I don't know if I would intentionally shoot one off. The bullet didn't hit my brake when it blew off probably because the bullet had passed through the brake before the gas pressure builds up. However, if I knew it was coming off, I'd take it off or secure it better.
I don't think you would damage the crown. It is recessed pretty deep into the barrel. If for some reason the bullet did hit the brake as it blew off, you would damage the brake & send shrapnel every where, but the crown would be ok.