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Muzzle Brake?

My only experience with a muzzle break was on a .50 BMG. Yeah it did dampen the recoil, but at the expense of dirt, pebbles, and sand blasting me in the face Oops! Should have worn a dust mask in addition to my goggles lol

Don't get too hung up on big bore magnums kid. Unless you're hunting large Kodiaks, Polar Bears, Rhinos, Elephants, etc you'll never find practical use for those large guns.

Elk can be easily taken with a .30-06, and even slightly smaller calibers. In fact more Elk have been taken with the .30-06 than most people will care to admit.

Location: Colorado
Joined: 07/10/2006
Posts: 4
Muzzle Brake?

I live in Colorado and many elk are taken here with the 7mm-08, 308 and even the .243 Winchester. My advice is to use a rifle that you feel comfortable with AND CAN HIT WITH!! Better to hit an elk with a .243 than to miss him with a 300 Magnum. And PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE until you know exactly how the trigger feels when you squeeze it off and can call every shot. Then you will be ready and recoil will not be that important. If you decide to go with a muzzle brake wear ear plugs - there's is a lot of good advice from the old timers here. I'm only 66 but I think they are giving you good advice.

I personally use a Remington Model Seven in caliber .308. It is lightweight for carrying up those steep hills, is accurate for the first three shots until the barrel heats up and I don't take 500 yard shots across canyons. But if I haven't scored in three shots (that's all I load in the rifle) the elk wins, I let the barrel cool down and I start all over again.

One more thing - don't shoot at an elk - shoot at a specific location on the elk. I prefer to break a front shoulder to put him down. Usually the bullet will pass through the heart and/or lungs and complete the job, but at least the elk will be anchored and won't go anywhere. Give him about 10 minutes before you approach with the rifle loaded. And be ready for anything to happen. If he's not dead he going to be mighty mad at you.

Good luck in your elk hunt..

Location: finland
Joined: 05/31/2006
Posts: 1

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Location: Fort Collins, CO
Joined: 07/24/2006
Posts: 34
Muzzle Brake?

I have a .30-06 Browning with the BOSS muzzle break. I absolutely love it. Takes an incredible amount of kick off the gun as compared to a Remington .30-06. I'll easily trade noise for reduced recoil. My rifle is so much more shootable at the range, and I like to shoot it a few time a year.

As for .30-06, .270, 7mm., .300 win mag, and other comparable rifles, with few exceptions, the right choice is personal preference. All do a great job of taking down common large and small game. When you step up to moose and other very large game, then you may want a mag in your arsenal.

Get what you want. Don't talk yourself out of a .300 Win Mag if you think that in a year you wished you'd have done otherwise.

Location: texas
Joined: 04/23/2006
Posts: 441
muzzle brakes

I'll chip in a few cents worth on this topic. I have a 7mm-08, which is pleasant to shoot without a brake. I have a .30-06, which I put a brake on and it is also now pleasant to shoot--I can put several boxes through it without a sore shoulder. I have two .300 win magnums, one is braked, the other is not. The braked one is a walmart special winchester mod 70 and it hurt after a few shots. Now I can put a box through easily. The other is a Tikka T3 and it is just comfortable to shoot without a brake but beware the edge of the scope becauses it sure travels at times. I have a Weatherby .375 H & H, which is braked from the factory. It is comfortable to shoot without the brake. but a little more so with the brake. My Steyr .376 scout is ported, which reduced the recoil over 50% to me and is now fun to shoot. Don't shoot it from the prone position unless you enjoy dust and bits flying into your face. I always wear plugs and ear muffs at the range. Unfortunately, loud heavy metal music and working in a metal foundary have already given me permanent tinnitus, and a few too many unprotected shots in the field have added to it. When you are real old you will find there is not much worth hearing anyway. Go ahead if the brake makes the gun more fun to shoot but be more aware of the need to protect your ears with a braked gun. As with most topics, there are pros and cons to muzzle brakes. You get to decide. If youa re really bitten by magnum madness, consider the great .375. I do not think it kicks as hard as an unbraked .300. Throw in a 270 or 300 grain soft point and you will get your elk easily (but at a much greater cost per round).

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