Originally Posted by Tyler Kemp
I think of it this way-
If you're expecting close snap shots, leave the brake off but keep it handy, the barrel harmonics shouldn't change enough to cause at bad shot under 200 yards, and you won't think about the recoil when you're about to shoot at game.
If you're set up for a long shot, put the brake on and have your plugs or muffs immediately ready to put on, it'll only take a second and you will be able to concentrate on that long range shot without worrying about flinching.
Good advice since most of my shots are within 300 yards due to the terrain that I most frequently hunt. The problem is that there is a great likelihood that I might not remember to put muffs on as I concentrate on the magnificent animal before me.
I already wear an inserted hearing enhancement (Walkers Digital Game Ear) to hunt since I don't hear as crisply as I used to. Probably because of my exposure to rifle fire over the years. Possibly I could change to wearing their muffs.
Part of the reason for posting this question is that I really didn't know how shooting a rifle without a brake would affect POI since I would be target shooting and sighting it with the brake. If I can anticipate that switching back and forth will not have much bearing on POI out to 300-400 yards then that is my answer I think. Is there anyone who does this that can verify that this would be a viable option for me to choose on my new rifle?