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muzzle breaks

do they make a significant difference in the recoil of a bigger gun, say 300 win mag? thanks for the comments....

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I would say yes, I know a guy with a 338 ultra mag and he says it kicks about like a 30-06 with the break.

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Yes they reduce recoil. However they may effect accuracy and muzzle velocity of the rifle. The critical word there is "may", depends on the brake and the installer. You'll find lots of people that swear by them.

Because of the venting of the gas to the side, brakes will definitely increase the sound blast. Get some good ear protection if your going to use a brake.

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I do have to agree with bitmasher, the break does reduce the recoil,i have a Browning medallion A-boltII w/boss--(which i do have to add that it wasnt a very easy rifle to sight in from scratch)in 7mm rem mag. It has very little reciol what so ever--but-- the increase in noise from muzzle blast litterlly makes ears hurt.very good ear protection is a must!! As for accracy after finding a decent combo for gun (ammmo)its very on target. so if you choose to buy a rifel w/break remember the ears. Grin
happy hunting
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muzzle breaks

what is the break good for then?

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The point of the Break is for less recoil for more cumfortable shooting.So for some smaller people that cant handle reciol that well its the best thing in the world. But i have shot a 300 Jarrett with a muzle break and i couldnt hear nuthin but bells for about 15 min so i would have to say that u loose recoil but gain major noise.

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Gpcinc; My $0.02 on muzzle brakes. My wife has a Browning Medallion (270) with the BOSS. The rifle was a winner from the first shots. It was easy to Zero, and was very easy to find the Sweet Spot for the BOSS. The recoil is Very light with the recoil reducing brake installed. Yes, it is loud. She only uses it when we practice at our local range. So use Muffs and plugs. When we hunt I install the conventional brake on the end of the barrel. What makes this system so great is you can tune the Boss to match any load. Just yesterday she shot a three shot group in nearly s single hole. Just to add; the point of impact does not change when I install the conventional brake verses the recoil reducing brake. She does not have any flinch from recoil and practice is fun all day . No sore arms or bruises. Since using this rifle She makes one-shot kills.
I recommend it.

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I agree with Elkman. I have a Browning Stainless Stalker with the Boss in .300 Win Mag. It is very pleasant to shoot and the felt recoil is much less than my 7mm Mag.
I never notice the noise when shooting at game and on the range I use hearing protection. I have not found the increased muzzle blast to be a factor at all. However, shooters close to you may not feel that way.
It took me quite awhile to get it finetuned. Meaning this, the factory recommended sweet spot gave me less than an inch groups. A little shooting got them down around .600. The next year while working on a full house Elk load in a heavier bullet I hit on a setting that reduced my deer load to one hole groups. I have a 3.5X10 Leupold on that rifle and to get it to shoot any tighter I need a 25X scope. It shoots better now than I can see.
Personally, I like the muzzle brake. I never worry about the recoil, just making a good shot. I carry a conventional recoil sleeve on my western hunts, but use it only in case of icy sleet or snow. That way I can tape the end of my barrel and keep ice out.

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I am a firm believer in muzzel breaks. My 378 weatherby with the break has the same recoil as my 300 weatherby with no break..

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