I haven't had a chance to hunt bear with my 9.3×64 Brenneke yet. But I expect it to duplicate the results of the 375 s. The 375s don't need a brake. Yes they are nice. But the 375 isn't really bothersome in the recoil dept.
Course the o.p. was talking about a 338 .and the 338 is a great way to go also. . . Both the 375 and 338 are very useful for a lot more than bear also. I've killed over 20 Sitka
black tail deer with each. I think more than 30 with each possibly more.. they just make a 1-2" hole thru them. With very little blood shock.