Jarrett Signature Rifle Review Part III: Give Me A Brake!

_by David E. Petzal

For Part I, click here
For Part II, click here_
Oddly, one of the most striking features of the Jarrett Signature is the muzzle brake. Kenny's recommendation is that any rifle he builds of .30 or above should come with a brake and I see his point. I've shot a good many guns with muzzle brakes, and while they all work, this one is uncanny. There is almost no recoil. John Blauvelt shot the rifle and could not get over it. We guessed that with the brake in place this .300 Win Mag kicked about like an 8-pound .243. To an experienced shooter, who knows what to expect from the .300 Win Mag, it is unsettling.

However, the lack of kick, combined with the very light trigger, helps immeasurably when you want to shoot precisely. Because there's no need to take a death grip on the rifle, you use the lightest of holds, touch the trigger, and off she goes. The noise, of course, is frightful since you can't argue with the laws of physics (well, you can, but you'll lose) and you have to wear shooting glasses and headphones.

If you don't want to use the brake, unscrew it and screw on the attractive cap that takes its place. The kick is nothing an experienced shooter will give a second thought to. Accuracy, however, is not as good because the rifle is tuned with the brake in place. The groups I got averaged .960, which is still good enough for 90 percent of all hunting.

Yes, it's a lot of money, and yes, you can get a rifle for one tenth of the price that will kill all the game you want, but the fact remains that the Signature, in terms of pure accuracy, has no competitors that I know of. There may be something out there of similar configuration and caliber that will shoot this well, but I don't know about it. And there is sure as hell nothing that shoots better.