I'm currently working on Mini Ti Beast brakes in 7/16x28, 1/2x28, and 9/16x24. I'm only going to do 4 ports. These will be 2.5" long and weigh about 1.0 to 1.1oz. I'm also going to make some Baby Ti Beast II brakes in 7/16x28. These will be .735" OD with caps that taper to .560" to match Kimber barrels. As a note : The Kimber barrel walls are extremely thin and because of that I wasn't going to do self timed 7/16x28 brakes. It's rather easy to distort the barrel with over tightening a brake. I decided to do it with a recommendation to use Loctite rather than wrenching the brake hard to time it. I would put a drop of blue Loctite inside the brake threads. The reason why I recommend adding it inside the threads rather than on the barrel threads is to keep it from being pushed back against the barrel shoulder and potentially seizing the cap against the barrel shoulder or having the Loctite leak into the cap threads and seize it on the brake. The caps are smooth so there isn't a way to get it back off if this happens.
I've been working hard on getting all my testing barrels and brakes set up recently. I have about 20 test brakes to see if I can come up with a more effective port design before launching the nitrided brakes. I'm also going to test where the caliber drop off point is. I have brakes opened to .30, .338, .375, .416, and .458 to be tested on a 300wm. I will also do a similar test on a 6.5PRC at a later date. In addition I will do a 1 port, 2 port, 3 port, 4 port, and 5 port comparison. I have several new brakes from my competitors and I will do a massive comparison test between all my brakes and all of the brakes I have from my competitors. I intend to test a 6.5PRC, 7RM, 28 Nosler, 300wm, 300PRC, .30 Nosler, 338 Lapua, and a .45 caliber smokeless muzzleloader. I will also do a test with all of those calibers combined with a 243 Win, 6.5CM, and 308 Win so people can see what a larger magnum with a brake recoils like. Once all of that is done I'll work on the Cheytac brake testing and then release of the Cheytac brakes.
Currently the only brake I'm out of is a 5 port 3/4x24 Big Beast II. Once I'm done with the titanium Mini and Baby Ti II brakes I'll make more of those. I should have them back in stock sometime next week.
I've been down and out for a week now and I found out yesterday that I have pneumonia . As soon as I'm back to functional I'll do my best to get caught up on orders. Sorry for the delay in shipping.
As per usual my production schedule has changed a bit. I'm making Beast II 4 and 5 port 2 piece self timed brakes in 1/2x28 at the moment. I will also make some 5 port Beast brakes in 1/2x28 while I'm doing these since I've been asked about them forever. I'll do the caps for these with just a minimum edge brake (around 1.005") and with a .930-.935" taper. Either can be tapered as far as .750". I have to do a few other brakes for normal stock items after these and then I'll work on more of the big brakes.
In no particular order I'm going to make the following brakes in Feb:
Big Ti Beast II (5/8x24 and 3/4x24)
Super Ti Beast II (5/8x24 and possibly 3/4x24)
Jumbo Beast III (3/4x24, 7/8x20, 7/8x24, and 1x14)
Super Beast XL III (3/4x24 and 7/8x20)
Super Ti Beast XL III (7/8x20 for sure and might do some 3/4x24)
I might do some Mini Ti Beast as well. I have to make some normal Mini Beast for stock and I'm already set up to run the smaller threads.
In March I will finally work on the nitrided brakes.
I have another brake design in the works that will check off a ton of boxes for just about everyone except the ultra light and cheap crowds (all though a titanium version would get the weight down fairly light). It will be exceptionally hard to machine but the performance should crush anything out there including my Beast brakes. I can't give a ETA on these until I get further along in development.
I had a issue with some emails coming through when I was in Maryland around the 7-9th. If I didn't respond I'm sorry. If you want to resend the email I will respond to it. I had numerous emails show up after the fact and I think I answered all of them.
I started making more Super Beast brakes last week and will stay on those through next week or when I get them all finished. My goal is to do the 2 piece 1.260" 5 ports and some 1.350" 6 port 2 piece brakes for the Cheytac based cases. The 5 ports are .010" over most 1.25" barrels to allow for a edge break at the back of the cap. Without it the edge would be razor sharp. The 1.350" is the largest finish size I want do for a brake that long with 1 3/8" material. It also allows me to make the baffles larger for better performance on the Cheytac sized cases.
I had to hop off my previous production schedule to work on some stock items so I didn't get to work on the Big Ti Beast II brakes. They are still on the agenda but I'm not sure when or what order I will do them in now.
I make so many different brakes now that it's hard to predict how things will sell and when I need to make more. I've had what would normally be 3+ months of stock sell out in a few days to a couple weeks. That is why my production schedule is constantly changing. I intend to make Mini Ti Beast, Ti Beast CF II, Jumbo Beast, Super Ti Beast, and the nitrided 2 piece brakes coming up.
I will be out of town on a family vacation November 17th until November 25th and to take my kids hunting December 7th to December 12th.
I will have more 5/8x24 Big Beast II 5 ports in stock today. I changed the brake OD threads and cap ID threads to make the caps thicker and allow for them to be taper to a much smaller diameter then before. The 5/8x24 version can be tapered to as small as .820". I have, or will have after today, all the brakes I currently make in stock.
