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MichigamaGunslinger
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Posted: 12/20/2010 6:31:59 PM EST
I was wondering what your thoughts are on the BEST electronic shooting muff. I have decided that I need to get a pair of these and I want to get the best that I can. These will be used for hunting as well as just general shooting and I would prefer a camo color although that isn't a requirement.
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MichigamaGunslinger
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Posted: 12/21/2010 2:53:47 AM EST
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Thanks guys!

I have been looking at the walkers game ear hearing aid style protection, what do you guys think of those?

Since this will primarily be used in hunting, I was thinking about going with the low profile game ear and then using my regular muffs + ear plugs for range use (I don't do tactical shooting as of now).

Here's the game ear product I am talking about:

http://www.walkersgameear.com/enhancement_hdSeries.html

If I get something like the game ear then eventually I will end up getting the electronic muffs. I usually wear a thick hat when I hunt because it gets cold up here in Michigan lol. After looking at the electronic muffs, I doubt that even the low profile style will work with the hats I use. The game ear looks like it will work well.

The only thing I'm concerned about with the electronic muffs (or any muff for that matter) is that as a stand alone product, it only offers 19-29ish dB protection. From what I understand about dB ratings, this brings the average gunshot within around 120-130 dB, which is still dangerously loud. I have noticed that when I double up with plugs and muffs that the sound level is dramatically reduced over just using muffs.

Since I am only going to use the plugs + muffs combo on the range, I am looking for an electronic muff that can amplify the regular sounds enough that I can hear them over my plugs. From what I have heard some muffs can do this but others can't. Do you guys know any muffs that can amply sound enough to hear over ear plugs?
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Posted: 12/21/2010 8:26:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By MichigamaGunslinger:
Thanks guys!

I have been looking at the walkers game ear hearing aid style protection, what do you guys think of those?

Since this will primarily be used in hunting, I was thinking about going with the low profile game ear and then using my regular muffs + ear plugs for range use (I don't do tactical shooting as of now).

Here's the game ear product I am talking about:

http://www.walkersgameear.com/enhancement_hdSeries.html

If I get something like the game ear then eventually I will end up getting the electronic muffs. I usually wear a thick hat when I hunt because it gets cold up here in Michigan lol. After looking at the electronic muffs, I doubt that even the low profile style will work with the hats I use. The game ear looks like it will work well.

The only thing I'm concerned about with the electronic muffs (or any muff for that matter) is that as a stand alone product, it only offers 19-29ish dB protection. From what I understand about dB ratings, this brings the average gunshot within around 120-130 dB, which is still dangerously loud. I have noticed that when I double up with plugs and muffs that the sound level is dramatically reduced over just using muffs.

Since I am only going to use the plugs + muffs combo on the range, I am looking for an electronic muff that can amplify the regular sounds enough that I can hear them over my plugs. From what I have heard some muffs can do this but others can't. Do you guys know any muffs that can amply sound enough to hear over ear plugs?


You can double up and up the amplification. It will still cut out the loud bang. See my previous post, 50 BMG without doubling up. There is something screwy about the db ratings because there was no issue for me. It was great to be able to talk normally while shooting. I could increase the amplification enough to hear my fingers scraping together!
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Posted: 12/21/2010 8:31:22 PM EST
I have some pro ears that are pretty good, but they are huge. I wouldn't mind a slim pair next time.
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Out of curiosity, why do you want electric muffs? I'm curious, because I use plugs exclusively (so that I never have a problem with cheek weld), and may switch over if there's good enough reason.
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I have a pair of Caldwell E-MAX low-pro electronics and love them. Hard to beat for the price.
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I like my Peltors. And the battery life is suprisingly long.


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Posted: 12/22/2010 12:11:41 AM EST
I have a few pairs of Peltor 7s's and a set of MSA Sordin's

I prefer the MSA Sordins, but when I shoot precision bolt gun I go to a custom made set of plugs
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Posted: 12/22/2010 12:31:25 AM EST
If you want the best tactical electronic ear pro, the $250-$350 MSA Sordin and Peltor tactical stuff is the way to go.

I've used cheaper ear pro from Caldwell, Peltor, Howard Leight, they are don't hold up to use and abuse over time if you go shooting often. I am still using my $90 Tac Sports, but i just always always wear ear plugs to go with them
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Posted: 12/22/2010 4:14:22 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ArmaNotSoLite:
Out of curiosity, why do you want electric muffs? I'm curious, because I use plugs exclusively (so that I never have a problem with cheek weld), and may switch over if there's good enough reason.

Well, part of it is to be able to talk to people at the range without yelling. The other part is if I decided to go with just muffs and no game-ear type protection, it could work for hunting. Also, I could have it hanging on my AR that's setup for home defense and if I need the AR in an emergency all I would have to do is turn the muffs on and put them on my ears and still be able to hear things (if suppressors were legal in MI I would use one of those for this purpose instead).

I really like the game-ear type protection but I like how the electronic muffs are easier/faster to put on and you don't have earwax to clean off every time you take them out. I doubt that the muffs would work well when hunting in cold conditions (deer blind) but if they do then I would only be interested in a low-profile muff.
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