I had a brake installed on my .338 after I had heart surgery, 'cuz I was afraid I'd crack open. It did reduce the recoil to about .270 levels, but the blast was not tolerable, I developed a flinch from it. Just had it removed, flinch went away after much practice with my Deuce, and the .338 shoots into an inch again!
Answer to tradeoff: Not for me! I'd druther deal with recoil than blast!
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