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Muzzle Brake

Anyone here have a muzzle brake on their hunting rifle? I have a Ruger .270 that I hunt with now, but my girlfriend has been showing an interest in hunting lately so I'm looking at picking up another rifle. After doing lots of reading and research, I think I've settled on a .300 Win Mag with a muzzle brake. That way, both of us could shoot either gun and be fine. Also, I feel like a .300 Win Mag compliments a .270 well.

I know that there is a major noise factor with a muzzle brake, but hearing protection should be able to take care of that. I guess I'm just looking to hear from others that hunt with a muzzle brake to see if there's anything I'm not thinking of. Also, any recommendation on places around the state to get a muzzle brake put on, or am I better off shipping to one of the big muzzle brake manufacturers?

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Love mine!

Absolutely love the accubrake on my .340 Weatherby! That darn hand cannon only kicks like a .270. Though it will surely shatter those eardrums.

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I also have one on my .340

I also have one on my .340 Weatherby and love it while I am target shooting but I have never left it on when I was hunting.  The one that I have threads onto the barrel and when you remove it there is a cap that you put on it to protect the threads.  It is a factory Weatherby one. 

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Brakes

I absolutely love my Holland Brake. It has changed everything when it comes to shooting on paper and long range practice. I would not change it for anything.

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I had a Vais MB on a gun I

I had a Vais MB on a gun I used to own. It's reported to be the quietest MB on the market.

It was recommended to me by my gunsmith, and he said i'd hardly notice any difference in noise. He was right.

http://www.muzzlebrakes.com/

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Test

Here's a noise test for the Vais.

http://forums.accuratereloading.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/3221043/m/803107706

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Thanks for all the comments

Thanks for all the comments everyone. I was doing some research on muzzle brakes yesterday and it seems that there were a million different choices. A few that stuck out to me were the APS Painkiller, the APA Little Bastard, and the Vais. The once concern I kept finding with the Vais was that it would kick dirt/dust up everywhere.

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Yes, they will, but I never

Yes, they will, but I never take shots laying down.

Shoot in the mud and snow.

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brake

I have one on the 30-378 and want to get one on a 308 for the daughter. Loud, but muffs protect ears.

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The biggest drawback with

The biggest drawback with having a brake on your rifle while out hunting is not the fact that you know that it is going to be noisy and have brought your ear protection along, but that your hunting partner doesn't have any. 

There are way too many hunters that don't wear any ear protection while out hunting and when you encoporate a muzzle brake that becomes the number one problem.  That is where I like one that can be removed.  Leave it on while at the range or out target shooting but take it off when out actually hunting.  I don't think that I have ever felt a rifles recoil when I was shooting at a game animal. 

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Well, the hunting partner has

Well, the hunting partner has the option to stick his fingers in his ears if he's that close.

Something he should do with a brake, or not.

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