Re: To "Brake or not to "Brake"
I have a 300 Wby with a brake on it. It came with a cap so I could shoot it without the brake. I shoot 200 grain Accubonds through it at 3100-3150 so it's recoil is very similar. I have had it about 3 years now. To date I have never had the urge to shoot it without the brake. It is so nice. I can concentrate on my shooting and never have to worry about recoil. I have always had the time to slip on my electronic muff or slip in my earplugs. I use rubber ear plgs that are on a string. I wear my left one very loose and just push it in tight when it's time to shoot and slip in the other one quick. I don't have to wait on these to expand. I did shoot my elk last year without ear plugs and for just the one shot it really wasn't that big of deal. I do recomend you never shoot anything bigger than an air rifle without ear protection. Even a 22 will hurt your hearing.
I would put a brake on it and enjoy the best of both worlds by never taking it off. A big powerful rifle and almost no recoil.
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