I always wear hearing protection, regardless of chambering, when I hunt. I also wear hearing/safety protection when I use my mower, snow blower, leaf mower, chain saw, etc., a good habit after working at the flighline generating A-10s and F-4s for a decade - prolonged exposure at high noise levels; >140dBs.Yep, IMO if you have to ware ear plugs its too much gun.
Did the bullet gouge that hole in the rock behind him?My son and I were out in the mountains of southern Arizona today scouting for his upcoming Coues hunt. we always bring a rifle because you never know when you're going to see a lion or coyote. Today, we watched 3-coyotes chase a Coues doe up a steep canyon. The coyotes were relentless, fortunately for the doe, they finally gave up the chase as she hit the saddle of the hill and crested over. The coyotes were about 800-yards away but never presented a good shot opportunity as they were running the entire time. On our hike out of the area, my son, saw another coyote, standing broadside across a small canyon. The coyote stood still for a little too long, which allowed my son to get his ear plugs in and take the 112-yard shot. He was shooting a 300 PRC with handloaded Hornady 230 Gr. A-tips pushing about 2,900 fps. Needless to say, the coyote dropped in it's tracks.
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