I'm just curious if anyone here owns a rifle with a muzzle brake and what your thoughts are on them. I own two rifles that have factory installed muzzle brakes, a Ruger Ranch in .450 Bushmaster and a Browning Western Hunter in .270 Win. I've never shot a .450 Bushmaster without a muzzle brake so I can't really say how much recoil it would have without it. The .270 really doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. A decent recoil pad should suffice. Ruger also makes a Number 1 in .450 Bushmaster and that too wears a muzzle brake. Now if you want a muzzle brake and are recoil sensitive sure they make sense, if you're shooting a really heavy recoiling rifle like the .338 Win Mag or a .300 Weatherby Magnum they make sense, but why would Ruger put a muzzle brake on a Number 1 in .450 Bushmaster when their Number 1 in .450 Marlin doesn't have one? For that matter I've never seen a factory .45/70 wearing one either.