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What does your process involve when it comes to threading?

  • Firstly, we'll find a pilot bushing that fits the lands within 0.0001" of an inch. Yes, this is the correct amount of zeros. We'll then indicate true to the bore using an indicating rod within 0.0001" concentricity in our lathe chuck. Next, we'll turn the outside diameter to the major dimension of the threads, cut a thread relief forward of the shoulder, and turn the threads. Lastly, when we cut new threads, we also recut the crown. The crown is where the bore meets the muzzle face. This is an extremely important feature as it's the last thing the bullet touches on its way out. From the factory, this feature is generally poorly done for cost saving reasons. Simply re-cutting the crown can improve accuracy drastically.

What's the difference between a radial ported brake and a timed brake?

  • Although both styles of brake reduce recoil and assist with accuracy, there are a few differences between the two.
  • A radial ported brake has ports in a radial pattern and will direct the gases in 360 degrees around the muzzle. Radial ported brakes are very efficient and can be blended to the barrel contour for a seamless appearance without the requirement of being timed to a specific position. One caveat being that when fired from the prone position where the muzzle is close to the ground, the gasses directed downward will blow debris up in the air.
  • A timed brake has ports intended to be clocked, or in this case, timed to the 3 and 9 o'clock position to exhaust the gasses directly to the sides. This timing requirement adds a few more steps in our process, and in turn, increases the labor cost. Although some timed brakes can be blended, most are at a fixed diameter that can't be altered without diminishing the efficiency of the brake. This means that some brakes will appear bulbous at the end of the barrel. We soften this appearance with a nice taper.