Present, from me to me

muzzle brake

Present, from me to me

A quick review of Terminator TT muzzle brake for Tikka T3 CTR…

I’ve been eyeing this muzzle brake for a while. I’ve finally decided to pull the trigger, so to speak and part with some hard earned, to support our neighbours. T3 Terminator muzzle break from Terminator Products.

Installation

This specific muzzle brake is machined for Tikka T3 CTR in .308, so no gunsmith required, always a bonus, although from price point of view it’s about the same.

muzzle brake

I had to cut wooden lips to get the rifle clamped and steady in my vice, while I tightened the locking nut. About time I made some anyway.

muzzle brake

Getting brake alignment perfect!

muzzle brake

…and we are done. Yep, it was that easy. I used a couple of small spirit levels to get the correct alignment and electrical tape (you can see it at the bottom of the photo) to wrap around the barrel, brake and the locking nut, to avoid scratching it with the wrench.

Quick observation

One thing I did notice, is that even though it is machined to fit a .308 Tikka CTR, after installation, there’s a very small, perhaps 3mm, gap between the locking nut and the start of the threaded section on the barrel. Makes no difference what so ever, but I thought I’d call this out just as well.

muzzle brake

Review

I did make time to put few rounds through it and see how it handles. I know this rifle very well, so any changes in recoil or movement would be noticed. It’s alway a tense feeling, shooting after modifications or your own reloads… Just how it is. But it all went well and I am very happy with it. I’ve put 50 rounds through it – I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised with a pretty big reduction in recoil, as advertised. And it looks very good too.

In general, Tikka T3 CTR .308, with a heavy barrel is not the most comfortable rifle to carry around the hills in the high country. I ended up ‘assigning’ this fun blaster to be a dedicated range/target rifle. Which then prompted this customisation. Now that the brake is out of the way, next stop is to find an after-market stock that satisfies all my requirements. I’d like something tactical and cool looking (yes, tactool and cool – tactcoocool!), heavy and without barrel shroud (I hear the tacticool crowd gasp). I just don’t like the fact that I would need to remove parts (shroud) of the rifle, to clean and oil the barrel. It’s annoying and adds nothing but wasted time, also I just don’t like the look and feel of them, anyway…

At this stage, I am thinking that MDT chassis is almost what I want and I may end up with one, but for now I am waiting for our local gun show. I want to see if there’s anything else, similar, preferably Australian owned; and to have an opportunity to handle a few of them, to see how they feel.

 

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