So, I recently became an owner of a Ruger M77 Hawkeye FTW edition in 30-06, got it for a good deal. It came with a brake on it and I dont know if I want to try it out and get used to it then take it hunting or hunting with it will be something I'll immediately regret. Anyone have any thoughts on the matter?
On an 06 I would use the brake at the range and for practice. Make sure to confirm sight-in with the brake removed if you're going to hunt it that way.
Or I would shoot it with and without and see which you prefer and leave it at that. I see no problem hunting it in either configuration, I've done both, big boomers (bigger than a 30 cal) my brake stays on.
Brakes, at least all the ones I've shot are just obnoxiously loud.
Brakes are very loud. There is a lot of stress among benchrest shooters about scopes holding point of aim. There is a theroy that muzzle brakes may be hard on scopes. May be something to it as guys are now testing scopes for holding point of aim by shoot 44 mag handguns held near the scope. I have always though if the recoil is more than your comfortable with you should shoot a cartridge with less recoil. Another idea is if you hunt in the woods with shots under 200 yds load some lighter loads with a bullet with a lighter jackets. I once loaded some single shot pistol bullets with 4759 at about 2000 fps. Killed a big doe at 100 yds, bullets exited, expanded well, deer went about 20 yds.
I have a brake on a model 70 300 win and like it very much. If you wear ear protection @ the range a shot or two should be fine in hunting.
I also bought a solid brake for hunting.( But as was stated they are loud.)