Muzzle Brakes?

The muzzle brake I have on the Savage 11/111 has not been tested yet, with the muzzle brake on, because – with a hunting jacket and the state of the art recoil pad on it – tames the rifle recoil enough for me. Rest assured… I will test it. But the noise (Decibel) level from the rearward gas that comes out of the brake requires the use of hearing protection else damage to your hearing is inevitable. Muzzle Brakes cost $300 or more to install. Hearing aids for hearing loss can cost up to $4000.

I have never owned a rifle with a muzzle brake due to the noise factor alone. Maybe the Savage Brake will change my mind. The value of the brake on the Savage is that with a twist it is turned on or off. On a cold deer stand day the use of ear muffs can be warm ears. A nice thing. If you plan to use the brake while hunting with others near you. I don’t recommend it. You may lose your friends in a hurry.

On the other more positive hand, if on a deer stand alone, it can be a large recoil reducing aid, if you are wearing ear protection and help you make that shot of a lifetime. It is up to you. Be safe out there…

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About Ed Hale

I am an avid hunter with rifle and Bow and have been hunting for more than 50 years. I have taken big game such as whitetail deer, red deer, elk, Moose and African Plains game
such as Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Blesbok, and Impala and wrote an ebook entitled African Safari -Rifle and Bow and Arrow on how to prepare for a first safari. Ed is a serious cartridge reloader and ballistics student. He has earned two degrees in science and has written hundreds of outdoor article on hunting with both bow and rifle.