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Scrypt

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Howdy
 I intend to purchase a 10mm primary for taking hog and as a defensive sidearm when walking with my bolt guns.

It seems most people are using 6" barrels; some with, some without brakes, but I haven't found any data as to their efficacy within any given parameters.

I originally sought a 6" barrel w/ brake shooting full power loads and I've set my eye on a few different firearms. One most certainly has brakes on the market, the other two would probably require gun-smithing, of which, one would seem to lend itself more readily; if I had by druthers, I'd opt for 1 of the latter, so adding a brake becomes a bit of a chore.

There are other options: 5" with bushing-brake for example, but I'm almost certain the loss in velocity would by far negate the benefits of a brake, plus I'm skeptical about their functionality.

As such, I must determine if there is truly a need..

Would a brake be of use when shooting low powered factory ammo? @ 5"? @6"?
If not, at what point through full-powered into hot loads would they offer their benefits? @ 5"? @6"?
Are there any negative sides to putting a break on a pistol?
What kind of optics are y'all using?

Honestly right now, I'm leaning toward just going 6" w/o a brake

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Re: ? load data, barrel length, muzzle brakes, and optics for hunting
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2016, 03:39:33 AM »
The negative is weight.  On a rifle the few added ounces aren't a big deal against a 7+ lb gun.  Same goes for a race gun that is carried in a case.  But for a gun that I would be packing around all day in the hills, I would save the weight.

I would go 6" no break.  If you gotta have some gas powered compensation, look for a Glock 20C.

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Re: ? load data, barrel length, muzzle brakes, and optics for hunting
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2016, 05:50:48 PM »
Scrypt, Welcome to the forum!  Many of the 10mm firearms with good ammunition can be effective beyond 100 yards.  I used to be able to consistently hit a 4" target at 130 yards with my S&W 1006 5" with the adjustable sights.  I was younger had eyes like an egale and much stronger back then.
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Re: ? load data, barrel length, muzzle brakes, and optics for hunting
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2016, 08:39:41 PM »
Well that pretty much locks it in  :D

6", no break, iron sights

All of my pistol training is tactical .45acp 50yard and in, so I guess I'm gonna have to start marksmanship training off the bench

130 is incredible, what shooting position?!

Besides Buffalo Bore, who offers standard power loads?

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Re: ? load data, barrel length, muzzle brakes, and optics for hunting
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2016, 09:21:38 PM »
Never mind about the ammo, found the thread I was lookin for!

I never have luck with forum searching, but google pulled it up