I want to remove the muzzle brake on my rifle, to reduce the weight on the fore end and increase maneuverability in the bush. I can, and have, easily removed the muzzle brake but I need to know the dangers of shooting the rifle without the muzzle brake, if any? I know I should buy a thread protector for it, but I am having problems finding one. Well, one that will ship to Canada. Can I fire my rifle without the muzzle brake, safely? Will the accuracy be affected? Will it change the zeroing of my scopes? The information I can find on Google is spotty. Ultimately, my searching led me to this forum. I am hoping someone can shed some light on this topic for me.