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    Very much personal preference between the in-ears and over-ears. If you're normally into the type of headphones that work by retention inside the ear canal you'd probably like these.

    The only in-ears I've tried are the Walker Razor XV... fantastic set of ear pro if you're into that style, I assume it's pretty comparable to these Sig ones. Really wanted to love them, because they're a lot cooler in the summer than the big cans, but find this style super uncomfortable and annoying... just personal preference.

    In the over-ear department, I've tried Howard Leight Impact Sport, Howard Leight Impact Pro, Walker Razor, Walker Ultimate Power Muff, and Peltor Sport Tac 500. Only the Peltors remain, and I'm super happy with them (particularly after adding gel cups and a padded headband wrap). You really do get what you pay for with these things, especially if you plan on wearing them for hours at a time.
     

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    I shot a good bit of clays (w/o hearing protection), listened to some really loud music, worked around loud machinery, and had a bit of childhood lead exposure. I'm trying to save what's left of my hearing. I tried over-ear protection but it did not work well for conversations in the duck blind. I was interested if the in-ear models really enhanced low dB noise while suppressing high dB gun and other noise.
     

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    Very much personal preference between the in-ears and over-ears. If you're normally into the type of headphones that work by retention inside the ear canal you'd probably like these.

    The only in-ears I've tried are the Walker Razor XV... fantastic set of ear pro if you're into that style, I assume it's pretty comparable to these Sig ones. Really wanted to love them, because they're a lot cooler in the summer than the big cans, but find this style super uncomfortable and annoying... just personal preference.

    In the over-ear department, I've tried Howard Leight Impact Sport, Howard Leight Impact Pro, Walker Razor, Walker Ultimate Power Muff, and Peltor Sport Tac 500. Only the Peltors remain, and I'm super happy with them (particularly after adding gel cups and a padded headband wrap). You really do get what you pay for with these things, especially if you plan on wearing them for hours at a time.
    Ever Shot a magnum pistol with these? I have been looking into this for years to shoot deer with a 44mag revolver. Also how long can you wear them and can you hear normal until you shoot?
     

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    Ever Shot a magnum pistol with these? I have been looking into this for years to shoot deer with a 44mag revolver. Also how long can you wear them and can you hear normal until you shoot?
    Obviously you have to have ear protection while sighting in ! But I've been hunting with 454 Casull, and 45-70 Contener for years without ever having any hearing protections.. I've never once remember the sounds effecting me!
     

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    Obviously you have to have ear protection while sighting in ! But I've been hunting with 454 Casull, and 45-70 Contener for years without ever having any hearing protections.. I've never once remember the sounds effecting me!
    No way I am shooting a revolver with out hearing protection. Esp a Magnum. I shot a 357 once without protection and thought I shot myself. Ears rang for a week.
     
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    I'm thinking that just because one does not "notice" the sound due to the adrenaline spike when shooting game does not mean that physical damage to hearing is not occurring. (No, I'm not a EMT - but I was an amateur gynecologist in college.)
     

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    I'm thinking that just because one does not "notice" the sound due to the adrenaline spike when shooting game does not mean that physical damage to hearing is not occurring. (No, I'm not a EMT - but I was an amateur gynecologist in college.)
    I notice. I have a AR10 with a 16" Barrel. Shot it in a deer stand last year and it was awful. Going to be interesting to see how these work.
     

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    Ever Shot a magnum pistol with these? I have been looking into this for years to shoot deer with a 44mag revolver. Also how long can you wear them and can you hear normal until you shoot?
    Not sure exactly which set you were asking about, but I've shot a 44mag with the Peltor 500's outdoors and it's fine. I've worn these for 6 hours comfortably. The gel ear pads and headband wrap really help.

    The benefit of the electronic (vs passive) ear pro is that you can carry on a normal conversation and regular volume with them on, but they activate at a certain decibel level to clip out gunfire.
     

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    Not sure exactly which set you were asking about, but I've shot a 44mag with the Peltor 500's outdoors and it's fine. I've worn these for 6 hours comfortably. The gel ear pads and headband wrap really help.

    The benefit of the electronic (vs passive) ear pro is that you can carry on a normal conversation and regular volume with them on, but they activate at a certain decibel level to clip out gunfire.
    I was referring to the ear bud type like in the original post.
     

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    I was referring to the ear bud type like in the original post.
    Website says they're 29 NRR which would be fine for most gunfire outdoors.

    Most electronic over-ears are in the 22-27 NRR range, and the cheap little foamie things are usually 29-33 NRR.
     

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    I can't speak for the Sig but I have several pair of Walker hearing protectors. I have the VX and the VX 3.0 ear buds. They do a great job of blocking the impulse noise from shooting. I am almost deaf so I have to wear hearing aids. With these I was able to remove my hearing aids and put these in my ears. The VX worked great at allowing me to hear range commands and blocking shooting noise. Then they quit working. Walker sent me the VX 3.0 to replace them (they were under warranty). Could not hear people talking over the back ground noise and have been unable to adjust to filter out the background without removing the nearer sounds (people talking). Walker sent me a replacement set of the VX and now they do the same thing as the VX 3.0. I think it's a software problem. But I will say that Walker's customer service was wonderful. After posting a negative comment about the VX 3.0, they were contacting me thru the retailer I bought them from. Now I also have a pair of Walker Razor Slim ear muffs. They work great! Block noise and I can hear people talking clearly. I look at db reduction rating when purchasing hearing protection. The ear buds seem to provide better protection than muffs and less bulky when shooting rifles but the ear buds can cause some ear canal soreness after extended periods of wearing.
     

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