I do have 3, 4, and 5 port Baby Ti Beast brakes in 1/2x28 and 5/8x24 in stock. I will probably have the same in 9/16x24 today or tomorrow. This is a new item and the 5/8x24 brakes weight 1.1oz, 1.2oz, and 1.4oz for the 3, 4, and 5 ports respectively. The 1/2x28 versions weigh 1.2oz, 1.4oz, and 1.6oz.
I will start on the Big Ti Beast II brakes in the next couple days and finish them when I get home from vacation on the 25th. Titanium weighs about 55% of stainless so that will give a rough idea of what the finished brake will weigh based on my published Big Beast II brake weights. I will most likely do only 4 and 5 ports in 5/8x24 and 3/4x24. I have more request for 4 ports then I sell 3 ports with the Big Beast II brakes and I sell very few M18x1 Big Beast II brakes so I probably wont make those in the titanium version. As long as I don't run out of any other stocked items I will work on the Super Beast II brakes after the Big Ti Beast II brakes are done. These will be 1.26" or larger so the cap can have a slight edge break down to 1.25". After that I will do some Super Ti Beast II brakes. I only have a few bars of titanium for the Super Ti brakes so I will most likely make them all 2 piece brakes. After that I intend to do the Jumbo Beast, Mini Ti Beast and the nitrided brakes. The nitrided brakes will have threaded top holes and I intend to test numerous port designs before I do them. I want the best performing brake possible before they are released and because I'm going to take the slope of the ports out, due to the top holes, I want to fully test multiple new port designs. I will also do a tuner brake based on this design when it is finalized.
I will be in the woods elk hunting from September 29th until about October 5th or 6th. I will try to come out to answer emails about mid way through the week and might come out more than once. We will be 6.5-7 miles back in with no cell reception.
I've been working on some Baby Ti Beast brakes and will have some finished in a week or so. I'm doing 3, 4 and 5 ports in 1/2x28, 9/16x24, and 5/8x24. These are just slightly larger then the Proof carbon barreled Savage ultralight barrels (.750" versus .745"). I'll post up the weights when I get them done but I expect them to be roughly 55% of the weight of the stainless brakes as that is what titanium weighs compared to 416 stainless. These will all be max port brakes so they can only be tapered. I will do some Mini Ti Beast brakes in a while for smaller diameter barrels.
I just got a 1" x 14tpi thread gauge in to make Jumbo Beast brakes. I will also do 3/4x24 and 7/8x20. Most likely I'll just do self timed brakes initially.
I now have every brake I make in stock. I just got more max port Lil Beast 5 ports in 9/16x24 and 1/2x28 done yesterday. I've also made some (.935) Ti Beast CF 4 ports in 11/16x24. I've had quite a few people building muzzleloaders request them recently so I ran some when I did a run of the Ti Beast CF brakes.
For the next few days I'm working on finishing up my new test sled. It's a shorter, lighter, and more modular design. The shorter sled will allow for more travel and the lighter weight will allow for better resolution, ie more separation in the brakes. The modularity will allow me to use the same action with numerous barrel and bolt combinations to cover all .473" bolt face calibers (6.5CM, .308, etc) to .588" (338 Lapua) calibers.
I'm going to work on more Mini Beast brakes after that to boost stock up. When I run the 7/16x28 for the Kimbers I'm going to pre-taper most of them to .561". The Kimber barrels seem to be running .560-.561". I'm also going to do 4 port Mini Ti Beast at the same time in 7/16x28, 1/2x28. and 9/16x24. When the diameter gets this small the brake loses quite a bit of effectiveness and even a caliber like a 6.5CM will benefit from a 4 port. That is the reason why I'm only going to do 4 ports. I expect the non tapered brakes to end up about 1.2-1.3oz and the pre-tapered Kimber brakes to be around 1oz.
The next things on the agenda are Baby Beast stock, Baby Ti Beast, Big Ti Beast II, Super Duper Beast and Super Duper Beast II (1.350"), Super Duper Ti Beast, Jumbo Beast (1.475"), and the nitrided Beast II and Big Beast II brakes (which might have a different name as they will have some different features). The production of these will not necessarily be in this order. I have to chamber my 375 Cheytac Imp and build a action block for my sled in order to test the Super Duper and Jumbo Beast brakes before release.
I took the Cerakoting option off my pricing info. I have a few Beast II 3 ports in 6.5mm and Beast II 5 ports in .30 already Cerakoted in stock. After that I'm out of Cerakoted brakes unless I can find someone else to do them that is closer to me and cheaper then the one option I found.
I'm currently still working on stock brake supplies. I'm only out of max port Lil Beast 5 ports in 9/16x24 at the moment but I'm running low on a few other normally stocked brakes. Because of that I'll be working on building up supply of those for the next little bit. After that I'll work on the Mini and Baby Ti Beast and the bigger 6 port Super Duper Beast (1.350") and Super Duper Ti Beast. If I have time to build a test gun I will work on the Jumbo Beast. I've been holding off on the nitrided brakes until I get to test some new designs tested on my new sled. I hope to start on them next month.
I'm sorry I haven't been available for the last several days. I was getting so far behind on ship out times I had to do something to make more time. When you work from 9am to 1am most days I either have to cut down on time with my kids or emails and I won't take time from my kids. I had more brakes ordered in 2 days then I normally have ordered in 2 weeks and I was getting my normal orders numbers on top of that so it didn't give me time to catch up. I committed to making some custom titanium brakes for rifles being made for Donald Trump Jr, which bogged me down even more.
