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Hearing protection when shooting:

Can anyone recommend a good set of earplugs to wear? The phones I use are moderate ones rated noise reduction of 27, these are more than sufficiant for .45-110 or .300wm but all the earplugs I see if rated at all are nr6-7 and just not enough. When I am lined up in the butt and scope the phones are touching the top of the stock.

I have a set of my old military plugs that I keep in good condition so remain soft and plyable, but they are not enough for a .357 so I need either thin phones or a good rated plug.

bill in ny <>
central, ny USA - Monday, December 07, 1998 at 22:27:20 (EST) 

Re: earplugs.

The lab is in Colorado, that makes the reallynice custom earplugs.

Here in Seattle, its about 65$ for a pair, these are true 30db reduction, I use them for shooting, racing my cars, or motorcycles, etc.

Avoid "foamies", they wear out, if arent inserted correctly, dont
provide the level of protection.

If you feel really rich, get a set of the electric earplugs
with amplification, although I have zero experience with them...

Capt Jeff <>
redmond, wa USA - Tuesday, December 08, 1998 at 22:50:27 (EST) 

To Bill in NY: Go to a Westone hearing aid dealer and find out about the custom molded ear plugs.They come with switchable filters(15db,25db) and are made from a mold of your ear.They really allow sutle sounds to come through,while blocking harsh ones.They come at a high price,around $110 a set,with filters,but well worth it for keeping out sound leakage.Found out about them in a review in Mix Magazine(sound reinforcment).

Richard Stark <>
Clovis, CA USA - Tuesday, December 08, 1998 at 22:56:07 (EST) 

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