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    Best ear muffs for shooting and hunting

    Can anyone shed light on practical but good ear protection for NZ hunting conditions? My hearing is still good but I'm starting to get tinnitus so want to keep what I have left. Im pretty good at work with using PPE so I'm thinking maybe shooting has been the weak link with hearing protection.
    I was looking at electronic options to help with listening when not shooting and the MSA Sordins or Howard Leight Impact Sports was what I initially found through online reviews etc. Both have pretty low NRR though @ 18 & 22dB.
    Currently packing my 3M X4's I use for work. They are low profile, good NRR @ 27dB. plugs are better but they're also a pin in the ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwijames View Post
    Can anyone shed light on practical but good ear protection for NZ hunting conditions? My hearing is still good but I'm starting to get tinnitus so want to keep what I have left. Im pretty good at work with using PPE so I'm thinking maybe shooting has been the weak link with hearing protection.
    I was looking at electronic options to help with listening when not shooting and the MSA Sordins or Howard Leight Impact Sports was what I initially found through online reviews etc. Both have pretty low NRR though @ 18 & 22dB.
    Currently packing my 3M X4's I use for work. They are low profile, good NRR @ 27dB. plugs are better but they're also a pin in the ass.
    My ears are stuffed. I have constant tinnitus in my left ear (really bad tonite actually) from early years in the Army with years of inadequate ear protection to none. Back in the 80's there was no such thing as OH&S. Ears were buggered when it come in.

    The Sordin are by far the best muffs I have used for shooting or hunting. There may be better but I haven't heard of them.
    Howard's Leight are not even in the same ball park for reduction or comfort. Still have 2 sets that I wouldn't even give away.

    The only time I have wished I had doubled up on protection with the MSA sordins is when I was standing near a shooter who was shooting a braked rifle under cover.

    Get the sordins you won't regret it.





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    I don't mind the Howard's.
    However if it's a long day at the range I would just use normal grade 5. You would think most people who attend the likes of a full bore range would use them. Not at my local club. Nobody has them.
    For general hunting or shooting I find them good. Good for stalking. You would be surprised at what makes them cut in. Like my dog barking!
    I wouldn't use them with a brake, but straight magnums are fine. I seem to have sensitive ears.

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    I have been very happy with thesehttp://shop.blackwoodsprotector.co.nz/servlet/Srv.Ecos_Main_Frame?AI=7TaMKzT@DBSZqMil&CMD=PRD&P1 =404954&P2=LIST
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    I have a pair of the sordins and as is been said I can't fault them. You won't regret it

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    Peltor sport tac are pretty good. Very comfortable, range sessions with braked guns Ill put plugs in for an extra layer. prices seem to have gone up, I paid $260 some time back
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    peltor definitely. dont get sucked in by "grades" on earmuffs. and most of the electronic ones are useless ( i repair them).

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    At Trentham, most shooters I see on the range, use Peltor or Impact electronic muffs.
    A few have another brand - but can't recall what it is - quite bulky looking to my eye, which they swear by.
    I'm like R93 - hearing totally stuffed - even with $11K of hearing aids, I've got tinnitus - BADLY.
    Bit isolating.
    Anyway - I use 34dB reduction muffs (not electronic), so need to lift the muff up when people want to communicate.
    Borrowed of my last employer in the mining industry in NW WA.
    If you're hearing is still within the 'normal' range, I'd say get the best noise defence for your buck.
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    Quite like my Peltor Comtac's, sometimes feel the need to wear earplugs also though with high calibers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WallyR View Post

    Anyway - I use 34dB reduction muffs (not electronic), so need to lift the muff up when people want to communicate.

    If you're hearing is still within the 'normal' range, I'd say get the best noise defence for your buck.
    Wally raises a good point, for max reduction electronic is not the way to go- I have have the higest rated db reduction eleetronic muffes I could find when I went shopping but the $90 dumb pair I use when im by myself is next level when it comes to blocking sound(includind screaming babys for those nights you just have to pace with them)
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    Have a read of this article regarding the NRR rating on the Sordins. I have a set and rate them highly, especially with the gel cups.

    https://trevoronthetrigger.wordpress...rr18db-rating/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozzy View Post
    Have a read of this article regarding the NRR rating on the Sordins. I have a set and rate them highly, especially with the gel cups.

    https://trevoronthetrigger.wordpress...rr18db-rating/
    Yup ya need the gel cups.

    When duck shooting with them on and with fresh batteries, I could tell the direction ducks were winging their way in from a distance.
    I could also hear a flight of geese long before I could see them.

    They can be a bit distracting while bush hunting coz they pick up a lot.

    I was looking for deer on a riverbed that I knew to have a few cattle on it.

    I could hear grass being ripped from the ground and breathing like you can hear on a dairy farm, especially at nite.
    Thinking they were cows as it was so loud I pushed thru the gorse and scrub to bump half a dozen surprised deer. They bolted in every direction and I was standing there like a dick not even at the ready.



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    This particular model Peltor - is it OK for general hunting or just for sound protection on range etc
    I want to get a pair for bush hunting - I can get the Peltor from my Optic supplier at wholesale (although his prices are not a lot less than EBay improtn direct oneself) but I will save on the shipping and be able to claim back GST etc

    I meant the Peltor sport tac

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    Who sells Sordins ? And how much ? I was thinking about getting Peltor Sport tacs. My hearing is not great, wear hearing aids but these have some limitations & hence would like “better ears” for hunting

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    The sport tacs and tacticals are pretty good, but don't swim that well due to the leccy bits not approving of water play.

    I use the Sprt Tacs on the range as a RO, to be fair I find the noise transfer through the bones of the face more of an issue than the noise reduction and noise cancelling features of the earmuffs. It's something to be aware of if you are standing around a lot of muzzle brake shooting on a range and planning on just using earplugs. You have to ensure that with muffs the muffs are correctly fitted, with no breaks in the earcup seals from hats, glasses, etc etc - as soon as you break the seal you might as well not be wearing them...

 

 

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