I also got great news from my Cerakote guy (that was sarcastic). He took a new day job making a bunch more money so he doesn't want to do my brakes any longer. On top of that he screwed up several in the last batch. I've been scrambling around trying to find another Cerakoter to at least get my current orders dealt with. The new guy wants more than double what I was paying before if I take him less than 20 brakes at a time and he is 3 times further away from me. All this means I will probably discontinue offering coated brakes and try to work on getting the nitrided 2 piece brakes done.
In addition to that fun I sent a spindle recording from my Doosan turning center to Doosan and found out I need new spindle bearings. Nothing like finding out you need to spend 5 figures to get a machine repaired.
I'll have some of the Lil Beast 2 port 5/8x24 brakes done in the next couple days. I'm waiting on a new brake for my turning center, which I'm supposed to get tomorrow. Hopefully I can get it back together tomorrow and dialed in. Then I can get back making the titanium brakes and Lil Beast brakes I'm out of or almost out of. I'm currently out of 5 port 1.01" 3/4x24 Ti Beast and 9/16x24 max port Lil Beast 5 ports.
I'm on vacation with my family from 3/18 to 3/25 and won't be shipping brakes during that time but I will still answer emails and take orders.
I have some of the Beast CF II self timed 2 piece brakes done now. I'll get pictures up most likely tomorrow. I have caps tapered to .750" and to .930". The brakes are the same .935" OD as the Beast CF 1 piece brakes. These have the same port size as the Beast 1 piece brakes, which is smaller than the Beast II brakes.
Coming up I'm working on some 2 port Lil Beast brakes at the request of a good customer of mine and 5 port 3/4x24 Ti Beast. I've been out of the 5 port 3/4x24 Ti Beast for a while and need to get them back in stock. After that I will tear the brake down on my lathe to replace some seals and bearings and then I will most likely work on the Cheytac brakes.
I have the 3 port 1.25" 3/4x24 Super Beast brakes in stock now as well.
I've had tons of requests for a 2 piece self timed brake that can be tapered down to to the .745" of the Savage Proof barreled rifles or the .750" of the Bergara rifles. So I started prototyping a absolute minimum diameter self timed brake. It will be the same diameter as my Beast CF (.935" OD). In order to get it to taper down that small I had to add .030 to the back of the cap. It's now .130" thick instead of .100". These will have the same ports as the Beast CF or Beast 1 piece brakes, which are slightly smaller then the Beast II brakes. When I run the caps I will run a .750" tapered cap and one with just a minimal edge brake so it will still work on a 24" or longer Proof Sendero contour barrel. The caps with just a edge brake can be tapered at 45 degrees to any diameter larger than .750".
I did order some smaller diameter titanium to make some .800" Super Baby Ti Beast and possibly some Baby Ti Beast. I also bought some .750" titanium to make some Mini Ti Beast. Most likely these will only be 4 ports. The 7/16x28 will be pre-tapered to .560" for the Kimbers and the 1/2x28 will be untapered. I have a bunch of other stuff to get to first so these won't happen until at least April.
I finally got the 5 port 3/4x24 1.25" Super Beast brakes done. I'll try to get some of the 3 ports done today as well.
I've had a bunch of request for phone calls lately. The reason I don't do phone calls is I work a ton of hours already and phone calls would bog me down another hour or more a day. Right now I'm getting 50 or more emails a day and spend about 2 hours or more responding to emails. If I were to take phone calls it would easily be double that. I'm a 1 man shop and I can't talk on the phone and run machines . My shop is way too loud for that. My typical days start at 9am after I drop my kids off at school and it generally goes to at least 11pm with many nights going well past midnight. Also many people want to order over the phone and I'm not set up to do that.
Just a update on production: I should have the 3 and 5 port 3/4x24 Super Beast back in stock by the weekend. The blanks are made and I will start crowning them either later today or tomorrow. I was hoping to keep on the Super beast brakes but I'm getting low on 5 port Beast CF 5's so I'm switching over to run those for a bit.
I've updated the pictures of the 2 piece Beast II brakes and have shown the hex caps I'm currently working on. Some people have had issues with keeping the brakes tight so I decided to mill some flats in some of the caps . That will allow people to tighten the brakes more so they done get loose.
I had a collet issue and had to order a replacement to do the Super Beast brakes from the 1.375" material. As soon as I get done doing the 2 piece caps I'm working on now I'll set up to run the Super Beast. That will probably be Thursday. Most likely I'll run the 2 piece while I'm doing the 1 piece and since I bought some 1.375" titanium I might do it at the same time.
I will be gone from the shop for a few days starting tomorrow. I have a uncle that died from Covid and I'm going to attend his funeral.
On to the brighter side of things... I'm almost caught up to the 8th on orders. I have a few stragglers that will be done today and I'm going to try and get that up to at least the 10th before I leave.
