View Full Version : Muzzle break

June 10, 2010, 05:54 PM
I posted this on the reloading side, suspect it may be better here. I have an older .300 winmag and was considering having a muzzle break put on it. What i am wondering if they are all they are hyped up to be. Considering the huge increase in noise will they actually tame recoil a huge amount. Are there certain types or styles that will work better than others. Appreciate the input.

June 10, 2010, 05:59 PM
I put one on my 300 Win Mag.It made a big difference in felt recoil.Well worth the money.

James K
June 10, 2010, 06:28 PM
As Howard 31 says they do a good job of reducing recoil, but they also have a blast factor that can't be ignored; that blast has to go someplace and with a brake (not a "break"; nothing is broken), a good part of it comes back your way.


June 11, 2010, 10:54 AM
While most work well, their asthetics leave a lot to be desired IMHO - since I don't care for the extra diameter of the barrel at the muzzle, reminiscent of the old PolyChokes.

My vote was to have my rifles Mag-Na-Ported, an EDM cutting of ports directly into the barrel wall.


June 11, 2010, 12:53 PM
Would this sound redirection have a positive effect in concealing your position as a sniper?

Bill DeShivs
June 11, 2010, 01:22 PM
It's a "brake."

June 11, 2010, 03:02 PM
Most muzzle brakes have a expansion chamber built in and the porting is angled to the rear slightly. The chamber makes for better gas flow as the bullet leaves the muzzle and exits the muzzle brake. Some of the brakes do not have vent holes in the bottom so you will not kick up dust.

Old Grump
June 11, 2010, 03:39 PM
My 300 Wby has a brake on it and the felt recoil is similar to my H&R .308. I don't notice the noise difference much but the people to either side of me notice it a lot so I shoot on an empty range, my back field or I warn everybody and ask them to step away. Response is almost always the same. "Thats alright buddy, we got our ears on." After my first shot it's always the same, A lot of religious references and some profanity and then, "Why didn't you warn us?" The second shot is always taken after the line has cleared. :D

June 11, 2010, 06:49 PM
I too prefer the Mag-Na-Porting ! The barrel keeps it's lines and not as hard on the ears as a brake . I don't do anything till I have a premium pad installed first . Pads have come a long way in the last few years . You may find that a good pad will make your .300 quite tolerable , did mine .

June 11, 2010, 07:39 PM
Try looking at the Answer Brake, it follows the lines of the barrel.

As far as the range goes, don't these guys wear hearing protection? Most ranges require ear muffs of some sort, they should get better stuff.

Chances are no one has fired a 500 S&W next to them.

Old Grump
June 11, 2010, 11:34 PM
As far as the range goes, don't these guys wear hearing protection? Most ranges require ear muffs of some sort, they should get better stuff.

Everybody had muffs on, some had plugs under the muffs They didn't flinch when I shot the 7MM Rem Mag but the 300 with brake on it throws the sound to the side and back at directly at anybody standing to my left and right. I was in a cone where the sound was going past me but not at me. It's noticeable.

Range etiquette is to remove the brake but old age etiquette gives me some perks too and that's not to be pounded. They were given fair warning and nobody who experienced it once needed a reminder. I didn't bring it out often and I always asked permission to shoot it. Not my fault some are slow learners. :D

June 14, 2010, 09:01 AM
i got a mag-na-brake on my .454 and i love it. its removable and blends in with the finish and diameter of the barrel.it is loud but i use my pro ears at the range and in the woods. as far as felt recoil, i can shoot it all day with hot loads, lots of fun