Re: Muzzle Brake
Corbett, at the range get some Howard Leight Leightning ear muffs rated at 31dB. Then also use their earplus rated at 33dB. Will make that muzzle brake noise go away.
Was shooting my RUM with its new muzzle port and you could see the gases rocketing to the side. Effective indeed. Shooting at our covered range, even a 22LR gets load so was concerned about shooting this cannon.
with both muffs and plugs, it was fine.
For hunting, take the brake off. Depending on how the shot is taken, those one or two shots could lead to permanent damage for you and/or anyone next to you. If shooting from a bench then wear hearing protection. I would rather take a couple of hard recoils then loose my hearing.
Also, if you are concerned about recoil/noise, maybe the cartridge is bigger then you need. Elk are not bullet proof and with the right bullets in the right place, the 308 is lethal elk medicine out past 500yds. What more do you want?