If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to upgrade your 6.5 Creedmoor AR-10, you can try installing a muzzle brake to reduce recoil and improve shooting performance.
As the name suggests, a muzzle brake is designed to be attached to the end of your AR-10’s barrel at the muzzle by being threaded on. Assuming that the brake is high quality and that it’s been properly installed, the muzzle brake will directly reduce felt recoil, which will enable you to fire faster and more accurate follow up shots.
If you’re looking for a muzzle brake for your 6.5 Creedmoor rifle or carbine, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to cover our choices for the top three best 6.5 Creedmoor muzzle brakes on the market today and why we think they’re great, and we’re also going to cover the merits of the 6.5 Creedmoor as a round, the pros and cons of muzzle brakes and how they compare to other muzzle devices, and the top qualities and features to look for in one.
Let’s get started!
Best Overall Pick: Vais 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brake
You’ll notice more recoil reduction with the Vais 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brake than any of the other muzzle brakes on this list, although you’ll have to pay a premium price for it.
Best Budget Pick: VG6 Precision Gamma 65 Muzzle Brake
The VG6 Precision Gamma 65 Muzzle Brake offers overall good recoil reduction for the price, and the fact that it’s technically a muzzle brake and compensator combination is also a major plus.
Best Value Pick: Precision Armament M11 Severe Duty Muzzle Brake
The Precision Armament M11 Severe Duty Muzzle Brake is a precisely machined stainless steel muzzle brake that represents a solid option for a muzzle brake on your 6.5 Creedmoor rifle.
What Makes The 6.5 Creedmoor A Good Round?
The 6.5 Creedmoor is a relatively recent round that’s known for high energy retention, excellent accuracy at long ranges, and flat trajectory. It’s not only becoming increasingly popular with competition shooters, it’s also gained a following among hunters due to the fact that it can be easily used on big game such as deer, pronghorn, wild boar, bear, and elk.
The 6.5 Creedmoor is officially known as the 6.5mm Creedmoor. It was designed by Hornady back in 2007 as an adjusted version of the .30 TC round, which itself was based off of the .308 Winchester.
Designed primarily for long range shooting, the 6.5 Creedmoor was also always intended to accomplish many tasks: to be supersonic out to twelve hundred yards, be inexpensive to produce, be easy to hand load, and also create less felt recoil than comparable rounds such as the .308 Winchester.
Indeed, the 6.5 does kick your shoulder a little bit less than other short action rounds like the .308, but who says you can’t reduce the recoil even further?
If you agree that reducing the recoil further would be preferable, then you should invest in a muzzle brake.
Why Do You Need A Muzzle Brake For Your 6.5 Creedmoor AR-10?
A lot of people think that muzzle brakes are just ‘cool looking’ and install them on their AR-10s and other kinds of rifles for that reason alone. But in reality, there are several more good reasons to have a muzzle brake on your 6.5 Creedmoor rifle that go beyond the cool factor.
In order to understand why you may need a muzzle brake, you first need to understand how recoil works out of a rifle in the first place.
When you squeeze the trigger of your rifle far enough to shoot it, the firing pin compresses and strikes the primer, which ignites the gunpowder. This creates a little explosion within the shell casing, and the expanding gases that are created out of that explosion propel the bullet forward down the barrel.
It’s a well-known scientific law that for every action, here is an equal opposite reaction. Firearm recoil is no exception. The explosion that causes the gases to propel the bullet forward also creates a reaction in the opposite direction (known as recoil) to effectively cause the rifle to ‘kick’ the shooter’s shoulder.
So, based on this understanding, how can you reduce recoil? Simple: by releasing the compressed gas that causes the bullet to be propelled forward in a different manner so as to dampen recoil. Some guns are ‘ported,’ which means that holes (AKA ‘ports’) have been cut into the barrel in order to divert the released gases either upward or sideways, thereby meaning that less gas will be used to cause the rifle to kick back into your shoulder.
This is also essentially how muzzle brakes work. The muzzle brake will need to be screwed onto the end of your gun’s muzzle, thereby becoming a part of the gun’s design. The muzzle brake will then divert the released gases from the shell casing perpendicularly to the barrel. Speaking of barrel make sure to read our buying guide on Creedmoor barrels.
