I am hoping that I am posting this in the correct forum but I am currently having a custom made Swinglock muzzleloader built to my specifications and am wondering about equipting it with a muzzle brake
. The barrel is 28" long and although I am not enthused about adding any more weight to an already heavy gun (10lbs + with scope) I would like to do what I can to reduce felt recoil as the heavy charges under 250-300 grain projectiles can play havok with a shooters shoulder and nerves.
I am planning on doing some target shooting with this rifle but also hope to hunt with it. Here is my question........Isn't the blast produced by muzzle brakes
on hard kicking rifles terribly damaging to the shooters hearing system? I can't imagine pulling muffs over my ears right before I shoot. I did a search on this subject but didn't discover an answer. Do any of you guys actually hunt with a brake and if so do you use hearing protection of any kind?
I am also aware that some muzzle brakes are removable and a screw on thread protector can be inserted in it's place. Wouldn't this action affect barrel harmonics in some significant way?
Again I could also have a mercury recoil reducer added to the stock but that would also be adding more weight to the rifle. Any input would be appreciated.