I now have 4 port 9/16x28 and M14x1 Beast brakes (1.01") in stock. I should have 4 port Super Baby Beast done in M14x1 done today as well. I already have the 9/16x28 Super Baby beast done. I also have Beast II 4 port 2 piece brakes done in 11/16x24. I have them drilled .279 and .456". The .456 is for the Bushmaster and muzzleloader crowd primarily. Probably the next new brake will be the left hand thread M14x1 Super Baby Beast 4 ports. I will start on the Super Beast 3 and 5 port 3/4x24 later today if I get the things done for my neighbor that I need to before I leave. I can't finish them until I get home. I'm waiting on some longer endmills to do the ports. I'll have them back in stock this next week though. I'm going to try and do the 1.365 Benchrest brakes in 1"x24 threads as well. These will be 5 port 90 degree brakes to fit into benchrest rules but they will be a baffled design rather than drilled holes. Beyond that I will be working on stock for the 3/4x24 5 port Ti Beast that I'm currently out of and some cool guy stuff that I'll announce when I get closer to having them done. It looks like I'm going to have time for the Jumbo Beast 1.450" Cheytac brakes next month. That is if this prototyping goes well later this month, which it should.
I tested positive for Covid last Friday. I'm starting to feel a bit better but still lack energy and my sense of taste and smell is still whacked. I also forgot to mention that I have the 5/8x24 and 3/4x20 Big Beast brakes done.
I've been pretty sick now for most of the last week and therefore orders haven't really shipped and email responses have been delayed. I'm sorry I'm so far behind at the moment. I took a Covid test this morning and I'm feeling slightly better today but I haven't been able to sleep much and my energy level is pretty low. My joints have ached pretty bad and I haven't been able to sleep more than about 3 hours at a time. Just today I've lost most of my sense of taste and smell so I've pretty sure I'll test positive for Covid. For all orders I ship out for the next week or so I'll wear gloves and a mask plus wipe the brakes down prior to packaging. I haven't shipped any brakes out since last week.
I haven't been on here for a bit. I've been swamped and hunting as much as possible which has put me behind on orders a good deal. I should get caught back up this week.
For production....I started running out of some of my most popular brakes and have had to work on those the last months or so. I have made 5 port Big Beast blanks in 3/4x20 drilled with a .456 drill for the CVA Paramount . They will still need to be bored to the correct diameter for clearance on either a bullet or a loading funnel. I also made some 5 port 5/8x24 Big Beast brake blanks. I will probably have the brakes made in the next couple days but I only have the caps with holes that are .760" at the moment so the barrel diameter would have to be at least .820" or more until I get the smaller caps made, which will be a couple weeks. Next up on the agenda will be 4 port 11/16x24 Beast 2 piece brakes. I'll drill half of them for 450 Bushmaster and half so they can be used on smaller calibers. A few companies have started using 11/16x24 threads on rifles so I'm going to make a few to cover those needs. If the sales justify it I will possibly add 3 and 5 ports down the road. I also plan to add 9/16x28 and M14x1 to the Beast brake line up. I will probably only do 4 ports initially for both thread sizes with the possibility of 3 and 5 ports down the road.
Hopefully near the end of the week I will get to the 1.375" material size. That will be the 1.25" Super Beast 3 and 5 ports in 3/4x24 that I'm currently out of. It will also be the 1.36" 90 degree benchrest brakes and 2 piece Super Beast brakes. I'm not sure what diameter the Super Beast 2 piece brakes will be. It depends on if I build them the same way the current 2 piece brakes are built or if I build them with wrench flats on the caps.
I'm slowly starting to get caught up from a overwhelming July. July was my busiest month ever by 20-30% and it's usually my slowest month. If I missed your email or if it took me a while to respond I apologize. I was getting over 100 emails a day for several weeks in a row. I have a guy helping me again part time to help do production work that I haven't had time for. We have done some 9/16x28 and M14x1 4 port Super Baby Beast blanks and I will probably do a few left hand M14x1 blanks too. I should have some finished next week. I'm only going to do the 4 ports at this time. If the demand is there over time I'll add 3 and 5 ports. Here is what I have on the to be built list coming up. The order they are listed isn't necessarily the order they will be build.
Ti Big Beast 2 piece 3/4x24 3 and 5 ports
1.360" 5 port 90 degree port benchrest brakes in 7/8x20 or 7/8x24 threads
Jumbo Beast 6 port 1 and 2 piece 3/4x24, 7/8x20, and 7/8x24
Beast 4 ports in 9/16x28 and M14x1
Nitrided chromoly 3, 4, and 5 port 2 piece brakes in 5/8x24, 11/16x24, M18x1, and 3/4x24. Most likely these will have hex caps and threaded top holes since I've had a lot of inquiries about making such a brake. I have some new port designs to test first before I'll do these.
1.25"+ Super Beast brakes. I might do 2 piece brakes as well.
Finish all the 90 degree port brakes that I have blanks made for.
I might do some 5 port Beast 1/2x28 and Big Beast 5/8x24 brakes as well.
I have a few of the Super Baby Beast 2 piece brakes done. I have caps that are tapered to .750" and .650". The .750 caps are mostly for AR15's with .740/.750" barrels. The .650" are a max taper to cover Remington's threaded 1/2x28 and the Browning's with M13x.75 and M13x1.25". The Browning's are around .610 at the muzzle but I can't taper them quite that much due to the ID thread size on the caps. If I have time I will turn a piece to .610 and thread it for a Browning so you can see what it looks like. BTW I will have these in 3, 4, and 5 port in 1/2x28, 3 and 5 ports in M13x.75 and M13x1.25 and should have a few of all of them by tomorrow.
