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I've owned 3 .44 mags, a S&W 629 4", a Ruger Blackhawk Bisley 5.5" and a S&W 4.2" model 69. I always wear double hearing protection when at the range and none bother me. However, I shot a deer with my Bisley and no hearing protection. Only 1 shot taken, but my ears rang for two days. Will never do that again. I now wear sound blocking electronic ear muffs while hunting with a handgun.
My 6" GP100 was bad enough when I shot it while hog hunting. I figured that if .357 Magnum muffled my hearing for a few hours after a shot that there was no way I would shoot my Redhawk with naked ears. I got a set of Walker's electronic earplugs.
 

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With regards to electronic hearing devices (muffs or plugs) is there any security concerns wearing those in the woods, forests or mountains in bear and moose country? Do they pick up all sorts of sounds around you like foot steps and twigs snapping or do they block it? I don't want to be ambushed by a 4 legged or 2 legged predator and not hear it and be caught off guard. I want to be able to hear everything around me.
The Walker's devices actually amplify ambient noises. If there are chirping insects of any sort, it'll drive you nuts if you don't tone them down a bit because they work so well.
 

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How do the Walker's compare to the 3M Peltor's in db reduction and batterly life?

Also, do the Walker's effect situational awareness?

"The biggest downside of the Razor XV is the lack of stereo microphones. Because it only has one microphone, it plays any sounds it picks up in both ears. This means that you can’t tell if a sound is to your left or right. If you’re trying to use electronic ear protection to preserve your situational awareness while shooting, you’ll want to choose a different device."

The ones I have are the ear plug types that use hearing aid batteries. I usually have to put a new set in each time I go hunting. I don't know if the plugs are using that much juice over a few hours or if they are eating the batteries when they're turned off.

As far as situational awareness goes, each ear plug on feeding its own sound, so you can tell where everything is coming from, and they amplify sounds.
 
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