Sorry if this topic has already been covered here. I just bought a 300 WM Sendero. I'm thinking about putting a brake on it. I've heard that rifles get pretty loud with a brake on them. What can I expect?
I will be shooting it 99% of the time at the range with hearing protection on, but will take it elk hunting this year which hopefully will entail shooting it without hearing protection for 1 or 2 shots.
So the question is...is the reduction in recoil worth the increase in sound?
I have put muzzle brakes on four rifles and found them to substantially reduce recoil. The difference is more pronounced in my .300 than it is in my 6-284. They are damn loud too. I always shoot with hearing protection, so no problem at the range, but my ears do ring when I fire a shot while hunting. My ears also ring when I fire a shot without protection from a rifle without a brake. Well worth it to me, especially in the magnum calibers.
A simple solution is to wear a foam plug in your left ear(if you're shooting right handed). This will protect the ear closest to the blast, your right ear is shielded by your face. Still allows an "open" ear for hunting.
Getting fancier yet would be Walker's game ear or any of the electronic muffs.