I have two Browning rifles with brakes. The 1st is a .300 Win mag Browning A-Bolt and on that rifle I use a brake and ear plugs. The 2nd is a 6.5 Creedmoor Browning X-Bolt Pro and on that rifle I use the thread protector cap B/C the recoil with a 6.5 CM is very manageable, even on that 6 lb. 1 oz. rifle. that weighs 7 lbs. 14 oz. W/ scope & rings. To me it is a matter of recoil management. If I win the lottery and use a guide he would also need ear plugs for the .300 Win mag A-Bolt. The brake on that rifle is non-negotiable. Thoughts? Eric B.