So, I went to my first 1000 yard practice session with my new rifle Sturday May 1st. Rifle shoots good with the exeption of the Fox Rover muzzel brake I had installed by Krieger. This brake is an untimed brake and is ported 360 degrees around the entire brake.
Well, I knew early in the morning when I was verifying my zero @ 100 before the practice session, that I was going to be in trouble the rest of the day.
In the prone position (rifle barrel close to ground) this brake threw back mangled bermuda grass, dirt, and small gravel into my face. It also fouled the lens of my scope with dirt and dust. I mean to tell ya', this damn brake was diging a small trench under the muzzel near 3" deep and 5" wide every 3 rounds.
Anyhow, I figured in for a penny in for a pound. So my rifle and I went to the 1000 yard range with the NCPPRC club. First I pulled targets in the pits for about 2 hours for the first shooting group. Good stuff to become familar with as I will have to start doing this on a fairly regular basis.
Then it was my groups time to go to the fireing lines and shoot.
The 200, 300, 500, and 600 yard fireing lines were good as I was able to hang the muzzel of my rifle over the berms when shooting. The pea gravel at these lines flying back at me and the shooters on either side of me was minimal to none and I didn't have to reposition my rifle and bipod very much.
Then came the 800 yard line. This is where the Fox River muzzel brake showed it's evil side. The 800 yard fireing line is relatively flat and there was little to no berm to hang the end of my barrel over. First shot, the stinging sensation of little pea gravels pelting my face, the scope lens nearly totally opaque from the dust covering it, having to reposition the rifle, and the shooters on both sides of me exclaiming they were being showered with gravel. I was going to pull off and quit, but the guys on both sides of me said don't quit and to go on. So I did. Brushed off the scope lens with the scope brush/cleaner and took a second shot. Same as first with gravel pelting me in the face and showering everywhere.
At this time I called the R.O. and indicated I was done. Went to clean the lens of my scope before I put the rifle away and there was a micro chip in the lens from the gravel being blasted back.
This type of brake, although a good one ,is for hunting only in a standing position.
A brake must be used for this caliber and disiplin of prone shooting but it must be of a design that is timed and ported at the 3 o clock positions only. (horizontal)
And I should have went with my initial gut instinct and pulled off the 800 yard line after the first shot. I may not have trashed the lens of my scope.
I have a proper brake coming from Elite Iron, their "Max" model muzzel brake. I'll time the threads of the brake myself as I have access to my friends machine shop, I'll parkerize it to match barrel finish, and Premier Reticles will have my scope in a couple of days to repair it.
That all being said, I still had one of the best times ever shooting with the guys from NCPPRC and will be back out there as soon as I correct and repair my rig.