@Professor MalwaMy good friend , John Coleman ( a retired Eastern Cape based African professional hunter ) is actually completely deaf in his left ear due to the muzzle brake of a .458 Winchester Magnum ( a push feed BSA Majestic ) which he used to own , prior to acquiring his pre 64 Winchester Model 70 African in ,458 Winchester Magnum .
Muzzle brakes should completely be avoided on dangerous game rifles . If the operator finds the recoil of his rifle so excessive that it necessitates a muzzle brake , then I believe that he should either :
1 ) Get a heavier rifle
2 ) Step down in calibre
3 ) Have the rifle re-stocked and fit to suit him .
@Bob Nelson 35Whelen@Professor Malwa
Unfortunately the BSA Majestic was inflicted with that horrible integrated muzzle brake. There were a few around in 243 and were so horrendously noisy some people went to the extent of having the removed by a gunsmith.
Unfortunately I have lost some hearing in my left ear due to shooting pre earmuff enforcement days. The extra noise of a brake in the bush doesn't affect me but I do wear protection at the range.
@shootist~I call BS also. Both on claims of quietness and percent recoil reduction. Nothing shows where the physics could be backed up. At. All.
I've run brakes on various rifles for decades.
Had a visit to my hearing aid professional today as a matter of fact.
Fastrig, I don’t see any caliber listed over .338. I suspect you were looking for a brake for your .416? JMO, but if you can find a suppressor for it you would be better off. I’m still looking for a suppressor for .375. A PH in Africa told me he could get one for $200+. Sadly I couldn't bring it home If I bought it.
Suppressors come with their own set of trade offs as well.Yep, the 416 as it‘s threaded already. Haven’t had a brake on a rifle in a LONG time, didn’t like my last one. Thought maybe they had evolved over the years, but doesn’t look like it. A suppressor would be cool but think I’m going to go with the Edwards recoil reducers.
I’ll have to go dig through my notes, but there are few companies that make large bore suppressors. I was looking at one a year or so ago but didn’t feel like waiting a year for the background checks, etc.
Suppressors come with their own set of trade offs as well.
I currently own 2 suppressors, one in .30 caliber and one .22 rimfire.
Is it quieter and more safe (for your ears) to shoot...absolutely.
Does it reduce felt recoil...to an extent, yes it does.
I haven't asked a PH or tracker, but I'm sure they would approve over a brake.
But as we all struggle to make our rifles lighter...they add weight.
Adding weight at the end of the barrel changes the balance of a rifle.
Barrel length and getting snagged on brush when hunting becomes a concern.
They also shift point of impact vs when they are not installed.
Then there is the added cost of the suppressor...and of course the wait.
Not to mention traveling to foreign countries with them to hunt with...paperwork
All that said, I believe they are wonderful for hunting here in the US.
Provided you are willing to deal with the above detractors.
I have always been under the impression that a quiet muzzle break was an oxymoronWas looking at muzzle breaks and this one came up on a forum as highly recommended, Quiet Muzzle Break from Gentry Custom. Anyone have any experience with this break? The poster said he had one on a couple of his rifles and that he can shoot without ear protection where he could never do that with other breaks he's owned.
85% is what they claim? Is it made by Asgardian dwarves? Or are the makers unfamiliar with Isaac Newton? Or they have figured out how to make an inertial dampener.Interesting that they claim 85% recoil reduction. It looks like a normal brake to me so how could it be quiet? I guess you need to try it out and see how it works. I’d like to hear a report here on AH.
I’m done with brakes and use Edward’s recoil reducers in all my rifles and suppressors in some cases.