Muzzle Brake Optional


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Muzzle brake blast

Q: I notice that a good many rifles, even medium calibre ones, come with a threaded muzzle together with a muzzle brake and cap (thread protector). I have my doubts whether these rifles really require a brake? My gunsmith suggested I have a brake fitted to my .338 Win. Mag, but I would be concerned about hearing loss. What’s your opinion about this?
Will Barnet

A: I wouldn’t have a muzzle brake on any of my guns, even though I did have one on my .416 Taylor years ago and it worked really well, reducing recoil to about that of a .30-06. But I’d have taken it off and fitted a cap if I was taking it

hunting. I don’t consider a muzzle brake an absolute necessity on a rifle in .338, unless its owner is not accustomed to shooting powerful rifles. To state my opinion bluntly I wouldn’t have a brake on any of my rifles. I’ve heard the muzzle brake described as being a “holey tube” but I’d call it an “unholy tube”


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Nick Harvey

Nick Harvey is one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He has been writing about firearms and hunting for more than 65 years, has published many books and uncounted articles, and has travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject is unmatched. He has been Sporting Shooter's Gun Editor for longer than anyone can remember. Nick lives in rural NSW, Australia.

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