The real advantage to muzzle brakes
is they reduce the likelihood of you developing a flinch from your rifle. When sighting a rifle in or practicing, you are wearing hearing protection anyway, so you might as well take advantage of less recoil and better form and trigger pull. When you go to shoot a deer or elk, take the brake off. You won't notice the extra recoil due to the adrenaline in your system, you won't flinch because you haven't been conditioned to, and you won't lose any more hearing since the muzzle brake
isn't installed. I would not choose a ported barrel though for the above reason.