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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-04-2009, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hearing protection

Has anybody used these, or have thoughts about them? I'm tired of the cheapies that pop apart

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Caldwell® E-MAX™ Low Profile Hearing Protection Muffs
Perfect for shotgun and action shooters. Built-in microphones amplify sounds below 85 decibels and shut off sounds for anything above 85 decibels. Uses two AAA batteries (not included). NRR: 23.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-05-2009, 03:57 PM
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23 db noise reduction isn't really much
then again i got some cheapo electric ones at academy and they probably aren't much more
they seem fine.
use em in the garage too

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23 db noise reduction isn't really much
then again i got some cheapo electric ones at academy and they probably aren't much more
they seem fine.
use em in the garage too
yea after I did some more research I found some at cabelas that are cheaper, have 27 nrr, and the low db amp
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-06-2009, 04:59 AM
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I am a big fan of the Peltor brand stuff.

One thing you will find with those electronic supressor/amplifier is the battery life will suck.

I keep a pair of Peltors that I bought for the supressor/amplifier ability in my rucksack. I use them tons and the batteries are always dead. Battery drain is mostly my fault though because they get either left on or they get turned on when inside my rucksack. I use mine for helicopter travel and the occasional firefight and howitzer/mortar fire.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-06-2009, 03:08 PM
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I have two of those. They are ok, but the circutry isn't that great - there is in my opinion too much time for it to switch off the amplification. If you are shooting rifles/shotguns, it's sufficent. If someon has a hand cannon nearby, you'll get a headache.

I generally keep it off when shooting, and turn it on when off the line reloading or bullshitting with others waiting for the line to go cold.
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Why do people use ear muffs, when ear plugs work better, and dont get in the way. I'm usually the one guy at the range using ear plugs, not muffs

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taking ear plugs in/out multiple times at the range starts to hurt after a few times for me. I have slim cupped ones for when i use the rifle and need to be tight on the stock, but even the fat style don't get in the way.
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I use both plugs and muffs at indoor ranges. I want my hearing to last.

As far as the original post goes, I've bought electric ones but they did not clamp my head. There were loose so they didn't work well to reduce noise. Just something to watch for...

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I have a pair of custom molded ear plugs that take about the same time to put in as muffs do to put on.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-06-2009, 09:05 PM
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I'll give those Caldwell electronic ones that Midway has on sale a try. I'm ordering from them soon anyways.

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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-06-2009, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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This is what I ended up getting 27nrr with sound amplification (the store had them for $19.99 vs the inet price of 14.99 so that another matter)

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...set=ISO-8859-1

oh and for the record ear plugs only give 30 to 33 NRR and as propellerhead stated with muffs you can wear both
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I have a pair of custom molded ear plugs that take about the same time to put in as muffs do to put on.
I got a pair of molded at the gun show I have used them indoors with my 308 and worked great
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-07-2009, 10:00 PM
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The cheapy Caldwell ones are 27db for about 20$. They have lasted over a season just fine.

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-07-2009, 11:48 PM
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one thing i noticed is the position of the mics. The caldwells are really good about reducing wind noise if there is a still breeze because they are tucked away. the ones hanging off in space are a pain in the ear if there is a breeze.
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