Originally Posted by blucher
You said; "so I would recommend a good muzzle break and a great recoil pad to ease some of that force."
Great advice, my gun buddy already suggested a "Limbsaver" but if you know better I'm all ears.
I'm mostly a handgunner but I recently filled the gap of long gun in my inventory with a Browning in .338 Mag. I'm murky on the differences between "porting", muzzle break" and "flash suppressor"?
Blucher - Sorry, I missed this post the first time around. Looks like it's only been a couple of days so hopefully you will be back.
Pachymer Decelerator or the Limbsaver are both great recoil pads. I love the Decelerator and have them on all my boltguns. Very dense poly-something-or other. Tames recoil nicely. Plus they make patterns for just about every rifle out there.
Okay, onto the definitions:
- This is a process handgunners use to reduce muzzle flip. You drill, or mill, offset holes or slots along the top of the barrel to vent the gas up and out, forcing the barrel of the pistol back down for follow up shots. It's done on shotguns as well, but we don't do it in bolt guns. I honestly don't know why, but it probably has to do with the effectiveness of a muzzle break and the fact that it does not affect accuracy by cutting into the lands and grooves at the end of the barrel.
- This is a process of taming the "flash" of the fired round by masking it behind more of a verticle "wall" at the end of the barrel. Down range, there isn't the noticable flame coming out from the barrel, which keeps you from being directly shot back at.
- This is usually a thread on piece at the end of the barrel. When the round leaves the rifling in the barrel, the muzzle break allows the built up gas behind the round to vented, usually, out and away from the shooting, but in such a way that the gas actually eases the felt recoil of the shooter. The venting gas is redirected from right in front of the barrel, so the back pressure is lessened. We have experimented with lots of styles of muzzle breaks, but Brett finally decided to just make his own, and if I remember right, we puts angles of like 21 or 22 degrees in them and that seems to work really well. I have Brett's muzzle breaks on all my bolt guns and it helps tame excessive recoil down to managable amounts. He is designing one special for my new 7mm mag project that will allow the gas to be vented out and up, so when I am laying prone, in the grass, and sniping Space Zombies, they won't be able to see my dust signature.