The result is less felt recoil, and depending on the specific muzzle brake that you can get, it’s perfectly possible to reduce felt recoil by up to fifty percent, which is pretty cool (especially if you’re a smaller statured person or have a bad shoulder form a previous injury). Certain bigger caliber rifles would actually nearly be unshootable without some form of a muzzle brake.
By the way, do you have enough magazines? Make sure you stock up before they are sold out again and read our article on 6.5 Creedmoor magazines.
Muzzle Brake Pros and Cons
As with just about any other gun customization out there, adding a muzzle brake to your 6.5 Creedmoor AR-10 is going to come with pros and cons:
Pro: It Really Reduces Recoil
A muzzle brake really will reduce recoil dramatically, and potentially up to fifty percent. This is very beneficial for if you have an injured shoulder, for smaller statured individuals, if you need to fire fast and accurate follow up shots, and just overall more pleasant shooting.
Con: It’s Loud
Everything comes with a tradeoff, right? While a muzzle brake will indeed reduce recoil drastically, it will also make your 6.5 Creedmoor significantly louder. This is because then the propellant has been vented, it increases the volume of the bullet as it leaves the gun. You should already be wearing protective hearing when firing a gun anyway, but if you have a muzzle brake hearing protection becomes extra important.
Con: It Kicks Up Dust and Dirt
You should also be aware that a muzzle brake can cause dust and dirt to kick up around the muzzle area around each shot. This is because air is sent through the holes of the muzzle brake, which will force the elements in the immediate vicinity to be kicked around. Not only should you take good care of your ears, you’ll also want to take good care of your eyes.
Muzzle Brakes vs. Compensators and Flash Hiders
A muzzle brake is often confused for flash hiders and compensators. While flash hiders and compensators are both installed on the end of a muzzle like the muzzle brake is, they are still three significantly different devices.
Let’s dive into each of these in greater depth:
As we discussed previously, the primary purpose of a muzzle brake is to reduce felt recoil by redirecting gases created by the bullet being propelled forward out the sides of the muzzle. The muzzle brake is a good device to install if you want to just make your rifle kick your shoulder less or gain better control over it, especially when it comes to shooting follow up shots.
However, take note that a muzzle brake will not reduce muzzle flash (contrary to what many people think), and it also will make your rifle significantly noisier. It can also kick up dirt and dust in the immediate vicinity of the muzzle.
A compensator is designed to reduce muzzle flip. Think of it this way: the muzzle brake reduces the kick back, and the compensator reduces the kick upwards.
What’s interesting is that there are numerous muzzle brake and compensator combo devices that consist of both devices in one (but are still just called ‘muzzle brakes’). In fact, a couple of the muzzle brakes that we will be discussing later in this article are actually muzzle brake and compensator combos.
As with a muzzle brake, a compensator also does not reduce flash and makes the gun considerably louder when it is fired.
A flash hider is designed to limit muzzle flash when the weapon is fired. This is an ideal feature to have for night time shooting, since a bright muzzle flash can temporarily blind or disorient your eyes for several seconds before they readjust.
A flash hider will not reduce recoil or muzzle flip, nor will it help out with accuracy in any way. For daytime shooting, a flash hider is not a necessary feature.
Buyer’s Guide To Finding The Best 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brakes
These are the most important factors to consider when looking for a new muzzle brake for your 6.5 Creedmoor rifle:
Most muzzle brakes are built out of steel, which will ensure that your brake lasts just as long as the rifle itself. But not only do you want a steel muzzle brake, you also want a brake that will be rust and corrosion resistant and that is also fully resistant to heat so you can shoot for extended periods. An example of a specific steel that can do all of these things is stainless steel.
A high quality muzzle brake will fit well with most 6.5 Creedmoor rifles, and also should not require the aid of a gunsmith to install.
Last but not least, the hallmark of a high quality muzzle brake (aside from durable construction) is proper design. This means that the holes need to be placed on the muzzle brake in a way to allow the gas to be expelled from the end of the barrel but without blowing back towards your face).
A good muzzle brake should instead redirect the gas either from the side or the top of the brake, thus preventing it from blowing back towards the shooter.
If you are looking on buying guides for other 6.5 Creedmoor parts, click here for our bolt carrier group round-up.
