Does anyone else feel that muzzle breaks (especially on small calibers) add to the perceived recoil? How about flinching due to that blast that comes back every time we fire? I know the measureable recoil is less with a break, but there's something about that "slap in the face" that I feel when shooting a hot high velocity round with a break on the barrel that starts to make me flinch and pull shots out of the X. I didn't know I was doing this until just yesterday. I was at the range with the guy that built one of my rifles. We were evaluating if it was going to shoot like I was expecting/needing it to. He tried a few loads and found one that seemed capable of sub 1/2 minute groups at 200 yds, although it was also a pretty hot load too. He fired 4 record shots that went 7/8" at 200. Then, I shot 3 that went into 3/8" at 200, but I felt myself pull the 4th, and managed to bring the 5th back in, to finish with 4 of my 5 shots measuring 7/8" at 200. But, by that 5th shot I was feeling myself start to shake just before the trigger broke. I then moved to another target, still 200 yds, and fired 4 rounds into a crappy 1 1/2" spread. I was trying to remain calm and unaffected, but the shaking just prior to trigger break was there, and I couldn't stop it. It was like my subconcious was in control and didn't want to feel that back blast any more. We then switched places and he proceeded to shoot 5 into 3/4" with the same load that I just put 1 1/2". I was quite humbled. Good news, is that this gun in only a 22-250, and it weighs at least 15 lb so I don't have to have the break on, it just helps spot my own shots with a high power scope on prarie dogs. A suggestion I got was to try double hearing protection, and I do intend on trying that. Anyone else have this problem/issue? Does anyone have any other suggestions??