Originally Posted by natman
Barrel length? The barrel is 22" long, wihich is about 49 yards too short to make a muzzle brake tolerable.
I can't imagine that the recoil from a heavy barrel 308 is so punishing that it requires a muzzle brake. The 10 FCP McMillan weighs a whopping 10 lbs!
With optic nightforce nxs 3.5-15 f1 full mag its lighter than a 16" remington 700 xcr compact tactical empty with no optic....
I put together a savage 10 fcp-sr for the wife. Sit behind it with the surefire brake and its almost pleasent without hearing protection. Sit one body width left or right and your fillings are popping out along with your eyeballs.
I've got the same brake on my bcm carbine 16" 556 and its bone shattering in concussion. That extra barrel length makes a huge difference.
Muzzle brakes don't jet the blast 180 degrees rearward its more like pie with a wedge cut out and how far the shooter is from the brake how the brake is designed determines whether your in the blast zone or not.
Not all brakes are the same. Its a huge reason I like the surefires they are a very good design. You want some concussive pain try a scar17 with that shtty pws brake they insist on shipping them with...
I know what I'm talking about with these devices and firearms.