Varmint Brake



Recoil can be a problem for everyone. Not only is it potentially painful, but it pushes you off target so you cannot see what your shot has done. Most muzzle brakes have ports all the way around the barrel and the holes are ported at 90 degrees to the barrel or even more, pushing gases and noise back at you.

The device we build is about 2” long and we can either put it on the end of your barrel or cut and crown your barrel to get any length you want. We can install these on blued or stainless steel barrels. We machine the outside diameter down to match the diameter of your barrel, so when we get done, it will look as if it is part of your barrel.

The brake we build for you has the ports on the top side of the barrel and are ported at 7 degrees forward. As you can see in the pictures, Q-Tips were placed in the ports to show the forward angle of the ports. This forward angle pushes the gases and noise up and away. Not only does this reduces recoil, but more importantly, it eliminates most muzzle jump. Without ports on the bottom, you can have the benefit of shooting your rifle off a bipod without kicking up dirt or snow.

The first time I used this type of brake was on a rifle that I built in a 6.5-06, shooting at 140 grain bullet. I shot a coyote, and it was just like watching a slow motion scene in a movie. The running coyote was approximately 200 yards away when I fired. A red spot instantly appeared on his side, and he toppled over. One of our customers told me that after we put a brake on his 300 Ultra Mag, he could watch clay pigeons break at 300 yards.

I do not know the specific percentage of recoil reduction on rifles that I have put these on. However, it will make a .300 Mag feel like a .243.

We mostly put these on for recoil control, but many prairie dog shooters benefit from our brakes, especially those who want to see the bullet hit the varmint.

Grand Forks Gunsmith