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#7031677 - 01/09/18 03:10 PM gonna take a bite of humble pie
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Fireman, Chad, an all the others who told me to build my own rifle on my thread awhile back, well, I took the long road around.

I'm still waiting on one other bid on a rifle but my new plan is to buy a LH remmy 700 sps, have it restocked, cerakoted, brake installed, etc. for much much less than a custom build on the same action.

Question....this rifle comes with a 26" barrel. should I have it cut to 24", recrowned with a brake installed? or put up with the .300 win mag unbraked and see how it shoots?

anything else you guys recommend? anything besides a Tikka?


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#7031690 - 01/09/18 03:20 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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I have a 300 WM without a brake and a braked 30-378 Weatherby Mag and prefer to shoot the bigger one with the brake.....except for the ammo cost

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#7031700 - 01/09/18 03:29 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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Cut to 24" and add a brake.

As for what are the other options besides Tikkas that is an almost endless list of possibilities, many discussed in the other thread.

If I remember the other thread, you like Weatherby rifles. How about having their custom shop build what you want?

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#7031789 - 01/09/18 04:41 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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Tx, I talked to horizon at DSC. their current turn around time on most builds is only 4-6 weeks if I remember right. Got to look at their in house Iota stocks, and was pretty impressed. I’d give Derrick a call.
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#7031807 - 01/09/18 04:51 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Fireman, Chad, an all the others who told me to build my own rifle on my thread awhile back, well, I took the long road around.

I'm still waiting on one other bid on a rifle but my new plan is to buy a LH remmy 700 sps, have it restocked, cerakoted, brake installed, etc. for much much less than a custom build on the same action.

Question....this rifle comes with a 26" barrel. should I have it cut to 24", recrowned with a brake installed? or put up with the .300 win mag unbraked and see how it shoots?

anything else you guys recommend? anything besides a Tikka?




I think you've made a good choice. I personally don't like a brake but that's up to you. I shoot the 300 Weatherby all the time and see no need for a brake plus the increase in dB is not something I enjoy.
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#7031808 - 01/09/18 04:52 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Fireman, Chad, an all the others who told me to build my own rifle on my thread awhile back, well, I took the long road around.

I'm still waiting on one other bid on a rifle but my new plan is to buy a LH remmy 700 sps, have it restocked, cerakoted, brake installed, etc. for much much less than a custom build on the same action.

Question....this rifle comes with a 26" barrel. should I have it cut to 24", recrowned with a brake installed? or put up with the .300 win mag unbraked and see how it shoots?

anything else you guys recommend? anything besides a Tikka?




TxTrophy, I've found that over the many years I've been eating humble pie, if I wash it down with a bit Crow (liquefied in the food processor, of course) it goes down a bit better. :_)

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#7031866 - 01/09/18 05:35 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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banana2 (can I say "told ya so"?)...peep

7 Rem Mag, 300 Win Mag, ect, I've got a policy....

26" to an 11° crown AND add a brake. It aint no big deal to maneuver. Carried it deer hunting yesterday, not a problem at all. But I am rarely in a blind.

It'll shoot as good as the ammo you load for it will shoot. And, see the rifle Red Snake had built? I can give you that builders number. Not wanting to commit his time, but I bet you have a finished rifle in 5 weeks or less, after you send him the parts. He also builds all mine, and Chad's, and they are laser beams.


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#7031902 - 01/09/18 05:51 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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Cut it and add the break. It’s not bad with out it but noticeable difference with it.
Pull break off and add thread protector when needed.
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#7031927 - 01/09/18 06:06 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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I'd rather you added a suppressor than a brake. Don't suppressors also function somewhat as a brake?
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#7031997 - 01/09/18 06:55 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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I am with FJG on barrel length 26 inches, but for a hunting rifle I prefer no brake. You have a lot of powder to burn, and a longer tube will let you get the most out of it.

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#7032024 - 01/09/18 07:18 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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I absolutely hate 26" barrels on hunting rifles, but with a magnum I think they serve a useful purpose so I would leave it. If it was a non magnum cartridge I would have it cut down before I ever loaded the first round. Muzzle brakes are personal preference, but I personally would not install a brake. I just don't think the reduction in recoil is enough to outweigh the extra noise and blast.
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#7032027 - 01/09/18 07:19 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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26” and a brake.
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#7032037 - 01/09/18 07:23 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: txtrophy85]
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No brake, rifle is loud, need hearing protection.

Brake, rifle is loud, need hearing protection, and you have half the recoil.

Why not use a brake? Just because of by-standers?
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#7032047 - 01/09/18 07:29 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
No brake, rifle is loud, need hearing protection.

Brake, rifle is loud, need hearing protection, and you have half the recoil.

Why not use a brake? Just because of by-standers?


All the more reason to use a brake. Clears out the bench.
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#7032056 - 01/09/18 07:33 PM Re: gonna take a bite of humble pie [Re: Sneaky]
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Originally Posted By: Sneaky
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
No brake, rifle is loud, need hearing protection.

Brake, rifle is loud, need hearing protection, and you have half the recoil.

Why not use a brake? Just because of by-standers?


All the more reason to use a brake. Clears out the bench.


It does for sure. Last time I was out at the range I had a 308 with a Gen 2 Lil Bastard and the guy next to me huffed and puffed and moved to another spot.
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