Re: Vias and other breaks
If I were hunting with a 300 WM, I may consider putting a brake on it, especially if it is a light rifle.
If you shoot prone with a Vais type brake, you do need to avoid laying in the dust, but I generally try to avoid doing that anyway. Won't shove it back in your face, only raise a cloud. This could potentially slow down a follow up shot. Shoot in the grass, or lay a pad down at the range, and you'll be fine. Regardless, I find this is more of a problem out west where the dust can be extremely fine and dry. Here in the NE, I have had to take occasional shots in the dirt and only encountered a very minor "puff".
Like others have said, if you go with a brake, take it off for hunting. The ears you save may be your hunting partner's!
Last edited by Bearwalk; 03-30-2011 at 06:37 AM.