I will be gone Wed. from about noon on and will gone Friday from about noon on through the weekend and maybe Monday to sit on my bear bait for the last few days of the bear season.
I will work on some Super Baby Beast 9/16x28 brakes and some Beast 9/16x28 brakes once I get these Super Baby Beast 2 piece done. I'm also going to work on some 90 degree port 1.250 and 1.350" brakes for the benchrest crowd. After that I will throttle back on production for the month of July to get some gun builds done for friends and myself for the upcoming hunting season as well as finish my shopping cart.
I have a bear bait up and will be gone the next couple weekends and some days mid week. The season is over June 30th so I'm trying to hit it hard over the next couple weeks.
The Cerakote guy I've used for over 3 years is now too busy bluing to Cerakote so I've had to scramble around this month to find a replacement. One I tried didn't impress me. I'm on the second guy and have seen a bunch of his work that looks good so hopefully moving forward things will be back to normal. I'm sorry for those that have got caught up in the middle of this fiasco. I'm suppose to pick up a huge batch of brakes tonight and will ship them tomorrow.
I have the 3, 4, and 5 port 1/2x28 2 piece blanks crowned and will work on the M13x.75 3 and 5 port crowning today as well as start on the M13x1.25 2 piece blanks. I will have some finished next week. I got my other mill fixed so things should speed up on the new stuff going forward.
On another note ....I'm waiting on a few more brakes to come in before doing a bunch of testing. I will have a Christensen, APS Painkiller, Terminator T-3 and T-4, JE Custom Assassin, a couple Northwest Precision brakes, Fat Bastard, Little Bastard, 5 port Muscle brake, and Precision Armament Hypertap in addition to mine. I have several new brakes that I haven't previously tested as well. The primary calibers I'll focus on will be the 6.5PRC, 300PRC, 28 Nosler and .30 Nosler but I will do others as time permits as well. I will also do some muzzleloader testing with a PVA Shockwave and LR Custom brakes on a Remington 700UML and a custom .45. I'm also rebuilding my sled to lighten it. Currently my sled weighs close to 19lbs without a gun and I'm going to get rid of the stock so I don't need all the heavy brackets to hold a full gun. I think I can drop over 10lbs off the weight of the whole sled/rifle combo. I can also make the sled shorter that way which will results in more sled travel. Lightening the whole thing will allow for better resolution and spread out the brakes a bit. I will test some new designs as well as a bore size versus performance test to try and see where the performance drops off as the bore gets bigger. And finally I want to do a test with a .223, .243wim, 6.5 Creedmoor and .308win without brakes to several magnums with brakes so people have a direct comparison of what the recoil of their rifle will be like with one of my brakes installed.
The next step for testing going forward will be pistol brakes. I will make a pistol specific sled for Glocks in 9mm, 10mm, and .45ACP. I'm still 5-6 weeks out on getting my 37/64x28 (.578x28) thread gauge. That means it will be late summer or early fall before those are ready.
I got my M13x1.25 thread gauge in early so I'll run some 2 piece brakes in this run I'm working on right now. I also got a big shipment of stainless bars. That means I can run more brakes in this run. Right now I'm working on 3 port 1/2x28 2 piece Super Baby Beast brakes. I'll run the 1/2x28 out and then switch to the M13x1.25 and M13x.75. I'm also going to do some 2 port .223 and 9mm pistol brakes in 1/2x28. I might do some 9/16x24 .40/10mm and .578x28 .45 cal self timed 2 port pistol brakes as well but not right away. For the M13x.75 and M13x1.25 brakes I will only run a small number of 3 ports and a larger number of 5 ports. I'll taper the caps as much as I can, which should be around .670". The ID threads are 11/16 and the back of the caps are only .080" thick so I can't get crazy with the tapers.
The last month or so has been quite weird with the Covid-19 lock down. I got personally threatened with violence because of a math error on a customers part over 7.00. The same person threatened to sue me because it took a week for his money to get back to him, it was cash, and didn't want to pay return shipping because it took me a couple days to ship it even though there was a weekend in there. I've had several people get pissed at me because I wouldn't make them custom brakes, unbelievably I probably even lost a dealer because I told him I wouldn't make a couple custom titanium brakes, and another customer that loved the recoil reduction of the brake on several different rifles but didn't like shooting his gun without hearing protection. DO NOT shoot a gun with a brake on it without hearing protection I don't care who's brake it is. Even guns without brakes are loud enough to cause hearing damage. I'm generally a very easy person to deal with and try to be overly fair to people. Please treat me the same way.
