Plus 1 On the subject of brakes and hunting with guides and PH's, the vast majority will not like to see their client with a braked rifle for obvious reasons, unless they specifically cater to LR hunting. In Afirca, most PH's will probably want you to be within 400 yds of your game, unless again, they cater to LR. Also, if you read that other thread, they prefer light cartridges for non-dangerous game. If you get a RUM and get it braked, you can always have a cap made so you can screw the brake off and fire without the brake. This will probably change your POI. Shooting an unbraked RUM in a standing postion is not so bad, but on the bench or prone, it will really get your attention. I have an unbraked Sendero 300 RUM and have abut 500-600 rounds through it. I use a slip-on recoil pad and i can shoot it all day just fine. That said, I'm having another 300 RUM built and having a brake installed because it will be much more pleasant shooting and I can get on target quickly after shots which can be critical in LR. Personally, I think you are trying to get one gun to do 2 different things met for 2 different guns. Get a LR elk rifle and get an African Plains rifle... you might already have an African Plains rifle.