I have a question for all you big bore guys. When you are in the backcountry walking or hunting, do you wear hearing protection?
I am a nut for listening to the sounds of the forest or desert and getting clues as to what's happening around me. You know, Situational Awareness.
What I have left of my ears would be permanently damaged from anything 357 and up. and maybe even that 327fedmag, which I discovered can be quite painful.
How do you reconcile the dichotomy? Bigger is better, but worse. Electronics?
You're absolutely right. I wear electronic hearing muffs while hunting for this reason. Going on a hike in bear country? I wouldn't be wearing them. In the cold I usually wear a bomber style had that affords some reduction of the sound.
If you're worried, a lower pressure round is probably the better option in addition to hearing protection when reasonable. Here, the big bores take the cake.
Bigger isn't worse unless velo goes big too, my opinion. Still not good for you, but I'll risk a shot or two. I don't wander, fish, with protection, in/on, but have with me to use if time and critter permits. My take is if velo kept subsonic, each step up in bore takes you more from BANG ! to a softer BOOOM ! Hence so many 480 loads here have been Missouri 340gr on 8 grs of TB. Velo 750 from 4 5/8" BSBH. NOT a bear load, put in another light, a 44spec with another 100 grs of bullet... It's beyond my ken as to which powder might also make the report the mildest, but kinda TB may be it ? With that said, just ordered more bullets from Sixshot..
I wear electronic muffs when hunting as they allow me to hear deer walking without the deer being in my lap. Wear them up above my ears in box blinds and pull down as needed. If something big is about to hurt you and I mean danger close,or is on top of you trying to stomp a mud hole in you, you will not hear the blast. The shot is a VERY muffled thump more felt than heard. Not a bear but a 1265 # range bull on top and mad. Thank god he didn't have horns, claws or teeth. 6 rounds of 9mm very close to my head and no ringing at all.The Adrenalin dump is massive, took a while to really feel the broken ribs, cuts and stomp marks . Leaves you so tired and mad you wouldn't believe. Also leaves a lasting impression of how fast it can go wrong ,so practice practice practice.
Last Edit: Mar 11, 2020 19:20:12 GMT -5 by junebug
Will consider the in the ear type, Walkers. Have two sets of head phone types now non-E, due to rain damage.
Good to know. I’ve hunted in light rain with Pro-Ear, on stand and a bit of still, without failure. Haven’t tried in a serious Southern rain. Noise suppression muffs have the curious quality of amplifying distant gunshots. For this reason I limit their use on a range. Don’t know about in-ear buds, but you can't track in muffs, it will make you crazy. David Bradshaw
.44 Mag.! Don't know anything about hunting, defending myself, or big bears in general, so take this with as many grn.s of salt as you see fit. While all the other cal. have their advantages over the .44 mag, the 44mag has one that best them all. You can buy some sort of .44 Mag. ammo anywhere. Now somebody start a thread about stories of shooting all your ammo but the last cylinder full (ops), getting some place out in the willy wags with no ammo, or the wrong cal. of ammo. Or maybe those things only happen to me