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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-14-2012, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hearing Protection for Pistol Hunters

I bought a Taurus raging bull 44 mag this year. Tried shooting doe on the first Saturday and my ears rang for hours after firing three shots.

So what do you guys and gals use for hearing protection. I don't want something that amplifies sound since walking thru leaves would be deafening.

I'm reluctant to wear foam plugs since I won't be able to hear game in front of me as easy. I do not want muffs. I'm thinking of something like a Walkers game ear without amplification but still keeps the high dB cutout.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-14-2012, 03:15 PM
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Re: Hearing Protection for Pistol Hunters

I wear the surefire ones when hunting and around the house when using power equipment. They are quite comfortable too.
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Re: Hearing Protection for Pistol Hunters

I have both E.A.R. in the ear electronic protection and Radians electronic ear muffs. Both have voulme/sensitivity controls that you use to control the amplification. Walking on leaves is not deafening, neither is walking on stones.




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Re: Hearing Protection for Pistol Hunters

With all the ringing in my ears I wish I had started using protection many many many years ago.

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Re: Hearing Protection for Pistol Hunters

Ive taken to wearing the Peltor electronic ear protection when sitting on post with my Super Redhawk.

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Re: Hearing Protection for Pistol Hunters

Zem sensaguard is lightweight and low tech. They really work and are worth the try for under 20 bucks usually.
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Re: Hearing Protection for Pistol Hunters

I think pretty much all the electronic stuff has volume control of some kind, so leaf walikng really not a problem. I use a walkers game ear in each ear.
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Re: Hearing Protection for Pistol Hunters

yup, get some active ear muffs.

I've let loose with 44 mags in tree stands where the blast bounced off the tree onto me. Ears rang until the next morning.

Don't recall the make of mine, but I got them 10 years ago before they were even legal to hunt with. The technology has to have gotten better since. Mine have two mics positioned kinda front & back on the muff but I still think I loose some directional ability. However, it is well worth saving your hearing. While I agree you can hear the leaves rustling a bit louder, I've never felt like they give me any real advantage in the woods. I was glad when the PGC legalized them for hunting use.

The only issue I've had with mine is they pick up on that annoying interference pattern given up by your mobile phone as it searches for towers. Just turn your phone off and you should be fine.

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