09-12-2009, 06:29 PM
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B&C 140 Class
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Join Date: Dec 2007
Michael, you are asking lots of good questions and that's what this site is about - we older and more experienced guys passing on what we have learned to young hunters just like you.
I have had lots of rifles and calibers during 50 years of hunting, and I have one rifle with a muzzle brake which is what I believe you are asking about. The brake does reduce recoil, but at a price. With most brakes, gases are released to the sides of the muzzle. This makes the gun sound MUCH louder. Even with ear protection you and anyone next to you will hear the difference. It is not pleasant. Also, the brakes make the barrel over an inch longer which could create the problem of poking the barrel into the ground or snow or catching on a tree limb that you are passing under. They add a couple of ounces of weight to your rifle as well.
To be honest, I wish I hadn't put one on my rifle.
Here is what I would recommend if recoil is bothering you: Get yourself a really good recoil pad like a Limbsaver or Kickeez. These really work well. The recoil doesn't go away, but feels more like a big push than a hard sharp poke in the shoulder. When I was your age, we didn't have such effective pads. As a matter of fact, the first 30/06 Remington Model 700 that I had came with a STEEL butt pad. Now, THAT was PAINFUL!! Good luck and great hunting!