To brake or not to brake

Discussion in 'Ruger Rifle Forum' started by benhanak, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. benhanak

    benhanak New Member

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    Got my american predator in .308, took to the range and fired about 10 rounds. Recoil was not bad at all without a brake and i sighted in at 100 yards in 5 rounds and hitting around 1". The muzzle is threaded for it and i want to try it for accuracy increase but ive read that a brake is a wussy way to go. Ive spent much time shooting a ww2 springfield in 30.06 and the recoil is pretty tough, would i be a wuss for wanting to ease up the felt recoil? Thoughts?
     
  2. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    When I put a muzzle brake on any gun , its not to lessen the felt recoil, which it does, but to control the muzzle movement vertically and horizontally, if the brake is properly designed.

    .308, for me, is not a harsh recoil caliber, but I do have a muzzle brake on my Savage .308 , it is a custom made sharkgill to eliminate muzzle movement, which it is designed to do, and does it very well.

    Now there is a down side to the muzzle brake...all the report is redirected also, and your ears , and your friends ears will need VERY good protection.
    Concussion will be directed to the sides and rearward, which makes a .308 sound like a .50 BMG.:eek::)


    Jim
     

  3. phideaux

    phideaux Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Here is a pic of the one on my Savage .308


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    This is a custom made one that is on my wifes 12 ga VEPR, it works wonders.
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    Jim
     
  4. benhanak

    benhanak New Member

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    I got this one but think i will likely try another[​IMG]
     
  5. benhanak

    benhanak New Member

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    Ive added the brake, not sure i think it will be effective. [​IMG]
     
  6. 00b5

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    I have the Ruger Gunsite Scout in .308. In it's original form it was kicking my shoulder to leaving a bruise. On a bipod it was also jumping around with every shot, even in a gun vise. I was having a problem with my trigger finger sliding to the top of the trigger that I'm sure was adding to the trigger pull poundage. I went with a Boyds custom stock and that solved the trigger problem, but not the jumping. Ordered the Witt Machine MRE muzzle brake and solved the jumping. My best group is a 4 leaf clover, but mostly less than an inch is the norm. The recoil has been reduced to that of an M16.
     

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  7. benhanak

    benhanak New Member

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    Thats a nice rifle! I am going to get a stock similar to that. I hope the muzzle brake helps for me too