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Muzzle Brake

Can anyone tell me what a muzzle brake would be like on a rifle . Do they make the rifle more accurate, less recoil, or is it just loud

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This article by Chuck Hawks answers all your questions and a few more:

http://www.chuckhawks.com/muzzle_brakes.htm

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I'm not a big muzzle brake fan. Although they work great, the extra sound is not worth it i my opinion. Try other products like the past recoil pad for your shoulder. Recoil is usually not noticed hunting and the shoulder pad can be used at the range session for any of your firearms.

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I am a firm believer in muzzle breaks on my rifles because of a shoulder injury. I even had a muzzle break installed on a mild recoiling 7mm08! Yes, they increase muzzle blast but i use ear protection, even in a hunting blind. There was a time when I shot my 338 Win mag without any problems with recoil but that was before the shoulder injury. For someone that is recoil sensative or has shoulder injury issues, or a new/young shooter, I highly reccommend them. I have had both the Mag-Na-Break and Fox Muzzle breaks installed and like them equally.

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I don't know a lot about them other than they are loud. The thing I don't get is why would you buy a rifle in a cartridge that the recoil bothers you rather than just buy one in a cartridge you can handle? Shoulder problems I could understand.

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I have not had the experience of hearing the report from a firearm with one of those puppies attached, but if even close to being as loud as many shooters attest to, I don't want anything to do with them. Why ?
Because something loud enough to be annoying or hurtful will cause an automatic reflex with the shooter that will greatly affect his/her accuracy and I can't see Ol Hammer skirting around the bush with a pair of magnum ear protecters hanging from my belt and I haven't flinched yet and don't intent to.
There are going to be exceptions, medical conditions,and off course bench shooting, but I think that's as good as it gets.

I say : " Know your limitations and stay within the boundaries" and Be Happy Laugh Big smile Laugh

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If you need a brake on a rifle to tame the recoil. It should be left at the range. It has no business at the hunt.
As hammer and others have stated. It's to much noise and to much gun for a hunt. There isn't any critter in these lower 48 that needs that much gun.
Play with the gimmicks at home or at the range.
If someone showed up at my camp with one on his rifle. I'd tell them to leave it in the truck or go home.

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Love the BOSS on my Browning .30-06. Significantly reduces recoil and still quieter than any 300 WSM that I've been around. Fuzzybear needs to take some physics classes -- there's nothing gimmicky about a muzzle break. Like that article states, there is a real advantage and a real disadvantage to using a muzzle break.

I don't need a muzzle break to shoot a .30-06. I've shot plenty without. However, I do like having the muzzle break there. It makes it a more comfortable gun to shoot. I don't see anything wrong with that. And contrary to fuzzybear's comments, I don't think anyone would argue that a .30-06 is too much gun for deer and elk -- just because it has a muzzle break doesn't mean that it's some ridiculous caliber.

If I had to do it over again, I'd still buy the same .30-06 w/BOSS that I bought. Some people don't like the way the BOSS looks, but I've never heard anything from friends about my gun being abnormally lound ... it's not. I've not been around a magnum rifle that had a muzzle break on it.

Good luck.

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Just remember, hearing damage is forever. When you mow down the little structures in your inner ear that allow you to hear they do not grow back!!!

Something else to consider is that the people you hunt with will hate the thing if they are anywhere near you when you shoot. Occassionally I get invited on a good deal hunt in a new place and as a guest I wouldn't dream of showing up with a muzzle break on a rifle because I'd like to be invited back.

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one thing to remember, there are several different types (models) availlable.
I had the "VAIS" system installed on my rifle, It works great and does not increase the noise level because it has almost as many holes pointed to the front as there are pointed all arond the sides.

this will give you a better idea

http://www.muzzlebrakes.com/

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To 67L48

Welcome to BGH
Don't bring that thing into my camp.
You'll be sent home to play with your duckies. Big smile Big smile Big smile

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