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Old 12-07-2003, 12:19 PM
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I have developed an inner ear problem in my right ear and would appreciate recomendations on a deer gun that isn't terribly loud?? I went from a 30-06 to a 12 guage slug gun but that still gets the ears a ringing. I hunt thicker cover so all my shots at deer are from 40-70 yards.
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Old 12-07-2003, 12:31 PM
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Look at a different (smaller or ML) caliber or a set of "ears". I think several models can filter out the high decibels of a gun shot.
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Old 12-07-2003, 12:34 PM
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Try a 30-30. They have a very small amount of noise and recoil. It will also easily kill deer out to 100 yards.
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Old 12-07-2003, 01:10 PM
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Ive got a Ruger carbine in a 44 magnum. It is a semiauto rifle and looks and feel like a Ruger 10/22, but shoots 44 magnum ammo, hardly any recoil and sounds about like a 410 shotgun, fairly quiet and perfect for what you described, shoots good out to 100 yds. They also make a lever and bolt action version of this caliber, Hornady anls has ammo thats slightly hotter than typical pistol ammo ands is perfect for rifles.
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Old 12-07-2003, 02:04 PM
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Forget short barreled guns and go with a cartridge such as the 257roberts or 7mm-08 with at least a 22" and preferably a 24" barrel.
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Old 12-07-2003, 02:18 PM
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just curious, did your ear problem develop from using a gun without ear protection?
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Old 12-07-2003, 03:55 PM
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Thanks for the input guys hope for some more ideas. The last 15 years I have always worn high quality muffs whenever shooting any gun at the range and custom fit ear plugs in the duck blind. Before that I didn't, so maybe thats where the damage came from. I can also remember leaving the range once and someone shot a highpower rifle and it seemed to catch me just right when I was walking past him from behind.

Also, my wife has never shot a gun but had ear problems when she was a kid and she has similar problems, just not as bad, so who knows.....

All I can say is protect your hearing guys. I'm going to an ear specialist to make sure I have no plug of wax or other problem in my right ear becasue the ringing stinks.
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Old 12-07-2003, 03:55 PM
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I'd also recommend a 44 magnum rifle. It has light recoil and much less noise than many. Mine is a Marlin 1894 carbine. I took a buck with it this year...went through the lungs and the 240 grain hollow point left a large exit wound. I am like you...I hunt in the woods at shorter ranges. I own several other rifles, but the 44 is a joy for this type of hunting. In fact, I don't even have a scope on mine...just a Williams receiver sight...it's great in rain and snow. Also, it doesn't detract from the marvelous way a lever gun balances in your hand as you carry it. Sometimes I think we have ventured too far away from the basics. I know I did for years. Hey, it works for me! Good luck.

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Old 12-07-2003, 04:49 PM
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Since all your shots seem to be at short range why not try 000 buck instead of slugs? More friendly on your shoulders too.
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Old 12-07-2003, 06:27 PM
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Buckshot is illegal in PA.

I must admit I know very little about rifles except that high powers a very loud. Two people so far have recommended the 44 magnum. I would think a 44 would be very loud like a 44mag pistol but I'm listening carefully here before I run out and buy something. I was thinking everyone would say the 30-30 or the 257 Roberts.
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