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Guide Gun: Ported vs Non-ported

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Does anyone here have actual experience comparing the Guide Gun in the ported vs non-ported configurations? I love my GG but those ports scare me for hunting use. My ears ring bad enough as it is without subjecting them to even a shot or two without hearing protection (I'll never even feel it in the heat of the hunt). I see guys displaying their machismo by walking around the range without ear plugs/muffs all the time. Most of them will be deaf at an early age...if not already. Hearing is one of those gifts that you don't really begin to appreciate until you start hearing crickets chirping in the winter, or have to keep saying "huh?" all the time. Loud music doesn't help either.

Anyway, to get back to the subject, do the ports really do that much for recoil reduction? Seems I recall someone around here having their barrel lopped off behind the ports at one time.
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You might want to take a peek at the tech notes on the .444. I believe Marshall compares the ported and unported version of the .444 which, the way he loads them, is in the same category as the 45-70.

In general, the porting noise issue is overblown, a muzzle break is another issue altogether. Porting pretty much kicks the gas straight up in order to reduce muzzle rise, which is a great thing when target shooting. The muzzle break actually directs some of the gas in a somewhat rearward angle to really help eliminate the actual felt recoil of a rifle. I will NEVER shoot a rifle or pistol with a muzzle brake attached without a bare minimum of ear plugs, and you'd be very wise to follow that lead if you're concerned with you're hearing. Shooting a magnum rifle with a muzzle brake and ear plugs is like shooting the same rifle with no earplugs with the brake taken off.

In shooting a Taurus Raging Bull in .480, which is ported, I don't notice any more muzzle blast than with a unported 44 magnum. That shooting was done on an indoor range with ear muffs and ear plugs, shooting the two revolvers back to back.
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