Clamp-on muzzle brake?

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  1. Jun 18, 2017 #1
    daved20319

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    I have a Remington 700 SPS Tactical with the 20" heavy barrel, un-threaded. It's a really accurate rifle, but I'm sensitive to recoil, so it's been up for sale/trade for awhile. Guess I'm asking too much, it's gotten just about zero interest.

    Anyway, I took it along to the range today, still just as accurate as the last time I shot it, and I'm still just as uncomfortable with its recoil, 20 rounds was as much as I could handle, and I was struggling not to flinch on the last few. I'd be happy to keep it, if I could just tame the recoil.

    So awhile back, I came across Witt Machine and their very reasonably priced clamp on brakes. They claim a near 60% decrease in recoil, and a similar decrease in muzzle rise. So now I've finally gotten to the reason for this post, has anyone tried one of these, and did it work as advertised? Also, how fussy do I need to be measuring my barrel? Mine has a radius on the end, makes it difficult getting a reliable, repeatable measurement. Thanks in advance, guys.

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    Why not just thread the barrel? Most gunsmiths should do it for around 100 bucks.

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    You've got to be precise for it to work properly. Guy above has the best idea. Get it threaded as it'll be cheaper in the long run.
     
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    I've got a Witt Machine brake on my Savage, seems to work well. Installed by PO.
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    The Witt Machine brake is $89, by the time I have the barrel threaded and then buy a brake, I'm looking at more like double that amount. If I KNEW, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that a brake would bring the recoil down to a level that was comfortable for ME, I'd be more inclined to go that route. But I can't seem to sell this thing as is, if I spend the money and I still don't like shooting it, it's just more expense I can't recover. I want to keep my experiment cost as low as possible, if it doesn't work, I'd rather lose $90 vs. $200. Later.

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    How about some details, ZMan, i.e. caliber, apparent recoil reduction, how precise did the measurements have to be? Looks like you've had that one for awhile. Oh, and what is a PO? Later, and thanks.

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    Previous Owner (PO) put it on, so not sure what he had to do but the Witt website walks you through the steps of taking measurements.

    Clamp On Muzzle Brake Clamp-On Muzzle Brake [MB1] - $89.00 : Witt Machine

    This is on a .308 Savage Axis with glass-filled forend. I'm a relatively light guy (168#) and had shot a .280 Rem single-shot before so was a little afraid of the .308 recoil but it is not fatiguing at all and doesn't make me fear pulling the trigger. Can't say what it was before, but much better than my break-action H&R .280 rifle with no brake, and much less than my 12ga.

    Just my experience with Witt. I'd have preferred threaded but so far so good.

    What's the caliber of your Rem 700?
     
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    Thanks for the feedback, Zman. Mine is also a .308, with the 20" heavy barrel. Like I said, I certainly can't complain about the accuracy, with Remington 150 gr. factory ammo, it'll do 1/2" at 100 yards, if I do my part. I'd love to hand-load for it, but unless I can get the recoil down, it's just not worth the time and effort. I'd be better off selling/trading it off on something I would actually enjoy shooting, but like I said, that attempt has gotten just about zero interest. Maybe my price is too high, or maybe it's just that this is enough of a niche rifle that my market is very small. Whatever, I'm not dropping my price, so I'm looking for alternatives. Later.

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    I hear ya man. I've had a 2000 4Runner Sport for sale for about 3 months now. Until someone comes close to my asking price, it can just sit.
     
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    Have you tried shooting the 110 grain bullets? There is a noticeable difference when shooting my M77. Has more the feel of a .243 .
     

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