Originally Posted by olympicmotors
I am not real excited about muzzle brakes because of the increased noise. I already have some hearing loss and want to keep what I have left , probably will not have hearing protectors on in the field.
You can unthread the brake from the barrel after you go to the range. If you have never shot a gunwith bad recoil then put a brake on it, you should try it. My 300 rum was unbearable after 2 shots. I put a brake on it and it shoots less than my 708. Some brakes come threaded in a way you can take them of in the field and then put a cap over the exposed threads. Look into the Vias brakes as they are supposed you be less noisy.
I also carry ear plugs on a string around many neck when I'm in the field. I have used them when I have the time. When I hunt elk, I usually do have the time to put the plugs in.