Even the noise from a non-braked barrel will permanently hurt your hearing.Looking at re-barreling my 300 Rem. ultra mag. to 338 Edge. Want a muzzlebrake but have know experiences with them. Can I shoot with out hearing protection for a quick shot like a elk at 100 yards etc.
I agree with you I use ear muffs when shooting any rifle for load development or just having fun only when I'm hunting do I use no protection on unbreaked rifles300rum also w/o brake and will not shot it without ear protection. I agree w/previous poster to use pop in ear plugs just before shot however, If I'm going to be doing any repetitive shooting ie-range then I use ear muffs...I want to protect my hearing as much as possible.
Interesting story: July 4th 2008 went to friends place in GA and shot a bunch of different weapons 410 & 12 gauge shotguns, 30-30, 30-06, M1A, 22, 223-AR (left 300rum and ear protection at home) 357, 38, 40S&W and 45...Had all ball except for the 45colt. Nothing bothered my ears until the 45 colt and for whatever reason...it hurt...go figure...any thoughts?
I've got to disagree with this recommendation. Ask anyone (else) who has fired a braked rifle, even once, without hearing protection and see what they say. Most will tell you that their ears rang for days. It is important to remember that hearing damage is PERMENANT. A single unprotected blast will cause permanent damage according to my hearing doctor.I have a muzzel brake on my 300 RUM and I have jumped elk and shot them without hearing protection and didnt even notice the sound.... I think it depends on how much your bloods pumping. I have got in lots of arguments about this issue before. If you have time though I would use hearing protection but anytime you dont have time to put plugs in I wouldn't worry about it. gun)
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