So people understand what it takes to make a one off brake from scratch here you go.......Oh and changing the material it's made from doesn't mean it's the same programming. It actually changes all the speeds and feeds and even sometimes the tooling that is used. First it takes about an hour to hand write a lathe program to make the threaded blanks. Then it usually takes a half hour to fine tune the program. That includes the OD measurement, edge breaks, and threads. Luckily I don't usually have to change the tools in my machines and have to touch all the tools off to zero them but I might have to change a collett and spindle liners for different material sizes. Then I have to make a arbor to crown the brake if it's a new thread size. I also have to have a thread gauge for the new thread size which can take 4-6 weeks to get sometimes and run 250.00 or more. I crown brakes in one of my mills off of a arbor. So once the arbor is made I have to dial in the arbor to get the lowest runout possible, usually well under .001". At this point I'm 2 1/2 to 3 hours into it. Then I have to set up the mill to engrave the brake. As long as it's a brake diameter and name I've already done then this is fairly quick, usually under 1/2 hour. The final step is to set up the port milling fixture and dial it in. Then you run the port program. If this is all new and I have to write all new programs for everything the first brakes could take 5-6 hours or more. Modifying existing programs can speed it up by a few hours but those programs have to get changed back afterwards too. In reality you have to make 3 or so to make sure you have 1 good one survive through the whole process. Most people don't want to pay 600.00 plus for a custom brake. Actually I've never met anyone that wanted to pay time and materials to make a custom brake. A totally new design would require new fixtures as well as the programming and run time to make said fixtures. It could be a couple days to do it all. Now you understand why I don't make custom one off brakes for everyone that comes knocking and try to do runs of at least 25 parts. Most of the time I do 50+ parts on my small runs and try to do 100+ on my more popular brakes to justify the set up time. Even if the programs are written, arbors are made, and I have all the fixtures it will take 1.5 to 2 hours or more to set up all the machines and make the first brake in a run.
I listen to feedback and judge from that what new brakes I want to make. So if you want to see something new let me know.
I wrote the lathe program to start machining the 1/2x28 Super Baby Beast self timed brakes. I have to order a couple bigger drills for the Jumbo Beast so I'm pushing them back a bit. I've had a lot of requests for the Browning M13x.75 brakes lately and since M13 is only .011" larger than 1/2x28 I'll make a few 5 port M13x.75 self timed brakes as well. I'm only doing 5 ports since most of the request have been for bigger magnums. Someone really needs to slap Browning upside the head when it comes to barrel threading. They didn't even give one customer the correct muzzle thread size when he called in with his serial number. They make a M13x1.25 as well but I don't have a thread gauge to make those. I will probably order one but it's a month or more to get a thread gauge.
Also I checked into the cost and time to get a 37/64x28 thread gauge (same as .578x28). Those are commonly used on .45 cal pistol barrels. I would consider ordering the gauge and making them if there is a demand. Give me some feedback if your interested in a pistol brake with this thread size. I have thread gauges for the other common 1/2x28 and 9/16x24 thread sizes used on 9mm and 40 pistol barrels. I'd probably do a compact 2 port self timed brake if I went down this road.
No it's not Aprils Fools I have all the different versions of the Lil Ti Beast brakes in stock. 3, 4, and 5 ports in 1/2x28, 9/16x24, and 5/8x24. The 3 ports are 1.6oz, the 4 ports are 1.9oz, and 2.3oz for the 5 ports. I will have some 5 port 5/8x24 Lil Ti Beast in a bit smaller size as well. They will probably be .840" and I'll only have a handful of them.
I've finished machining all the 3 and 4 port 1/2x28 and 9/16x24 Lil Ti Beast brakes now in addition to the 5 port 1/2x28, 9/16x24, and 5/8x24 I had already done. I will have all the 1/2x28 and 9/16x24 5 ports totally finished today or tomorrow. By the first part of next week I should have the 3 and 4 port 5/8x24 in stock as well.
The 3 ports weigh 1.6oz and the 4 ports weigh 1.9oz
I was sick for close to 3 weeks not long after my last post so I'm just now finishing up the Lil Ti Beast brakes. I still don't have all the 5/8x24 blanks finished but I did have 15 5 ports done before I got sick and those are completely machined and ready to go. They are .860" OD and the same 3.11" long. They weigh 2.3oz compared to the .875" Lil Beast that weighs 4.2oz. These can be turned down as small as .800" but like the other titanium brakes I only taper them. Today I will try to have at least a few of every version I have blanks for in stock. That would be 3, 4, and 5 ports in 9/16x24 and 1/2x28 in addition to the 5 port 5/8x24 brakes that are totally done. I plan to start making more of the 5/8x24 blanks tomorrow and should have the 3 and 4 ports totally finished by early next week at the latest.
I'll update the Lil Ti Beast info, weights etc, and put up pictures in the next day or two. They are all .860" OD and 2.22", 2.67", and 3.11" long like the other 3, 4, and 5 port Beast series brakes.
I'm out of the 1.01" 3 port Ti Beast brakes in 5/8x24. I ordered in some extra 1" titanium to make more but in .990" this time like the 2 piece brakes. I can do more of the 1.01" if there is a demand for them but the .990" covers even the shortest Proof carbon barrels.
I've started into the Lil Ti Beast. I have enough material to do about 330 parts and it looks like I'll end up with about 100-105 3 and 4 ports and 120 5 ports. I'm doing roughly 25% 1/2x28, 25% 9/16X24, and 50% 5/8X24. I will be done with the 1/2x28 blanks tonight and should be done with the 9/16x24 tomorrow or Thursday. I'm hoping to have some completed by the end of the week but it may be the start of next week. I had to make the OD .860" to make sure it cleaned up the whole OD. I'll post weights when I have them.
Next up is the nitrided chromoly self timed brakes. It will probably be 3-4 weeks before they are done due to the nitriding. I might sneak some 2 piece 1/2x28 Super Baby Beast 2 piece brakes in before the Jumbo Beast but that depends on the weather. If the weather is good coming up I might do the Jumbo Beast first so I can get the testing done.
