I have had 3 rifles that had factory brakes , a Mossberg 4x4 338 win mag , the 460 wby and the Savage lrh in 338 Lapua which I think was around 9lbs . I believe the brakes on the 460 and the 338 Lapua worked . But on the 338 win mag I shot it with the brake on and off and could not tell a bit of difference .Except for what comes on Ronnie's 50's,. Factory breaks are just noise makers. If you get a noisemaker that actually has a wee bit of design in it; they make a big difference in recoil.
For the money, the SureFire procomp is hands down the winner for recoil reduction. For some bucks, the 5-star ba$tard brakes are extremely effective, as is the Terminator line from Australia.
Remember with a quality designed brake, gas flow makes a big difference. Light loads don't help.
I shoot with a broken shoulder. When I need to I just put on a Shooting jacketThey warned me. Everyone warned me. Even posts on this very forum warned me. I did it anyway, my Rem 700 TAC-21 in .338 Lapua finally saw some range time today, and my shoulder now feels like i tackled a semi..
The Rem came from the factory with an AAC 51T muzzle brake, which I'm sure did 'something', but not nearly enough. The kick on this thing was so hard I couldn't even keep my target in sight. I've been reading a lot about muzzle brakes and suppressors, but this isn't something I've ever needed on my nice, gentle creedmoor rifle..
What do you guys recommend? Upgraded brake (if so, what kind)? Suppressor? A couple months of heavy gym time?
Seriously?This is an old thread, I saw this evening. Personally, I have no argument with muzzle brakes- but I do not want to be around them when they are fired. I especially think they should be banned from ranges with any overhead cover. Exacerbating the noise to the sides seems inconsiderate to other shooters. We should not have to endure the noise at a range at which we are paying members. The concussion knocks dust, spiders and hornets loose too. YMMV