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    Hearing Protection

    Can anyone recommend some 'plug-type' hearing protection that allows you to hear ambient sounds but cuts out the noise of the rifle going off.

    I've seen the custom made ones which look the part. Does anyone know of somewhere that offers these without asking funny money for them?

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    I know a lot of clay shooters use the Green Leopard brand:
    Not sure how much they cost but they are popular.
    But then -what price do you put on your hearing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Spanker
    I know a lot of clay shooters use the Green Leopard brand:
    Not sure how much they cost but they are popular.
    But then -what price do you put on your hearing!
    Speaking as someone who is partially deaf from unprotected exposure to shooting and machinery noise, DON'T NEGLECT YOUR HEARING!!! As Monkey Spanker says "what price do you put on your hearing" Believe me, as the old saying goes, you don't miss it 'till you aint got it
    Cheers, Pete.

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    Puretone Cens for me! They amplify quiet noise and cut out loud noise. Great in a high seat, you can hear the beasts coming your way!

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    I've been using a pair of the EMTEC Noisebreaker in-ear plugs for the last three or four years:

    They are not electronic, but I've found them very good. I had the moulds made at one of the Game Fairs and then they sent me the plugs a week or so later. They are very comfortable in use and they cost around 60 quid as I remember.

    I know a couple of other people who also use them and seem happy. I've thought of buying the electronic versions but can't really justify it. I have a couple of pairs of electronic ear defenders for when I'm loading or otherwise need to hear conversations.


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    I have just had my impressions taken for a set of fitted ones from Emtec, the same as willie_gunn. I went up to their place in Shreswbury. They should be here this week.

    Cost was £75 all in.

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    Hearing Protection

    Like Monkey Spanker I use Green Leopard ear plugs - the type that supress the noise of a shot but allow you to hear conversation. They are extremely comfortable to wear even for long periods. I use them for deer stalking, game and clay shooting - no complaints.

    They cost me around £65 at a game fair 3 years ago. You could buy the electronic ones for £100+ which amplify sounds but I'm not sure if there worth it.

    I am thinking of buying a moderator for my 0.243" Sauer 202 Outback but would still take them along just in case.



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    Same as willie_gunn & Little Terry, EMTEC Noisebreakers for me, work very well indeed & very comfortable.


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    Re: Hearing Protection

    Quote Originally Posted by Willie
    Like Monkey Spanker I use Green Leopard ear plugs
    Same here. Forget about the electronic versions. The audio circuitry actually needs to be tuned to your individual ear for optimum performance. The stuff installed in the budget to mid price range ear plugs is not capable of the necessary tuning and adjustment. Which has to done following an audio test by a trained technician.

    You have to be willing to spend in the region of £500-£600 per set to get a set that actually goes what you need them to do.

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    I've been using emtechs [great service]for 12years now. excellent, althogh look around as not everyone finds them comfy

    I find the plugs do start iritating my ear after a while so also use traditional "ear muffs", if these are carried on your head and then just slipped on before you shoot, works well and like everything else can be a pain untill you make it a habit, I asure you it is a lot less of a pain than being deaf!

    I would plead with anyone starting out in stalking to start wearing ear protection, I have paid the price of not using it , I can only save whats left.
    I can only blame myself and I assure you there was nothing matcho about being given a hearing aid @ 30

    I'll get off that soapbox now

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