I now have the M18x1 3 and 5 port Big Beast brakes in stock. I also have the 4 port 9/16x24 Mini Beast brakes in stock. I posted this in the previous post but I have the 2 piece Ti Beast 3, 4, and 5 port brakes done.
Right now I'm running 9/16x24 Lil Beast blanks. When I finish those I will do the 9/16x24 90 degree blanks (which should be done tomorrow). After that I'm doing the Lil Beast and 90 degree 1/2x28 blanks. That will be the first part of next week. By mid next week I'll start on the Lil Ti Beast brakes. I will try to have some of those completed within a few days of starting. Some time in the following week (2/17-2/21) I will start on the chromoly nitrided 2 piece brakes. I'm pushing the Jumbo Beast brakes back a bit in hopes the weather will warm up and dry up since I will need to test them before releasing them.
I finally have some 3, 4, and 5 port 2 piece Ti Beast brakes done. They are .990" OD and weight the same as the 1.01" 1 piece Ti Beast. 2.5oz for 3 ports, 2.7oz for 4 ports, and 3oz for 5 ports. I also have caps with a taper to roughly .940", to accommodate the 24" and shorter Proof Sendero barrels, and one with just a edge break for the shorter barrels. I also have some of the 3 and 5 port 3/4x24 Big Beast 2 piece brakes done. I will do the M18x1 Big Beast 2 piece brakes in a few days as well.
Next up is some Lil Beast stainless brakes to replenish stock and then the Lil Ti Beast brakes. I will probably have the Lil Ti Beast in hand in about 2 weeks. I'm going to try and squeak in some 4 port 9/16x24 Mini Beast brakes over the next few weeks as well. After that I will work on the Jumbo Beast brakes. Once all that is done I'll work on the 90 degree brakes and the nitrided chromoly 2 piece brakes.
I had to take a few days off of production to catch up on orders last week. That put me behind on the Big Beast. I started on the 2 piece Ti Beast brakes and crowned some of them already while my machine was set up for crowning. That means the Big Beast will get pushed back a bit and the 2 piece Ti Beast will get pushed up a bit. I'm going to try and have a few of the 2 piece Ti Beast brakes done by the end of the week and I might have some of the Big Beast brakes done by then as well. I'll be out elk hunting Tuesday afternoon through Wed.
I'm working my butt off to get parts done and should have the 2 piece Big Beast on the shelf by the first part of next week. Those are 3 and 5 ports in 3/4x24 and M18x1. They are 1.1" OD and .050" longer than the Beast brakes. I was going to do the Lil Ti Beast first but I think I'll run the Ti Beast 2 piece brakes first. I'll start running the blanks in the turning center on Thursday after I finish the caps for the Big Beast brakes. I might have some of those finished by the end of next week but the start of the following week (1/20) would probably be a safer bet. Right after that will be the Lil Ti Beast followed by the Jumbo Beast. Once those are all done I will work on the chromoly nitrided brakes. They will take quite a while to get done because I have to ship them off for nitriding but I'm hoping for the end of Feb. to early March for completion. After that I will work on the 2 piece 1/2x28 brakes, some 90 degree port brakes, radial ported brakes, and some 2 port pistol /small caliber brakes. I've been asked to look at making shotgun brakes as well so I'll entertain that idea later in the spring time.
Once I'm into the chromoly brakes I'm going to slow down a bit on production to work on fluting, bolt handle threading, firing pin bushing, and a few other things I'm going to be doing over the next year or so.
I've recently made some Mini Beast 9/16x24 blanks. I probably won't finish them for 2-3 weeks but they are coming. I'll start on the 3/4x24 and M18x1 Big Beast 2 piece brakes today or tomorrow. I'm only making 3 and 5 ports. I've been out of stock on these for a long time and will make more in nitrided chromoly brakes in Feb./March as well. As soon as these are done in the turning center I'm going to work on the 2 piece titanium brakes.
January will be primarily focused on the 2 piece Ti Beast, Lil Ti Beast, and Jumbo Beast brakes. I have to work some other items in there as well but those are the items I'll focus on. Feb. will be mostly Chromoly brakes that will be nitrided. I'm going to try and finish the Baby Slab Beast too. These are only 4 ports and they are .975" wide by .750" tall. If I had to guess their performance will be similar to the Super Baby Beast 5 ports. They are 1/2x28 and 9/16x24.
I've had a bunch of people ask me to call them lately. Here is how my days go and why I don't put my phone number out there. I'm usually up at 7-7:30am and help get my kids out the door to school before 9am. Then I usually spend 30 minutes to 2 hours dealing with emails. After that I'm running 3 CNC machines for 12+ hours. Then I try to answer emails again at night. Sometimes I try to do emails in the afternoon as well. So if I have to stop and talk to everyone for 10-15 minutes on top of that I'd either have to run machines less or work more hours (which isn't going to happen). Not to mention trying to talk to people on the phone while machines are running in the background is nearly impossible. I'm just starting into my busiest time of year which makes it even harder.
