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Anybody have any recommendations for their favorite shooting earplugs?

I've owned several pairs of the custom molded earplugs, but they always seem to wear out and come loose in my ear. And for the $45 I pay for each set, I would think something is available out there that will last longer and cost much less.

Any favorites?

Where can they be found?

Thanks,

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These work well for me. I now much prefer them to the custom molded ones.

They're only $12.95. I've used my first set regularly since early spring, and they're still in good shape.
 

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Nice!

Thanks for the recommendation.

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The Sonic Defenders only have a reduction of 16 db and that is with the stoppers closed.

Double that lever is obtained with most cheap roll up plugs.
 

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According to the website above, that's pretty good protection.
 

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The pink max-1 are the best for me, i have 4 pr of molded ones and none of them seal up. I would like to try a pr of the ones from Big Papa,but i know the max -1 work...Joe
 

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Personally I use custom molded and muffs anything less and my tinitus gets worse. Foamies offer about the same as a good set of customs if they are inserted all the way into the ear. If you can see the end sticking out when looking in the mirror you are getting a lot less protection than the rated 30db. Probably only 10 to 15 db. Used to use them until I got good customs.

For customs I dont use the instant ones, but ones that are made at a lab from the impressions. It allows the plugs to be made larger to seal better than the instant mold type customs. They also last longer. I have a set that is probably 10 years old and still going strong.
 

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If you know how to insert them correctly, I found the disposable ones worked best. I bought a box of 200 pairs for $30 and they are rated 33 decibels. Hard to beat.
 

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I've never had a custom molded set that had an NRR as high as what I can get with foam plugs. After I lost one of the last pair of customs I had and found out what a PITA they were to replace, I junked the customs and went strictly with foam. I use the Howard Leigh MAX plugs with the NRR of 33.

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Cheap foam ones, as noted above, if inserted properly, offer excellent noise reduction and hearing protection, at low cost.
 

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Like Shrek says,the earplug store has a deal where you buy a test pack with seven diferant types of ear plugs to try,they are the no roll up style,and when you find the ones you like best,you can order just that style.I think the test pack is eight or nine bucks.Great ear plugs and they are washable.
 

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Foam plugs are light years ahead of custom molded

Bottom line is custom molded wont work for several reasons in long term hearing protection

foam and muffs together will give you protection

regards from Iowa

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If you have a small ear canal you might try the Hearos which you can get at Walgreens and CVC. Nice and soft and seal real nice.
 

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I love the Surefire plugs when I'm shooting alone but they are not enough protection with a squad of 5.

I'm using the cheap throw away foam plugs but would like something with a NRR in the same range that is not disposable.
 
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