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Vais muzzle brakes

http://www.muzzlebrakes.com/

I know many people don't like them due to the noise increase but I have had very good luck with the Vais brake shown here. I had one put on my daughters 30-06 last year and she absolutely loves it. Her flinching is gone and comfort level is way up. I'm having one put on my 7mag now so as to be able to see where I hit better without a spotter.

These do not seem to increase the noise level as much as some others do.

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I have a muzzle brake on my

I have a muzzle brake on my .340 Weatherby and when shooting full power loads while sighting it in or building up loads it is great, but it is noisy.  The nice thing about it is that it is removable and replaced by a threaded sleeve to save the threads on the barrel.  When I first shot it a friend that was with me told me that I needed to look at the shock wave that came out of the brake since I was shooting over some grass.  Once I did that I realized just where the noise goes once the trigger is pulled and I doubt that I would ever pull the trigger in a hunting situation with it on just as a courtesy to others that might be with me.  Not to mention my own hearing. 

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I've had a Fox River brake

From Gander Mountain, I had a brake installed on my .300 Ultra Mag.  It kicked less than my .280 once installed, but the dust clouds it would put out and the fact that I'd lose my hearing for close to a minute or more when shooting in the field was just too much for me to want to consider doing a muzzlebrake again.

I don't see how it's possible to make a quiet brake that is also effective.  Simple physics, it has reroute the gases to the sides, where you will experience more muzzleblast.  If it does that minimally, it will reduce recoil minimally, in which case, what's the point?

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Muzzle brakes

 the dust clouds it would put out and the fact that I'd lose my hearing

Have you ever noticed the shock wave and concussion that an un-braked magnum rifle makes?

As for the noise, shooting a standard .30-06 without ear protection will damage your hearing.  Loads for my .300 Weatherby burn 60% more powder than my .30-06 loads.  That's a substantial increase in noise with or without a muzzle brake.  The first (and only) time that I shot my .357 mag revolver without ear protection, my ears rang for a long time.

I have KDF muzzle brakes on my .300 Wby and on my .375 RUM.  I shot 3 critters in South Africa with my .375 RUM and 2 critters in West Texas with my .300 Wby all from prone positions, and never had any issues with muzzle blast or dust clouds.

I always carry at least two pairs of foam ear plug with me while hunting.  It only takes a few seconds to put them in ( I usually put them in just before making my final stalk), and I have never missed taking a shot at an animal because I was putting ear plugs in.

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I had muzzlebrake put on my

I had muzzlebrake put on my 7mm Rem Mag and it went from being loud to unbrable.  I sold the rifle!!!  When i use to shoot rifle matchs up in Raton, NM (NRA range) I used a 300 H&H with a Muzzlebrake and enjoyed it alot.  The other shooters didn't like me but, i wasn't there to please them. I was there for a Class.  I really think it comes down to the person. 

What i really don't understand is when i see a 22-250 or a 243 with a Muzzlebrake on it.

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http://www.basspro.com/RedHea

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Banded-Foam-Shooting-Plugs/product/101879/-1354755

My whole family wears a pair of these around our necks now no matter what firearm we are hunting with. Less than 5 seconds to pull them up and pop them into your ears, They don't need to be tight and really help a lot.

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I all ways wear double

I all ways wear double protection with my 7 Mag.  just to damn loud.  Glad i don't have it anymore.

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