Looking at re-barreling my 300 Rem. ultra mag. to 338 Edge. Want a muzzlebrake but have know experiences with them. Can I shoot with out hearing protection for a quick shot like a elk at 100 yards etc.
I agree with you I use ear muffs when shooting any rifle for load development or just having fun only when I'm hunting do I use no protection on unbreaked rifles300rum also w/o brake and will not shot it without ear protection. I agree w/previous poster to use pop in ear plugs just before shot however, If I'm going to be doing any repetitive shooting ie-range then I use ear muffs...I want to protect my hearing as much as possible.
Interesting story: July 4th 2008 went to friends place in GA and shot a bunch of different weapons 410 & 12 gauge shotguns, 30-30, 30-06, M1A, 22, 223-AR (left 300rum and ear protection at home) 357, 38, 40S&W and 45...Had all ball except for the 45colt. Nothing bothered my ears until the 45 colt and for whatever reason...it hurt...go figure...any thoughts?
I have a muzzel brake on my 300 RUM and I have jumped elk and shot them without hearing protection and didnt even notice the sound.... I think it depends on how much your bloods pumping. I have got in lots of arguments about this issue before. If you have time though I would use hearing protection but anytime you dont have time to put plugs in I wouldn't worry about it. gun)