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jidokenju
05-08-2011, 4:02 PM
Hello all,
For shooting mostly indoors, which of these earmuffs would be better?
Howard Leight R-01523 Leightning
(http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-R-01523-Leightning-Lightweight/dp/B001BL04PS/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t)
or

Caldwell Emax Low Profile (http://www.amazon.com/Caldwell-MAX-Profile-Electronic-Muffs/dp/B001B8ONZI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)

Your help is appreciated.

stangman86gt
05-08-2011, 4:22 PM
both are pretty low on the noise reduction rating. I have these, and they work very well for me.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=524517

these are sitting at an nrr of 30

mic

Skunk2Racer
05-08-2011, 4:26 PM
I have same Howard leight but mine are 27db reduction

wang949
05-08-2011, 5:12 PM
I have the Caldwells. Shooting indoors, they leave my ears slightly uncomfortable in terms of noise reduction. I have to use earplugs in conjunction with the caldwells.

cruising7388
05-08-2011, 5:17 PM
Hello all,
For shooting mostly indoors, which of these earmuffs would be better?
Howard Leight R-01523 Leightning
(http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-R-01523-Leightning-Lightweight/dp/B001BL04PS/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t)
or

Caldwell Emax Low Profile (http://www.amazon.com/Caldwell-MAX-Profile-Electronic-Muffs/dp/B001B8ONZI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)

Your help is appreciated.

I chose he impact R-01526 because they are electronic rather than passive and at around fifty bucks they are a good buy for this type of protection.

X-NewYawker
05-08-2011, 5:21 PM
Check out PRo-ears ratings. If you can swing it, you will be glad to have electronic muffs. If you're shooting magnums inside, you should have ear plugs AND muffs.

FourLoko
05-08-2011, 5:24 PM
Just checked my fancy Pletor, 3M electronic jobbers, only 20db rating. Crap.

Gotta make sure I double up, even outdoors. Got some cheap Howard Leight foamies that claim 30db.

Army
05-08-2011, 5:50 PM
Howard Leight makes a 32 non-electronic. Doubled with plugs, would discount nearly any firearm indoors.

railroader
05-08-2011, 5:50 PM
I had an older pair of the big muff caldwells. They were just acceptable. I now am using peltor tactical classic 7 muff which are great but they are pricey. Another option is at walmart I saw some electronic muffs for about $25 in the gun section. Those you could try and if they aren't what you want they would be easy to return.

Kodemonkey
05-08-2011, 5:57 PM
Howard Leight makes a 32 non-electronic. Doubled with plugs, would discount nearly any firearm indoors.

I concur. Had these until I bought some electronic peltors and I think they were 25db. You could tell the difference. Plus the slow cutoff time irritate the heck out me. It was too sensitive and would cutout when I would talk, or walk on gravel, or if there was a fly buzzing around...

Then I tried pro ears gold. EXPENSIVE, but when or if they break I will buy another set. There is a reason all the ROs at my IDPA club uses them.

But if you can't afford high rated electronics, get the good ole regular ones. The Howard Leights are super comfortable - and cheap.

Javi
05-08-2011, 5:58 PM
Hello all,
For shooting mostly indoors, which of these earmuffs would be better?
Howard Leight R-01523 Leightning
(http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-R-01523-Leightning-Lightweight/dp/B001BL04PS/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t)
or

Caldwell Emax Low Profile (http://www.amazon.com/Caldwell-MAX-Profile-Electronic-Muffs/dp/B001B8ONZI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top)

Your help is appreciated.

Hey dude,

I own the Howards that you first linked. I went for them because they were a great price and they were slim, which I wanted to use my rifle with. The slim-ness definitely helps me, I can get a much more comfortable cheek weld on my stock. I'm shooting a .22 AR so the sound reduction is good on there but when I'm in an indoor range, OTHER guns are too loud. I keep forgetting to double up but I bet it will help greatly. The foamies I have were $0.50 so no biggie. If your just shooting pistol, maybe you should go with the thicker style muffs that are 30db+ rated

jidokenju
05-08-2011, 6:26 PM
Thanks for the suggestions guys. Keep 'em coming if you got 'em.
Are the Howard Leights with plugs going to be enough?

jessegpresley
05-08-2011, 6:41 PM
Buy the $300 Pro Ears with a NRR rating of 33. You only have 1 set of ears, treat them nice.

Kodemonkey
05-08-2011, 6:42 PM
These are the ones I have. They are more bulky, but they have a NRR of 30db. Indoors, I would still double up with plugs. But outdoors they are fine for me. Usually I use foam plugs outside with my M4 and 12 gauge. Just make sure you Install the plugs correctly

="http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-1010924-Leightning-L3/dp/B0007X9QKK/ref=sr_1_24?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1304905070&sr=1-24"

Kodemonkey
05-08-2011, 6:45 PM
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Furncliff
05-08-2011, 6:58 PM
I have a pair of the Howard L. that are collapsable and fit in my range bag nicely, but recently got a pair of the muffs from Midway.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=524517

These are much better, better than the price would indicate.

Tom

Old4eyes
05-08-2011, 7:20 PM
I use the Caldwell low profile on outdoor ranges. If I've got someone shooting a high power rifle next to me, they are inadequate and I need to double up with earplugs. That's not a real bad thing, cheap electronic amplifiers that boost the quiet time with their amplifiers coupled with ear plugs still allow me to hear range commands.

Caldwell does make a another unit which is not low profile and has a db rating of 25 rather than 23. If you are not shooting a rifle/shotgun this might be a better choice, and they are a few bucks cheaper (at Midway).

Fishslayer
05-08-2011, 7:29 PM
I have to use earplugs in conjunction with the caldwells.

^^^ This. Unless you're going to go with BIG$$$ muffs, plugs + muffs is the way to go, IMO.

I use the cheapo silicone Winchester plugs from Walmart (They work VERY well on their own, BTW. Much better than I expected for the price) and a set of "OK" muffs over them.

bombadillo
05-08-2011, 7:41 PM
I broke the Howard Leight within less than a year. I am disappointed and going to buy the E-Max Caldwell 25nrr muffs next. My last one was the Leightning N1 I believe and the tab that held the whole head band on just snapped off. This was regular use, no abuse at all. I take great care of my things and I am really disappointed it just broke.