I have 2 pair of Electronic ear muffs and 3 pair of non-electronic ear muffs in my range bag. both of the electronic ear muffs hav volume adjustments.
You know that to be wrong....you just won’t admit it. Cheap foams do 26 to 27, the Peltors I bought do 31db. But my point was based in real world testing...not hypotheticals. Foamies work themselves out. Every time you open and close your mouth you change the shape of the ear canal. This is why folks like Hickok 45 use mechanical clamps to apply positive pressure to the silicon plugs they use to maintain a constant seal.
Regardless, when I want the best protection, I’m putting on muffs. If I take electronic noise cancelling I’m adding foam for additional protection. I will never go to a range with in ear only ever again.
I ruined my hearing when I was a pre teen with Colt .45 SAA's and a 1911 by shooting them with no protection. Rifles don't bother me at all. Well there was that one time when I fired my .54 Hawken with the muzzle still inside the shooting house. That puppy was loud!!!! I wear a 30 year old pair of North Gun Mufflers with pistols.I never used hearing protection while hunting. I figured I needed to hear everything I could out in the 'woods, and also I figured that if I did my part all I needed was one shot anyway. Never seemed to notice the noise when shooting game.
Still missing the point. Foamies do well IF THEY STAY IN PLACE. Sure...find a pair of foam ear plugs that provide 50 NRR, who cares if they don't stay in? If you are that one person that never opens or closes his mouth while shooting, then those $0.55 foam plugs will be awesome. 33NRR is huge. Heck, I'll go ahead and but a bunch, BUT FOAM EAR PLUGS WALK OUT. I've already said I use them, but as a cheap backup for those scenarios that I have to adjust my muffs.How about these cheap foamies for $0.55 a pair with a 33NRR? Didn't even try hard to find 'em.
Still missing the point. Foamies do well IF THEY STAY IN PLACE. Sure...find a pair of foam ear plugs that provide 50 NRR, who cares if they don't stay in? If you are that one person that never opens or closes his mouth while shooting, then those $0.55 foam plugs will be awesome. 33NRR is huge. Heck, I'll go ahead and but a bunch, BUT FOAM EAR PLUGS WALK OUT. I've already said I use them, but as a cheap backup for those scenarios that I have to adjust my muffs.
If you use foam earplugs and they work perfectly for you, keep on using them. I have no dog in that fight. Tell everyone you know that they only need a 55 cent investment to protect their hearing. And I'll keep telling people that if they want better assurance at protecting that one thing that they can't replace, use over the ear muffs.
Of course you’re correct. For the most part I’m referring to foamies designed with shooters in mind.xx NRR by itself doesn't mean anything, you have to take into account at which frequency it is measured and how that is done.
Those 33NR amazon foamies are supposed to be better than for example Peltor Optime III muffs, I find that very hard to believe.
On a personal note, I have tried several foam and custom ear plugs and none attenuate as good as a decent set of muffs.
On indoor ranges where also rifles are being shot I usually wear both, you can't be too careful about your hearing.