Earplugs vs. Earmuffs
I'm just wondering if any one has run in to the same problem I have a dilemma i prefer the earmuffs over the plugs but it interferes with a good stock/cheek weld>I prefer the earmuffs because it covers the whole ear (ear's )
I use both & at times I use both at the same time. I have a couple sets of muffs & if I am using the electronic ear muffs I use both ear plugs & the muffs, as I find if your head is turned away from the shooting the muffs do not always shut out all the sound. With the plugs in I just give myself more protection.
From years of shooting, noise from airplane engines in the Navy, & running a jack hammer in my younger days, it sounds like phones ringing in my ears all the time. I am just trying to protect the hearing I have left. 444
Some of the slim-type ear muffs are better for rifle shooting. Still, a lot of folks prefer the ear plugs.
Heck, with the big boomers, I'll use both!
I use both at the same time if I can...
I use both most of the times too. My older earmuffs kind of get in the way but like Guy said, my newer ones work fine with my centerfires.
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If you wear earmuffs how do you get a good cheek weld to your stock?
About twice a year there is a .50 caliber shoot at my local range. I always go out as an observer. It is almost a must to wear both. Boy are those .50's load!
By .50 caliber, I am refering to .50 BMG rifles.
I find the earmufffs interfere with cheek weld, especially when I am trying to use my lead sled. Fom
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I wear both because the shooting glasses I wear will open the muffs just a tiny bit, the plugs overcome any additional noise. There is also the issue of rifle cheek weld, if the muffs go up a bit, my ears are still 'covered' by the plugs.
10 years driving a cabover truck with the engine noise in the 80-90db range (I know, I checked with a meter... ) pretty much nuked my right ear. Anymore, anytime I'm doing something noisy (mow the lawn, grinder, weed wacker, saw) I have plugs or muffs on. I'm the idiot mowing the lawn with earmuffs on... ...just wave when you drive by.Originally Posted by 444nut
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Earplugs when shooting normal guns, both when shooting handguns, heavy loads in short carbines such as 16 and 18 inch guns, also when shooting with muzzle brakes.
Being a sufferer of tinnitus myself I do wish I had used the available hearing protection when I was younger, as a former draftee in the US Army I noticed the ringing shortly after a very loud but short shootout aka firefight, but it did fade away to non existance until years of working in industrial environment brought it back to it's present permanance.
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