Right now I'm trying to get a years worth of brakes in stock so I can work on some new projects. Now that I have 3 machines I can get a lot more done in a given amount of time. Currently I have somewhere around 2000 brakes in stock and I'm trying to get that up near 4000 so that I can start doing fluting and several other projects I've been wanting to do for a year plus. I'm hoping to start working on the Lil Ti Beast next week. Probably the week after Christmas I will work on the Jumbo Beast. Those are big Cheytac brakes (1.475"+). I'm going to do some that are 1 piece and some that are 2 piece. All of these will be 7/8x20 threads since that appears to be the most common thread size. I will test these and do videos proving they will reduce more recoil then a T-5 Terminator before I release them. After that I will be on the 2 piece titanium brakes. Some time in January I will be on the nitrided 2 piece brakes.
Several people have called my attention to post on Facebook and certain websites in addition to emails sent to them by Jeff Brozovich (the owner of the longrangeonly.com website) trying to smear my products. Here is the reality.....I know of about 8 brake failures in the last 4 years I've been making Beast brakes that weren't user caused (like baffle strikes from improper installation). There might be some failures I've never heard about but most people, like myself, tend to reach out to the manufacturer if they experience a failure they feel is premature. 4-5 of those came from one batch of Super Beast brakes that were made 3+ years ago before I started doing all my brakes in house. I replaced or refunded all of them and stopped selling that whole run a brakes. I also replaced all of the other failures including one Beast brake that had 1200+ rounds from a 338 Edge. Since that time the Super Beast have been redesigned and the baffles have been thickened over 150%. I've sold over 7000 brakes in that time. If you discount that one bad batch of brakes my failure rate is about .05% or 1/20th of 1%. I'm sure there are many manufacturers that would love to have a failure rate that small and I highly doubt there is any other muzzle brake manufacturer out there that has a failure rate any better then that. He has also called into question the materials I use and my machining. I use 416 stainless that is hardened to 28-32Rc and grade 5 titanium. If I thought any of my materials used were causing failures I would find a different material or run the Rockwell up to strengthen them. With such a low failure rate I don't see the need to do so and that is why I haven't done it. I stand behind my products and always will. Don't let the haters make your decisions for you. Watch my YouTube videos. They prove the performance of my brakes against the best on the market. They best part of it all is they are a fraction of the cost of the others.
I just ordered some 1 1/2" material to make some larger 375 Cheytac brakes. I've had numerous request to do some and to do 2 piece brakes because the market is lacking good/effective 2 piece brakes. I'm only going to do 7/8x20 threads at this time since it seems to be the most common thread size. They will will be more effective then the T-5 Terminator brake or I won't release them. Just like my other brakes I will run them on my test sled so everyone can see the results. If I didn't think I could make a better product for cheaper I wouldn't go down this road but as I've proven with my other brakes this is something I can do and have been asked to do numerous times. I will try to keep the OD as large as I can to cover as many barrel diameters as I can. On the 2 piece brakes I will make 2 different caps. One will be smooth like my normal 2 piece brakes and the other will be a hex cap that will only work on barrels under 1.350".
Probably next week I'll start on the smaller Lil Ti Beast brakes. These will be .860-.865" OD. I will make them in 3, 4, and 5 ports just like my other brakes and will make a limited amount of 1/2x28 and 9/16x24 in addition to 5/8x24. I will get into the 2 piece titanium brakes either the end of the month or the first part of January.
Beyond that will be the 2 piece nitrided Beast and Big Beast brakes.
We have several versions of 1 and 2 piece Beast series brakes as well as some of our older 4 port brakes.
Here is a list of what muzzle brakes we plan to add to production this year.
Here are all of our testing videos. It has all of our muzzle brakes along with several of my top competitors.
This is everything else we do or have in the works
I got started making my own muzzle brakes and building my own guns in 1992 when I bought my first lathe and a buddy bought a manual mill. Since that time I have done a few other jobs and had a couple other businesses. Just prior to doing muzzle brakes full time I built the first commercially available twin turbo kit for Duramax diesel pick ups in 2005 as well as kits for Dodge Cummins trucks. I also made many high HP triple turbo kits for several Duramax trucks making 1500+ HP. I started making and selling muzzle brakes while I was still doing diesel work. Guns has always been my passion so I gave up on the diesel performance world to push the envelope on muzzle brake performance.
I got started having others making brakes for me. I got tired of relying on others and missed deadlines so now most everything in made in house in a Haas CNC mill. Before long we will have a CNC turning center to share the load. My mill has a 4th axis and in the next couple weeks I will offer bolt fluting followed by barrel fluting and bolt handle threading.
Check back in the next few weeks and I'll run a month long special for bolt fluting. Most likely it will start Feb. 1st but it might be sooner then that. Initially I will set up for Remington 700's, Tikka T-3's, and possibly Savages.
My goal is to make the most effective muzzle brakes on the market at the best possible prices. I will always try to maintain stock of the brakes I carry. Now that most everything is done in house this goal is within reach. As you can see from my testing videos making the most effective brake on the market has been accomplished. Unlike some, I will keep testing and playing with designs to make them even better in the future. I've never been one to settle for second best.
I intend to add as many gun/reloading/shooting products and services as I can cram in my schedule. I'm always open to suggestions so drop me a line if there is something you would like to see made or made better.
I love hunting and I spend as much time as humanly possible hunting. I've built my own rifles since 1992 and have been into long range hunting and building wildcat cartridges for most of that time. The long range part started with rock chucks and later transitioned into big game. Back in the beginning we started with military Zeiss optical rangefinders (they were much harder to pack around then todays lazer rangefinders). I also like to dirt bike ride mountains trails, camp, back pack, and most water sports.
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