That's what happened. I actually had buds in and had the muffs over them. Good thing too, 'cause the local PD was training some new hires at the same time. If I wasn't wearing buds underneath, I would have been fishing my muffs out of the range can w/o any hearing protection! Next time I shoot those Rem. High Velocity slugs, I'll still double up on the hearing protection, awkward or not, because when you shoot those, everyone will look at you cause they know that what you just shot had some balls! Much louder than al the other slugs I shot that day.I am the same way, they hit the cheek rest. I like using buds, but some ranges don't allow them, and you have to use muffs.