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wild_wild_wes
11-03-07, 00:22
Which muzzle brake would you recommend for a .308 bolt action rifle?

Robb Jensen
11-03-07, 08:40
The JP 'tank brake' makes a .308 feel like a .22 Hornet but it's big and ugly, the Bennie Cooley brake is very effective and looks more pleasing to me. An AAC Cyclone works pretty well too. ;)

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sgtlmj
11-03-07, 12:55
Brake for a .308Win?!? If you ever shoot in a match, the rest of the people on the line will hate you.

HolyRoller
11-03-07, 14:39
I don't know about tactical matches and such, but muzzle brakes aren't allowed in the first place under NRA highpower rules, for exactly that reason.

I used to have a Rem 700 in .300 Weatherby, 180gr bullet at 3200fps, that I got from a client's dad in payment for doing his son's appeal. It had what artillery books call a "pepper pot" MB, with straight holes regularly spaced all around it, that cut the recoil to .223 levels. I believe it came that way from the factory. The only time I shot it was on an indoor range, by myself. It just about blew all the air out of the room, and the wavefront from the muzzle blast felt like somebody bopped me in the nose with every shot. I didn't have a long-range place to shoot at the time so I eventually sold it, but that MB was amazingly effective.

Also it's a relief to see somebody spelling "brake" correctly. Why do so many people online want to "break" their muzzles? It's even misspelled this way in the Remington LE catalog.

wild_wild_wes
11-03-07, 18:29
I was looking at either an 18 or 20 inch barrel on my custom build. I figure there will be greater recoil with such a short barrel, if experience with Jungle Carbines and M44 Mosins is any guide...

sgtlmj
11-03-07, 19:48
I was looking at either an 18 or 20 inch barrel on my custom build. I figure there will be greater recoil with such a short barrel, if experience with Jungle Carbines and M44 Mosins is any guide...

A brake on a bbl that short will really ring your bell. I just chopped my rifle from 26" to 20" and there is no difference in recoil other than the pound it shed.

wild_wild_wes
11-04-07, 15:23
Then what about a Flash Hider? Or leave the muzzle plain?

sgtlmj
11-05-07, 19:26
Then what about a Flash Hider? Or leave the muzzle plain?

A Vortex would be good. If you move outta Kalifornia someday, you could buy a suppressor for it and it would already be threaded.

Rock-N-Ruin
11-05-07, 23:30
Badger makes a Brake for bolt guns, I plan on putting one on my Rem 700 P in .308 just because I don't like the bi-pod hop..( I know, I can add the ski's to the feet if I want) I have seen the Badger Brake's on snipershide.com.. I think their called a BFE?? but not quite sure.. All I know is the felt recoil is that of a .223 or less...I want to put a Vortex on my M1A/M14, I just put one on my M4 and like it, so why not... J.:D

mark5pt56
12-24-07, 13:14
take a look at these, Holland from Brownells.

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/productdetail.aspx?p=6905&s=

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Jester
12-30-07, 17:13
+1 on the badger, I had one on my savage .308 and I could shoot it all day and love my shoulder the next morning.

I'll probably be putting one on my new remmy.

KG4LHO
01-01-08, 21:28
A Vortex would be good. If you move outta Kalifornia someday, you could buy a suppressor for it and it would already be threaded.

+1 on the Vortex. If you have ever shot your .308 at dusk or full dark, the 36" diameter ball of fire that exits out of a 26" barrel will blind/scare the hell out of you, even if you expect it. I just installed a Vortex on my AR and fired at dusk and the difference is amazing. I am sure once the .308 version installed on my 700P, it will be equally impressive.

But like GotM4 said, a suppressor will lesson recoil, muzzle flash and sound signature. Someday....someday, I too will have a stamp that allows that. Thanks, Wesley

NC12215
01-05-08, 00:43
wild_wild_wes,
Check out the Defensive Edge Brake. I have one on my rifle and it works great for reducing recoil. Not so much at muzzle flash. But less than some others I have seen.
Dave

http://www.defensiveedge.net

themadhatter
01-08-08, 15:16
A Vortex would be good. If you move outta Kalifornia someday, you could buy a suppressor for it and it would already be threaded.

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rhino
01-08-08, 17:35
The best muzzle brake for a .308 bolt gun (in my opinion) would be a (sound) suppressor. It would also be the best flash supressor.

I have a Ruger M77 MkII Compact .308 that weighs under 5#. It hurts to shoot it, so I'm going to have the muzzle threaded for a suppressor. Until I get the $$$ for a suppressor and the tax, I'll probably put whatever compensator or brake I can find cheap that will fit the same threads.