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Muzzle brake necessary on a Ruger American?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:13 pm
by Buckeye63
Im looking at getting a Ruger American Compact in 450 BM ..I'm wondering if you need to use the Muzzle brake ?

Re: Muzzle brake necessary on a Ruger American?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:36 am
by Al in Mi
LGS here sold some of the first runs of them with no brake, never heard a lot of negatives for recoil nor reports on scope eye.

I've shot my 700 without a brake with some higher end loads and wasn't bad, I'm not recoil sensitive by no means, but would've put it a bit higher than the 20ga class it's commonly referred to.

Re: Muzzle brake necessary on a Ruger American?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:57 am
by Buckeye45
In short No. Mine came without one. It is quite fine shooting this way. Either way it's loud since it's such a short barrel, although not obnoxious. The recoil pad is what makes such a difference compared to a black gun. Whindam weaponry makes a standard A2 flash hider for the 450 that I'm thinking of trying just for kicks. May cut down on the flash and rise without adding weight and length.

Re: Muzzle brake necessary on a Ruger American?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:33 am
by hgernhardtjr
Not really, though it does help with the recoil. Mine came with a muzzle thread protector in the box (along with a manual, lock, etc.) so you could remove the brake and shoot without. The brake does not use a crush washer, making it easy to change out. I don't know if that thread protector/cap normally ships or if it was just luck.

Re: Muzzle brake necessary on a Ruger American?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:25 pm
by Cypressghost
New member, I have a ranch rifle on order. Like the design. Hoping I don't need the muzzle brake, but I'm going into it with an open mind. Also hoping I can achieve the accuracy I've seen others accomplish with factory ammo.

Re: Muzzle brake necessary on a Ruger American?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:04 pm
by cwlongshot
Definitely not "REQUIRED". But will help with recoil. Personally, I am no fan of brakes that re direct sound and blast to the shooter. This one has huge ports to the sides and I wont even fire one shot thru mine... Its coming off before even getting shot.

There are other brakes out there is a brake is needed. But give it a try, its not a horrendous kicker by any means. if you can shoot a '06 you can shoot a 450 bolt.

Good luck,
CW

Re: Muzzle brake necessary on a Ruger American?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:38 pm
by Cypressghost
Finally got mine last week. Have ran a box of the Hornady ftx through it so far. I put a Leupold 1-4X on it and so far I'm loving life. Now that it's sighted in I'm going to remove the brake and try it.

Re: Muzzle brake necessary on a Ruger American?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:33 pm
by Jezzer
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I'm making my own 450BM muzzle brake. I chose to use Titanium and at only 57g's (2 Oz's) I'm pleased so far. Waiting on the barrel so the thread can then be cut.

Re: Muzzle brake necessary on a Ruger American?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:01 am
by Al in Mi
quality work right there!!! Nice job.