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Hunting with a muzzle brake, ear protection

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Unread 08-01-2010, 09:09 PM
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Re: Hunting with a muzzle brake, ear protection

I shot a whitetale buck at about 50 yards on my way to my long range ambush spot. I took the shot quick and the thing that I remember most about the hunt is how deaf i was for the next 4hrs. Get a set of electronic muffs, your hearing is worth $100. The rifle was a .338 RUM with brake.
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    Re: Hunting with a muzzle brake, ear protection

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    If you use a muzzle break you need to ware ear protection !!!

    With the ears ,what you lose you never get back.

    I can't comfortably wear ear muffs so I wear a ear plug in the right ear and just pull the
    ear muff down over the left ear. (Take the right muff off so it won't interfere with the cheek
    piece.

    The best way is to purchase a pair of walkers game ears and you can hear better and when
    the rifle goes of they crop the sound. (The best of both worlds).

    Some just buy one and plug the other ear.

    It is true that most hunters don't notice the muzzle blast when shooting at game , "BUT THE
    EARS DO" And are damaged each time because on the DBs are much higher than our ears can
    handel.

    I have done it in the past and lost some of the hearing in the left ear because of muzzle blast
    and the last time my ears rang for two weeks. so now if I am not prepaired for a shot I don't
    shoot untill I put some type of hearing protection on.

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    Re: Hunting with a muzzle brake, ear protection

    This spring my son and I went to Alaska and we both used my 338 Edge to shoot our bears. I put my foam earplugs in before we even started the stalk on my bear. I had no problems. He, however, didn't put his in and after the shot on his bear he hurredly handed me the rifle and clutched his ears. He said the muzzleblast was actually painfull. Now he's a convert to hearing protection.
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    Re: Hunting with a muzzle brake, ear protection

    This is what I use when hunting with a brake I just wear them around my neck.

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    Re: Hunting with a muzzle brake, ear protection

    I use the Walkers Game Ear Quads when hunting with my braked guns (338AM and 338Edge). I passed up a shot at a nice cow elk 2 years ago when she walked up to our hide and I didn't have my ears on.

    Muzzle braked rifles are just TOO loud to shoot without protection.

    When practicing, I use the foam plugs under the Electronic muffs. I turn the muffs up and I can hear the same as with no protection, I can easily hear others around the firing line.

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    Re: Hunting with a muzzle brake, ear protection

    While it may not be painfull to some and not to others the affect is cumulative and over time both groups will suffer similar hearing loss.
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