Muzzle Brake worth it?

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Muzzle Brake worth it?

Postby jphillips0422 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:10 am

Hello,

New to the forum. I purchased a 22" stainless Ruger American 450 Bushmaster for this year's Ohio hunting season. I used Black Butterfly with 275g Barnes XPB Ammunition because I did't have time to make my own XPB or TSX load. Love Barnes bullets for hunting. Now that it is over, I'm looking to have some upgrades done. Adding the following: Boyd's stock with V-blocks glass bedded, barrel floated, DIP Metal trigger guard, V3 precision metal magazine clip, and maybe a Timney trigger.

I was fine without having a muzzle brake this year, but looking to make a load to maximize a 275 grain Barnes TSX for power and accuracy or even trying the Bear Creek Ballistics ammunition that was posted on another thread (impressive ballistics https://bearcreekballistics.com/product ... rain-ammo/ ). Wanted opinions on getting/needing the Mag-na-brake? I welcome pros cons and any additional thoughts.

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Re: Muzzle Brake worth it?

Postby Al in Mi » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:15 am

welcome aboard and some nice mods your looking to do to that RAR.

that barrel threaded now?
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Re: Muzzle Brake worth it?

Postby Hoot » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:15 am

Welcome Aboard OM!

The muzzle brake helps but not like a muzzle brake helps with a 300 Win Mag. Most of the recoil you feel in a 450b is from Newton's 3rd Law, not the "rocket effect" that brakes help mitigate.
I recommend Ross Schuler's SS brake as he can match it pretty close to the barrel for about $50.00. He will include an SS thread protector in the deal if you ask for one.

Here's how mine turned out:

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Your other upgrades sound like icing on the cake. I love the Boyd's Thumbhole Varminter laminated stock. Many of my bolt actions wear one.

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EDIT: Looks like I doubled with Al
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Re: Muzzle Brake worth it?

Postby jphillips0422 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:38 am

Al - Unfortunately, the barrel is not threaded, so that adds some extra cost.

Hoot - thank you for the insight on the recoil and information about Ross Schuler. I'll have to take a deeper look at them. I went with the Prairie Hunter in Pepper and added the some checkering and the Kick-Eez recoil pad. This will be my first Boyds.
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Re: Muzzle Brake worth it?

Postby Hoot » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:43 pm

jphillips0422 wrote:Al - Unfortunately, the barrel is not threaded, so that adds some extra cost.

Hoot - thank you for the insight on the recoil and information about Ross Schuler. I'll have to take a deeper look at them. I went with the Prairie Hunter in Pepper and added the some checkering and the Kick-Eez recoil pad. This will be my first Boyds.


The barrel in the picture wasn't threaded either. I set it to Ross. He threaded it, made and matched up the brake and shipped it back for a hundred bucks including the knurled thread protector. He's quite a humble, good guy. Very down to earth on his pricing.

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Re: Muzzle Brake worth it?

Postby Buckeye45 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:55 pm

You could alway Mag-na-port it. Probably cost less in long run.
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Re: Muzzle Brake worth it?

Postby jphillips0422 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:27 am

Hopefully the pictures come through. Stock before photo and after photo with updgrades. I decided to wait on the muzzle break, but added the timney trigger. After zeroing scope my first 3 measured .68 center-to-center using factory Hornady Black ammunition at a 100yards. Didn't have time to shot much else. I'm certain that can shrink with a little practice and concentration.

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Re: Muzzle Brake worth it?

Postby jphillips0422 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:33 am

I guess I don't know how the Tinypic upload feature in the forum works. But if you left click on the pictures and select open in new tab you can see the full picture
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Re: Muzzle Brake worth it?

Postby Al in Mi » Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:23 am

Nice, that Boyds stock need much work to fit?
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Re: Muzzle Brake worth it?

Postby jphillips0422 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:07 am

The Boyd’s stock fit really well. Just some general cleaning of their milling areas with an exact-o knife and a small bit of sanding to insure the barrel would remain free floated after it heated up (but probably not needed)
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