You might reconsider, and your view on this might change some what. Consider this...
My Son, Brad, he had just turned 11 years old in 2000 and was just getting started with a new 308 Win when I took him on his first LR hunt. He could shoot well and I was confident he could kill Moose out to 400 yards with a bipod and rear bag, usually about where we'd begin to see them from the hill overlooking a swamp I hunted.
Brad couldn't shoot his rifle very accurately off-hand yet as he was still a pretty spindly youngster not filled out much. Well, he got himself a nice big old bull with a 59.5" spread about 6:30am 2nd day of season 200 yards below where we slept, I got my fork horn Bull at 640 yards a couple days later with my 416 Wby.
I could set my kids up with 30/338 Lapua Imp in 10-12 lb. rifles for LR hunting... if they had muzzle brakes
on them. This would immediately extend their range and capabilities in the field over the acceptable but mediocer cartridges they now use. This is the big advantage to many people, muzzle brakes open doors that might not ever be opened, or would take years to anyway.
In my Son's case, he took a nice Bull when really the gun was still quite a handfull for him. The bipod and bag setup allowed him to be very proficient with something that otherwise was very limited in usefulness to him yet... I see a muzzle brake
sort of accomplishing the same thing for many, just in a different way I guess.
I'll never forget the look on that kid's face when he killed that Moose. With a rifle he could hardly keep all shots on a pie plate at 50 yards off-hand and bitched about it being to big for him yet, he managed to kill his first Moose at four times that range just with the aid of a bipod when he was youngster. I wasn't real surprised about it, but he sure was, both of us were totally thrilled to say the least!! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
[ 05-19-2004: Message edited by: Brent Moffitt ]