I use electronic earmuffs that amplify sound until you fire a shot and then they muffle everything. I highly suggest them as they help me hear deer walking from about 150 to 200 yards away if you are in heavy cover or in the morning as deer are stiring from their bedding spots, they even keep my ears warm. I will say this, have extra batteries. Mine last about 4 hours in the cold before I have to switch them out. Also be prepared for the first time you wear them, I was a bit disoriented for the first hour as my brain adjusted to sound only coming from two directions but you get pretty use to it.
Big fan of Axil products, GS Extreme w/Bluetooth. Noise reduction and Bluetooth with hearing enhancement. Highly recommend them.Shooting a new 28 nosler with loud brake. What is everyone using for easy to access earplugs? Looking for something to wear around my neck and put in quick prior to shooting. The Bluetooth will run independently of the NR/enhancement functions. Long battery life.
I second this. If it’s possible in your state I would bite the bullet and get whatever you can cram into your budget. I wish I had taken the plunge sooner, I always carried earplugs (Howard Leight) but often didn’t have the time or attention to stick them in. Many aren’t cheap but I would say most of us have spent enough on a second or third (or 4th, etc) rifle that we couldn’t honestly claim we can’t afford it. For the cost of a midrange scope or rifle you could have the most practical hearing protection for hunting, and it’s well worth it. My .02You guys are slacking, can't believe it took this long.
Due to military tinnitus I use custom made ESP ear plugs and at the range I use muffs on top of the earplugs !
I would recommend sport ear from Axil. I’m 50 and have been shooting since I was 4 have have 70%+ loss in both ears. Five years ago, doc told me the next bad one could be last and and be completely without hearing. I did my research and found sport ears and have never regretted the decision. I chose the custom fit option and wear them at the range with ear muffs and when hunting they are all I use. Doesn’t matter if I’m sitting in the stand for three to six hours or on the mountain chasing elk and mule deer from sun up to sun down, I wear them religiously. The sound enhancement is great and directional sound is amazing. It’s a one time investment with its weight in gold in my opinion.
Nightforce has great tracking capabilities, they are rugged, a bunch of elevation, holds zero forever, and reticles are designed for long range shooting. So if you are looking to shoot long distances constantly, then you need a scope that can take the abuse. -- gilmillan1
Nightforce is such a solid combo of reticle, available elevation, glass that is good enough to shoot at the longest range you can dial. Nightforce has bullet proof construction that can handle the incidental horse rolling or some other rodeo action. -- bigngreen
The total package. Nightforce is the best I have used as far as turret feel and solid detents. I have never had one that didn't track right on and always return to zero. Nightforce NXS is the best value for everything I need. -- Broz