I finally got up the nerve to shoot the 338 LM free recoil after the addition of the new barrel and brake (DE Brake). The rifle seemed to jump less than my unbraked 308, and the recoil was moderate. I shot one 100 yard group with a firm hold on the rifle (normal for the Lapua) and one group free recoil (normal for the rest of my rifles). The free recoil group was smaller (0.59" vs 0.81") and it was a more 'triangular' group verses a more 'linear' group. The free recoil group was centered approximately 1.5 inches to the left of the group shot with a firm hold. Is this normal? I've never seen this big of a difference with any of my other rifles. Which hold should I use from this point onward as it appears that I will need to choose one or the other? I am more comfortable shooting free recoil, but question if that is the best choice for shooting the bigger magnums, braked or otherwise.