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      The Howard Leights that I use are the best value in the world for electronic muffs. Slim profile, auto shut-off, not as powerful as some of the other ones but I got mine for $42 shipped from Amazon.

      I always use foamies underneath if I'm shooting centerfire / indoor range.

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      http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight...e=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1269925548&sr=8-2

      This is the cheapest I see them on Amazon at the moment but they might come back up at the price I paid.
       
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      I use the howard leight impact sport earmuffs. Low profile and electronic, the low profile will work better for cheek weld during the appleseed.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001T7QJ9O/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00
      +1 all-around. The electronics are so good they enhance your hearing. I do wear plugs inside them, however, as their overall noise reduction is marginal. With the muffs and the plugs, I still hear conversations better than without anything but the noise of the @#$%!& slug-guns being sighted-in doesn't bother me.

      After the noise-makers leave, I just take the muffs off and use nothing but the little plugs.
       
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      Howard Leight Electric EP muffs- $40 from Amazon...

      Probably bad that they have a mini 1/8" input jack to connect an audio source like an iPod, but I use mine for chainsaw work and shoot alone a lot. You still hear every little sound around you, with music kinda muted underneath:

      http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-R-01526-Electronic-Earmuff/dp/B001T7QJ9O

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      Howard Leight Electric EP muffs- $40 from Amazon...

      Probably bad that they have a mini 1/8" input jack to connect an audio source like an iPod, but I use mine for chainsaw work and shoot alone a lot. You still hear every little sound around you, with music kinda muted underneath:

      http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-R-01526-Electronic-Earmuff/dp/B001T7QJ9O

      DrGunner
      +1 on the Howard Leight muffs - worn when shooting pistols and center fire shooting at a range.

      For rimfire rifle only, I wear do-it-yourself molded earplugs....

      http://www.earplugstore.com/custom-diy-ear-plugs.html
       
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      http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight...38872342&sr=8-1&keywords=electronic+ear+muffs

      These are what I use. They work great and turn themselves off to save batteries when you forget to.
      Best I could find at a reasonable price. Batteries last me about a year.
      I just bought some HLs a couple weeks ago, and am happy I did.

      That said, I learned something almost right out of the gate. You have to be careful of your cheekweld with any of these. At the most inopportune moment, the comb of your rifle will break the seal at the bottom, just as a big gun goes off next to you.
      Best to 'double up' with light plugs when a lot is going on on the line.
       
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      http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight...38872342&sr=8-1&keywords=electronic+ear+muffs

      These are what I use. They work great and turn themselves off to save batteries when you forget to.
      Best I could find at a reasonable price. Batteries last me about a year.
      I used mine this morning with a snappy cf. :bthumb:
      This may be a little off subject but here is a question. None of the muffs, either plain or electronic seem to have NRR as good as some of the disposable foam earplugs. I'm sure there are likely some exceptions but the earplugs seem to have a higher NRR. That said my perception is that gun noise (especially the big guns) is lower with muffs even when compared to foam plugs inserted solidly in the ear canal. Is it just me?
      Me too. :confused:
      I just bought some HLs a couple weeks ago, and am happy I did.

      That said, I learned something almost right out of the gate. You have to be careful of your cheekweld with any of these. At the most inopportune moment, the comb of your rifle will break the seal at the bottom, just as a big gun goes off next to you.
      Best to 'double up' with light plugs when a lot is going on on the line.
      Good advice. The H&L fit my big ears well and the low profile help with proper cheek weld.
      I like the quieter than foam corded christmas tree reusable style when I use just the ear insert plugs when circumstances dictate such as, shooting my less than cf loud 17WSM, or when its hot out and muffs during extended shooting make my head boil with sweat running in my eyes.
      I shoot at gravel pits so there is no one next to me shooting to complicate my one man marksmanship show. :rolleyes:
       
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      http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight...38872342&sr=8-1&keywords=electronic+ear+muffs

      These are what I use. They work great and turn themselves off to save batteries when you forget to.
      Best I could find at a reasonable price. Batteries last me about a year.
      The product description says you can play music from your Ipod through these. So, if you are doing this and you turn up the volume - Does the ambient sounds get turned up AND the music? Just one or the other?

      I am happy using my North Sonic II earplugs for shooting and never really saw a need for electronic muffs. But if it would be nice to have some muffs like this for a backup and mainly use them as stereo headphones.

      I think I would really find it too distracting to amplify rustling leaves and such while hunting. Too many mice, squirrels, rabbits, birds,...
       
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