Re: Muzzle brake on a 300 Win Mag?
If you have a 9lb rifle just for hunting and light off less than 10 rounds per year, then maybe not.
If you have a 12 lb rifle just for hunting and light off 20-100 rds per year, then maybe.
If you shoot more than 100rds and like to do target shooting also, then definitely yes, so you can spot hits and follow your vapor trail.
Needing a brake does not make you any less of a 'man', it just makes you a wiser one. Just because I can drive my car with my feet doesn't mean it's meant to be done. Using my hands makes things easier and much more enjoyable.
That being said, keep in mind etiquette if you are on a hunt with a group or others w/ or w/o hearing protection. Lighting off a big magnum with a brake can do serious hearing damage to anyone next to you (less than you being behind the rifle). Some hunting camps don't even allow them, so if you plan to hunt with one, make sure you can turn it on/off or it is removable for hunts.