it still on there. I am not worried about the pressure, just the accuracy. I know it doesn't effect a regular barrel but I have no experience with brakes.

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Covering a muzzle brake?

In my experience, it will just blow the ballon off when you fire. I do it when it is raining.

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Covering a muzzle brake?

There would be enough air pressure ahead of the bullet that it will blow the balloon off before the bullet ever exits the barrel. It shouldn't have any effect on your accuracy.

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Re: Covering a muzzle brake?
Turdmucklydunn wrote:
I have used electrical tape for years on the end of my barrel to keeps rain, snow and sticks out. I just had a new rifle made with a muzzle brake. Will it effect anything if I cover the entire barke with a balloon and shoot it with it still on there. I am not worried about the pressure, just the accuracy. I know it doesn't effect a regular barrel but I have no experience with brakes.

nope

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Covering a muzzle brake?

Thanks for the answers.

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Re: Covering a muzzle brake?

I was lucky to hunt Idaho for a couple of seasons and I used the balloon because that is what I did in the army. Anyways, I noticed that almost like rust would start to form under the balloon. I stopped it for that reason only. Yes

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Re: Covering a muzzle brake?

That whole idea of covering your muzzle with balloons, condoms, or tape is an old military/battlefield trick. It was used for the obvious purpose of keeping mud, dirt, or any other debris out of the barrel under extreamly dirty and harsh conditions. For hunting and sport shooting I see no use and have absolutley no need for those old tricks on any of my rifles or shotguns. None of my sporting arms will ever come close to seeing the same type of rugged conditions that a typical military firearm is exposed to on the battlefield on a daily basis.

Of all the guns I own, it's my waterfowl shotguns that ever come anywhere remotely close to those rough, dirty, muddy condition that one may encounter on a battlefield and I've never covered the muzzles of my shotguns with anything, never seen the need. My rifles see rough handling in the field too, but not nearly as much as my duck guns. If you're handling your rifle or shotgun properly in the field while hutning, then you shouldn't have much to worry about. Take the bolt out and check it periodically if you think anything may have fallen down your bore. Rain and snow are no problem, never been for my shotguns or rifles, and they've gotten plenty of exposure, believe me! Tip your barrel down occasionally to drain it before firing it if water is a concern.

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Re: Covering a muzzle brake?

i have covered my muzle breaks with tape and never had an issue.

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