Muzzle Brake Needed for 6.5 x 47?

Discussion in 'Big Stuff -- 6.5mm, 7mm, 30 Cal' started by Phil3, Dec 11, 2018.

  1. Phil3

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    I am building a 6.5 x 47 rifle and am wondering if a muzzle brake would noticeably help keep the rifle on target and whether the recoil is tolerable to someone (me) who is only modestly tolerant of it. I do not compete, will be shooting off a bench (maybe some prone), and the rifle will likely be 13+ lbs. Maybe recoil will be minimal with that kind of mass. ???

    My own recoil tolerance is modest. I shot a 7 lb AR-15 with 458 SoComs in it, and it killed my shoulder. I also shot a 338 Lapua Savage (w/brake), and I could handle it, but doubt I would want to shoot more than 20 at a time. A lightish 308 hunting rifle kicked more than I wanted (was shooting 168s). A 13 lb. AR-15 in 223 with light bullets was fine. A Cooper 6mm Remington was more than I liked. Yeah, call me a lightweight, but I want to enjoy shooting it and not dislike the experience. I am having a barrel chambered, so this is the time to decide on a brake or not.

    Thanks.

    Phil
     
  2. Clancy

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    A huge resounding YES from me.

    Here’s the thing. 6.5x47 won’t hurt you, but it is something you shoot a lot, and it’ll wear on you over an afternoon. You will not be able to stay on target without a brake.

    I put a Hellfire on mine and with proper form I can watch my bullet holes appear.
     
  3. savagedasher

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    Put a tuner break on it You will have the best of both
     
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  4. 22DASHER

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    If you don’t initially run a brake on it I would atleast thread it for one and put a thread protector on it. You won’t regret it. Whether it be a future muzzle brake, suppressor, etc.... it gives you options.
     
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    I’ve gotten in the habit of having both a brake and a cap fitted.

    I set my Zero Stop to go 2 MOA below zero, and I can easily remove the brake and have a less obnoxious rifle for hunting in about 30 seconds.

    Love it .
     
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    This is a fantastic round! Recoil is certainly manageable but in time you will want to spot impacts and a break will help that happen. IMO pick one you can self time and go shoot!!!!
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    I am of slight frame and happy with the recoil from my 6.5x47 11# rifle. Great round, working on a second rifle closer to 9#. Easy to load and tune. Does start to wear on my shoulder after about 50 rounds.
     
  8. Drop Port

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    If you have concerns just brake it and enjoy it. Mine is a 16# tactical / whatever with an APA little bastard brake and it is very soft to shoot and very easy to spot impacts.
     
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    I have one. Recoil is not bothersome, but in order to spot point of impact.
     
  10. Dgd6mm

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    Yes, check out MBM . Muzzle Brakes and More.
     
  11. STOMP442

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    I put a Ross Schuler 3 port on my 6mmXC just because I wanted to be able to stay on target when hunting. It literally kicks like a pellet gun there is almost no recoil at all.
     
  12. SPJ

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    Thread your barrel for a brake but please don't shoot it next to me.
    Thx in advance
     
  13. FatBoy

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    I run an APA Little Bastard on one of my 6.5x47s. Rifle is 11# with NXS F1 scope, badger rings and a bipod. Recoil is less than a 10# AR shooting 77s but it is WICKED loud. Double plug and make sure nobody is around you without some form of baffle wall.
     
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    Knowing only what you've told so far, I'd say don't put one on the rifle. It's just not needed, at 13 lbs, that gun will be a pussycat. The extra noise and muzzle blast is too high a price to pay for the small recoil reduction, IMO. And I do have a braked 6.5x47, the brake is currently sitting on a shelf.
     
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  16. Phil3

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    I am the OP and am trying to spend money wisely. An ABA brake is $160 and threading the muzzle is $125 (from my local gunsmith). That is $285, and it will be harder on my ears (and neighbors) as well. So, if the rifle is heavy, that may be enough to mitigate any recoil issues. Most of the stocks and chassis I am looking at go to great pains to cut weight, which I don't care about. It sits on a bench, and I have a wagon to get it to and from the car.
     
  17. AckleymanII

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    Gentry muzzle breaks throw a lot of the sound and concussion forward, this is why they are named the Quiet muzzle break. Gentry ports are angled forward, about 15*?

    Little Bastards are among the most effective in recoil reduction and also the very loudest I have shot.

    Every tactical muzzle break with side ports are louder than my radial brakes made by Harrells, Harrells are very effective.

    I have muzzle breaks on everything and tunner brakes put you way ahead of the accuracy game...I can't stress this enough...whole new ball game!
     
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  18. Evan

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    I dislike brakes and prefer to make the rifle heavier. No one enjoys being near a braked rifle, so don't be that guy.
     
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  19. AckleymanII

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    ear plugs and electronic ear muffs ears, with or without brakes
     
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  20. bsekf

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    I have a Harrell's on mine and like it, just a gentle push straight back.
     
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