Originally Posted by toddc
I dont know in this day and age why anyone would have a hard kicking rifle. You can look at a brake and pretty well figure its effect. I guess guys who have guns that kick havent thought about a lot of things related to LRH with a brake. My 6-284 has a brake on it. Everything in LRH calls for a brake. If you dont use one you are shooting a gun thats too small, beating yourself for no reason and slowing down your follow up.
The value of the braks on seeing your hits and misses for followups cannot be overstressed.
I shot my new 300wm which is a pretty light rig M70 All weather SF and I was running some hot 180's through it and I had to ask my spotter where each of the impacts were because I could not see them.
I'd already decided it would get a brake, but that really reminded me of the necessity.
I was also shooting my 7mmSTW which is braked with some pretty well smoking 160gr loads and I could see my impacts all the way from 100yds to 800yds.
If you are alone and shooting at game in brush/trees it is absolutely essential you see your actual hits or you'll end up wasting game or a hell of a lot of time tracking misses.
In the long range game in lots of the better places we hunt out west, it can take half a day just to get to where your target was standing from your shooting position!