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#6147910 - 01/21/16 08:58 PM Thinking About A Muzzle Brake
Mickey Moose Offline
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Subject says it all. 300 Win Mag. Barrel is not threaded. I would need a gunsmith to install.

What do I need to consider? I guess I need to know barrel diameter? Do I buy one on my own and provide to whichever gunsmith I choose? Simply contact a gunsmith and have them take care of getting what I want if they don't have it? If buying on my own how do I know which threading to select? I suppose that doesn't matter so long as the gunsmith knows what the threading is (which I'm sure they can easily determine on their own - they don't need me to tell them)?

Now that details are sorted out what is your opinion of best performing (muzzle rise vs recoil management) brands and models? American Precision Arms, Alamo, Holland, JEC, and JP seem to have better performing models.

School me please. I think I'm making this harder than it is.

Thanks - Mickey
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#6147940 - 01/21/16 09:12 PM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Mickey Moose]
Dien Offline
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Registered: 08/16/12
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Muzzle brake tests

I recommend you get a 5/8-24 threaded if your barrel will support it. Most common one for 308 calibers. Supposedly the bigger the threads the better but then harder to find muzzle different muzzle brakes to try out.

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#6147947 - 01/21/16 09:16 PM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Mickey Moose]
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Precision Armament makes 2 very good ones for 30cals.
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#6147976 - 01/21/16 09:28 PM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Mickey Moose]
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I've always used JEC. It scored well on the muzzle brake test.

Put a caliper on the muzzle to see how much meat is available to thread. Buy a brake that will fit, go 5/8" if possible. If you have to buy a 1/2" brake, fine.
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#6148073 - 01/21/16 10:49 PM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Mickey Moose]
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For me, the biggest thing to consider is hearing protection. Get some. And use it.
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#6148075 - 01/21/16 10:55 PM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: kry226]
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Originally Posted By: kry226
For me, the biggest thing to consider is hearing protection. Get some. And use it.


True for a rifle without a brake. Might as well have the 40% reduction in recoil to go with it.
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#6148076 - 01/21/16 10:59 PM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Mickey Moose]
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Harrels brake is pretty alright

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#6148101 - 01/21/16 11:36 PM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: FiremanJG]
Mickey Moose Offline
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Put a caliper on the muzzle to see how much meat is available to thread. Buy a brake that will fit, go 5/8" if possible. If you have to buy a 1/2" brake, fine.

Measured my barrel at the muzzle a few times. Got slightly different measurements but they were all at least 0.86".
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#6148143 - 01/22/16 02:02 AM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: FiremanJG]
kry226 Offline


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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: kry226
For me, the biggest thing to consider is hearing protection. Get some. And use it.


True for a rifle without a brake. Might as well have the 40% reduction in recoil to go with it.


True. I don't disagree with that at all. But you can definitely tell a difference between the two. The brake actually hurts. Bad.

But I haven't fired any gun without hearing protection in many years, even while hunting.
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#6148671 - 01/22/16 10:09 AM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Mickey Moose]
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Brakes are awful. Brakes under suppressors are amazing. Do yourself a favor and install a brake/can combo.
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#6148755 - 01/22/16 10:43 AM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Mickey Moose]
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I think brakes are wonderful.
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#6148773 - 01/22/16 10:49 AM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Mickey Moose]
Texasteach Offline
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Registered: 01/05/16
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Brakes are great for the shooter. No one around you will like them though...lol. Also, don't shoot off the truck...
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#6148866 - 01/22/16 11:30 AM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Texasteach]
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Originally Posted By: Texasteach
Brakes are great for the shooter. No one around you will like them though...lol. Also, don't shoot off the truck...


Sounds perfect to me. I don't like people, anyway. My truck doesn't mind, though. I just keep all the glass in mind.
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#6148895 - 01/22/16 11:42 AM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Mickey Moose]
Cast Offline
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Stick it out the window and it'll bust your mirror when it fires.
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#6148959 - 01/22/16 12:06 PM Re: Thinking About A Muzzle Brake [Re: Cast]
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Originally Posted By: Cast
Stick it out the window and it'll bust your mirror when it fires.


I have a long barrel and I don't drive around with stinking tow mirrors jutting out 4'. It's not even close to doing that, at least with my setup.
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