During the 50s men refused to wear earrings, they refrained from crying and did not bother helping with house chores. They would not think of using muzzle brakes either. All that is gone now. Lots more manly shooter are not willing to put up with recoil.
This is exactly the reason why 308 muzzle brakes at http://www.madhousedesign.com are receiving more than the usual attention. Most individuals swear by them. Others swear by them as they cannot deal with the loud noise coming from fellow riflemen who have brakes fitted. However, there is no question in the minds of many that a high-quality 223 muzzle brake such as the Triple-Port Muzzle Brakes designed by MadHouse Design can reduce felt recoil by as much as 45 percent while having no negative impact on accuracy.
It works like this; powder gas would travel right down the barrel and away from the shooter. The resulting force coming from the gas will propel the bullet forward and create an equal force that drives rearward. Because of this, the rifleman or woman would find the rifle grinding its way into their shoulder resulting in sheer discomfort and pain.
Muzzle brakes, however, would redirect the force of the gas elsewhere. You can almost compare it to a student or worker who had to sit on their buttocks for a long time to the point where they experience a burning sensation, but then they decide to lift one buttock which brings about a welcome relief. In the same manner, the brake would send the gas upward and reduce muzzle jump, or by sending the gasses sideward, the recoil would be lessened.
What is a Muzzle Brake?
It is nothing more than a steel tube that is a bit larger in diameter than the barrel of your gun. You would either screw it onto the muzzle itself, or a gunsmith would make it a permanent part of your rifle’s barrel. Within the tube, there are a couple of smaller holes to allow the gas to pass out. Some brake designs are made in a clamshell shape that has slots rather than holes. You would find the latter on rifles that are chambered for a .50 BMG.
A good friend of a gunsmith experienced the benefits of using a brake when he did some shooting with his .300 Winchester that was equipped with a recoil reducer. At first, he found it a bit unsettling. Almost as if he was shooting with a .22 rifle, but then he started getting used to it and love his new found accuracy levels. Then, they tried fitting a brake to a .50 BMG where taking a shot without a brake installed would probably snap your collarbone. These firearms now hardly kicked at all. The only annoying thing was the smoke that traveled backward and into his nose.
It was heartwarming to see that brakes have the ability to make your rifle more accurate, partly because of the reduction in recoil that reduces barrel vibrations and shooter tremors.
Often, prairie dog hunters would have their .22 centerfires fitted with a silencer to make it virtually recoilless where they can see bullet splashes and even follow the path of their bullet to the target.
What you need to watch out for is the following:
- Before rushing out to get your firearm fitted with a muzzle brake, and get a gunsmith to do the job for you, be aware of the fact that they might make your barrel longer by say 3-inches to transform, which in the end would convert your favorite shooting piece into a cumbersome object.
- Getting someone to shorten the barrel to compensate for the extra length, will result in a loss of velocity.
- Some muzzle brake models may affect the way your rifle shoots and affect your accuracy levels to the point where it turns you into a crap shot.
- Extra noise levels as the blast is sure to travel towards you rather than away from you. It could damage your hearing unless you wear a good pair of earmuffs.
Having said this, there are numerous advantages to using a muzzle brake that outweighs some of the negatives we highlighted over here. You need to decide for yourself.
In our books, it makes sense to opt for top quality brands like the Triple-Port Muzzle Brakes by MadHouse Design. Reason being, is that:
- These evenly distribute gas through three precision ports.
- Seriously reduces recoil with a minimal muzzle rise and blow back.
- The solid bottom of the triple-port range ensures there is minimum dust.
- The shooter obtains an uninterrupted view of their target thanks to muzzle flash.
- The manufacturers guarantee optimum fit and alignment due to the Mil-spec single point CNC machined threads.
Speak to MadHouse Design today by calling them on (541) 660-9887.