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By Nick Harrison
Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, Christchurch
s the approach to hunting is forever changing in
New Zealand, so is the concept of modern day
rifles with dial-up scopes and long-range shooting.
Bigger calibres are being used to increase the distance
at which game is shot in our country. One curse of these
large calibres is the increase in recoil, which can leave the shooter in fear of
his or her rifle. Here are a few pros and cons to help you decide which will
Noise:LOUD!!! A muzzle break slightly increases the noise of a shot.
Asa result, it's highly recommended that the shooter wear ear protection.
Muzzle blast: Kicks the dust up. If you have ever hunted in snow or verydry
conditions, you will know what Imean.
Rifles don't have to be large
magnums to warrant these add-ons
Suppressors are used on everything
nowadays, and are very useful for younger shooters right up to seasoned
pros. If you've ever hunted with a dog, their ears will also appreciate it.
Bush pigs (short barrelled suppressed rifles) have become very popular for
their short, lightweight portability,and, if hunting inside realistic ranges
they are an ideal choice.
Where muzzle brakes really come into their own is on target or longer
range rifles, where decreased recoil is the main concern, and a light
recoiling rifle won't really benefit from the recoil reduction versus
be best for you
Noise Reduction: Even
though this is a very simple
concept, it really helps you shoot.Also, if you happen to have a little
trouble with your first shot, the game may still be standing there for a
second shot. Decreased recoil: This helps the shooter not to flinch and
enables them to fire a larger calibre.
Increased overall length: This makes the gun harder to carry and more
likely to catch on surrounding objects. This can be avoided by the
shortening of the barrel, depending on what cartridge you're using, as
most calibres with the word "magnum generally have a longer length for
a reason. There has been more than one disappointed customer who has
shortened a larger calibre with poor chronograph results
Weight: Even though this is only minor, on long trips every gram counts.
I've had some hunts where I feel like I made the wrong decision, Iwas
on a mid-winter tahr hunt in heavy snow and was trying to secure a bull
tahr for a friend of mine. We stalked in on the animal and approached a
spot to shoot. After the first shot, the muzzle brake flared the snow right
into the objective bell of my scope, covering the lens so that there was no
chance of a follow-up shot
Thankfully, we were on target and the bull fell, but if we had missed,
we wouldn't have got a second chance
To sum it up simply, if it's your everyday rifle for everything, and a
standard calibre, Iwould lean on the suppressor side. If it's a long-range
trophy gun where shots are limited and weight is a major concern, a
muzzle brake might be the thing for you.
Very little increase in barrel length: This makes the rifle more portable and
helps keep the weight down.
Decreased recoil Muzzle brakes decrease recoi
on a much higher level than a suppressor.
Decreased muzzle jump: Helps the
shooter stay on target and
spot his or her own hits
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