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Old 05-26-2010, 02:54 AM   #1
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Curious as to what you guys that hunt with your AR's do for ear protection. My AR has a very loud flash hider on it, and .223 in general is loud. When i fire my gun you can feel the percussion hit your face, especially if you are standing to the side of it... When i first got it, i fired 3 shots without ear protection and had to take it back inside, i couldn't take the noise... my ears rang for the next couple hours... I'll never fire it again without ear protection...

Do you guys use ear plugs/muffs, and not hear the game, or what?

Also, any way to modify a 10 round mag to 5 rounds easily?

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We have an Ar I have to wear muffs but u can still hear what u need to hear I keep them slid back on one ear just a tad then pull it forward when ready to shoot. I hope that helps

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Caldwell E-MAX Electronic Earmuffs (NRR 25dB) Green - MidwayUSA

I use a pair like this. They work amazingly well for an el cheapo pair of electronic muffs.
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Caldwell E-MAX Electronic Earmuffs (NRR 25dB) Green - MidwayUSA

I use a pair like this. They work amazingly well for an el cheapo pair of electronic muffs.
For $ 32.00 with shipping included from Amazon, I picked up a pair of these to check out. After I couple pairs of bargain sets from Cabelas I gave up on the electronic ones.
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there are 5 round magazines available for AR's. the cabela's local to me stocks them. i dont use hearing protection when hunting. i dont find the sound of an AR outdoors loud. my first AR was a colt hbar that came with a dowel rod plug for each magazine to limit it to 5 shots in the twenty round mags for hunting. this was back in the mid 80's.

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there are 5 round magazines available for AR's. the cabela's local to me stocks them. i dont use hearing protection when hunting. i dont find the sound of an AR outdoors loud. my first AR was a colt hbar that came with a dowel rod plug for each magazine to limit it to 5 shots in the twenty round mags for hunting. this was back in the mid 80's.
Seriously? I have moderate hearing loss in both ears and to me, it's still way too loud.

But that's just me!
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I use these when I go shooting or hunting.They work really well,you can turn up the volume and hear everything going on around you and as soon as a gun is fired they shut off and then come back on.
I bought my cousin a set for him to wear at his machine shop,and he loves them.

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ANY rifle with a muzzle break, I want my "ears". No MB or flash suppressor, I may hunt without, but if I am using 8mm, .30 cal, etc- I am usually hunting across a bean field. I could not HEAR a deer at that range unless he was playing the bagpipes. Foam plugs.

Dove hunting? Muffs.

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I think this is a real issue with the firearms community in general. I work in a loud building. The standard there is 30dB of protection minimum. To achieve this, foam plugs are almost exclusively required. Decibels are not linear, they are logarithmic. Add a three dB of protection and you gain nearly double.

The good news is, most foam type plugs are in the 30-ish dB range, yet they are dirt freaking cheap. A club or small group of shooters can throw in a round of drinks worth of money and buy a thousand pairs.

You only get one chance at protecting your hearing....

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ANY rifle with a muzzle break, I want my "ears". No MB or flash suppressor, I may hunt without, but if I am using 8mm, .30 cal, etc- I am usually hunting across a bean field. I could not HEAR a deer at that range unless he was playing the bagpipes. Foam plugs.

Dove hunting? Muffs.
Why, I tell ya, if I ever saw a deer playing the bagpipes.... well, I wouldn't shoot him.
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