The Top 3 Best 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brakes For 2020
Now that we’ve covered what you need to look for in a muzzle brake for your 6.5 Creedmoor rifle, here are our top three picks for the best such muzzle brakes on the market today:
VG6 Precision Gamma 65 Muzzle Brake
The VG6 Precision Gamma 65 Muzzle Brake is actually not just a muzzle brake, but rather a combination between a muzzle brake and a compensator together, meaning that both muzzle flip and felt recoil will be reduced out of your 6.5 Creedmoor rifle, and both of these things together will cause you to greatly improve with faster follow up shots.
The VG6 is built out of stainless steel, which is very durable and naturally rust and corrosion resistant for steel. You also have your choice between black nitride and bead blasting for the finish, both of which improve the rust and corrosion resistance properties of the device. The VG6 Precision Gamma also sells with a crush washer, although some users report having issues with theirs so you may need to buy one separately.
Even though the 6.5 Creedmoor round may already have a reputation for delivering lesser recoil than comparable calibers such as the .308 Winchester, the VG6 Precision Gamma will reduce that recoil even further. For the price it’s offered at, it’s hard to argue against it.
Overall, the VG6 is a solid choice for a muzzle brake and compensator combo. It’s built out of durable and corrosion resistant materials and will work to reduce both the recoil and the muzzle flip of your rifle at the same time.
- Creates good recoil reduction with less rearward kickback
- Affordable option
- Hybrid between compensator and muzzle brake, so muzzle flip is reduced as well
- Rust resistant and durable stainless steel construction
- Your choice of bead blasting or black nitride for the finish
- Has crush washer issues
Precision Armament M11 Severe Duty Muzzle Brake
The Precision Armament M11 Severe Duty Muzzle Brake is designed to reduce recoil out of your 6.5 Creedmoor rifle while also keeping dust signature to a minimum. This is a muzzle brake that is designed primarily for tactical use, and as such it works by redirecting gas created by the bullet fired to the side and then upward in order to reduce recoil.
This system is unique because it both reduce felt recoil (or the kick delivered square into your shoulder) and muzzle flip at once, in a similar fashion to the VG6 Precision Gamma that we just looked at previously.
The brake of the M11 is built with high tolerance class 3 threads, which are machined the same way as the bore aperture, to ensure that everything syncs together perfectly. The entire device is built out of a 400-series stainless steel and is built to be both rust and corrosion resistance.
The M11 is also available in both white and black finishes and comes with wrench flats on the bottom and the top to ensure that installation is easy. Just also take note that the M11 ships without crush washers, so you will need to purchase those separately.
Overall, the Precision Armament M11 Severe Duty Muzzle Brake is a solid option for reducing felt recoil and muzzle flip out of your 6.5 Creedmoor rifle. This is a solidly built muzzle brake that is also very user friendly and simple to install.
- Very durable
- Primarily designed for tactical use
- Installation is easy and user friendly
- Reduce both recoil and muzzle flip
- Threads are machined the same way as the bore aperture
- Built out of 400 series stainless steel
- Very heat and corrosion resistant
- Available in white or black finishes
- Comes without crush washers
Vais 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brake
The Vais 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brake utilizes a system of holes (called expansion chambers) that disperse gas along the side of the brake in order to limit muzzle rise and recoil, while also not allowing an increase in the muzzle blast.
These expansion chambers are both perpendicular and horizontal in their design, but they all lead to the centerline of the bore, so the gas is dispersed equally across all side.
The Vais is built out of stainless steel, which is very durable, along with either a parkerized finish or a matte finishing job. Between the two, parkerized combined with the stainless steel construction together makes for an excellent combination for keeping rust and corrosion at bay.
The Vais 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brake may be the most expensive option on this list, but there’s also good reason for it. This is one of the most solid, rust resistant, and effective muzzle brakes that you can buy today.
Overall, the Vais 6.5 Creedmoor Muzzle Brake represents a premium choice for a 6.5 Creedmoor muzzle brake. It’s durable, solid, and will reduce the recoil more than any of the muzzle brakes in this list.
- Offers considerable recoil reduction
- Very durable
- Reduce both recoil and muzzle rise
- Expansion chambers do an excellent job of redirecting gas to reduce felt recoil and muzzle rise
- Built out of stainless steel
- Matte or parkerized finishing options available
- Very rust and corrosion resistant
- Expensive for a muzzle brake
A high quality muzzle brake can be one of the fastest things that you can do to quickly reduce the recoil out of your 6.5 Creedmoor rifle so you can improve shooting performance. Any of the muzzle brakes that we have covered here today will be a solid option for you.
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