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Brake on an 18.5" long std tikka barrel good idea or bad?
Jul 21st, 2018 at 2:21pm
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I've got a tikka t3 708 18.5" barrel with gunworks spartan magnum suppressor.
This is my one & only centrefire rifle that I hunt with & just recently have started long range target shooting as well. The club shoots are usually 2 x 10 rounds to count meaning each round up to 12 shots will be fired in a row. My problem is with being suppressed the trapped smoke/vapor slowly exits the suppressor after approx 6-7 shots causing mirage etc through my sightron 4-16 scope.
So my question is:
If I was to fit a maisey quatromax muzzlebrake on my 18.5" long barrel
1 - will it be less mirage?
2 - will the scope handle the shock of brake being closer than usual?
3 - & lastly will the muzzle blast be too much for shooter due to short length?
I know they are loud, that's not a problem at club shoots everyone is wearing ear protection.
Also yes I know a lot of you are saying you don't need a brake on 708! But with long range shooting i think it's important to be able to watch your bullet impact on target. Can't do that without a brake of some sort especially with scope on high power.
Experienced answers please.
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Re: Brake on an 18.5" long std tikka barrel good idea or bad?
Reply #1 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 12:53pm
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Muzzle brakes on  rifles are a nuisance to shooters next to you on the range  , the noise can still be annoying and the blast wave of air is a real put off . One way to make yourself unpopular and maybe develop a flinch and your sight in zero will have to be changed each time you change .
It is the trapped heat from the suppressor that causes mirages .Try making or buying  a sleeve/sock to go over the suppressor to reduce the heat shimmer ,
  

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Re: Brake on an 18.5" long std tikka barrel good idea or bad?
Reply #2 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 1:40pm
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If your target shooting, brakes are frowned apon for the extra noise and concussion to those next to you AND you will loose velocity by ditching the can. Heat mirage is only a problem if your planning to unload 10 rounds in twenty seconds. You can get heat covers for a supressor if it really is a worry
  

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Re: Brake on an 18.5" long std tikka barrel good idea or bad?
Reply #3 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 1:48pm
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I have a T3 brake I use with my 16 inch barreled .375WSM.
I would not recommend it in your situation even with double plugs its quite unpleasant for the shooter. I can't imagine what it would be like for the guys either side in a firing line

No recoil though. To be fair I only use it now with a suppressor though
  

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Re: Brake on an 18.5" long std tikka barrel good idea or bad?
Reply #4 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 9:48pm
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The club I shoot at has a few muzzle braked rifles firing each meet, however I do agree they are quite disrupting & dont want to go down that track if its gonna cause unpleasant experience.
I already have a sleeve over my spartan magnum suppressor.  Might try single loading after each shot to slow down the following shots rather than emptying the 5 shot mag twice.
My rifle shoots real nice with suppressor but just concerned when summer rolls around & temperatures improve it may become a problem.
Thanks for the advice guys, I dont want my trigger time to become uncomfortable for me or others.
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Re: Brake on an 18.5" long std tikka barrel good idea or bad?
Reply #5 - Jul 26th, 2018 at 6:45pm
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The club i shoot with does not allow muzzle brakes on the mound, as they are too disruptive to others. I believe this is common elsewhere too.

Best thing to do, is wrap your suppressor with cloth tape, and slow your shooting down a bit. there is plenty of time in each shoot to get your 12 rounds to the target.
  

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