Q: I recently bought a new Savage 116 Bear Hunter in .338 Win. Mag. which has a muzzle brake. I have found the brake reduces recoil noticeably on the range, but I find the “kick” muzzle blast unpleasant when shooting the gun in the field with the brake turned off. Is there any solution other than wearing ear plugs when hunting? Harold Kirkwood
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