jcwat, I would of always take REm action I have NOT looked over Savage. While they may be a fine action, and no doubt they are, unless the action and magazine box are long enough to accept a .300 wea. you will be in the situation of not being about to seat the bullet out to touch the lands. Also most rifle companies have a short magazine box, and a rather long throat. That cuts down pressure, but also speed and accuracy. As some one stated for years the 700 has been the pick of most building accurate rifles on modern commercial actions. I have nothng against Savage, but if you want the most from your rifle I know what can be done with a 700. I honestly would forget the brake. My dogs go with me all the time and shooting affects their hearing also. Dropshot explained one careless round and you can destroy your hearing, a friends, or a pets. Just something to think about
I shot my heavy .300 yesterday, and with a coat design for shooting and ear plugs, it presented no problem. It is a matter of pratice. I don't know what you have as far a shooting situations in Georgia, but if long shots are possible the 300 is great. I often carry it and a light rifle in my truck. the one I carry depends on the country and game I am shooting.
I know when there is any wind at all, my score on coyotes goes up and stays there when I shoot the 7mm or .300. IF You are going to just punch paper, you might consider the 6.5-284. I am looking at one for coyotes. To me it is too light for shooting heavy game, but for paper and light game, it looks like a winner.