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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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IMHO you don't need a ported barrel on the Marlin .444 - mine did not have enough recoil to bother with. However, I have shot a lot of IHMSA competition and some of those pistols generated a lot of blast. My suggestion is to always wear both ear plugs and muffs. There are times when I go home after firing big bore rifles with a mild headache from the concussion of muzzle blast and recoil. Even with all this protection I lost 40% of my hearing while working at a government firing range. My hearing aids cost $6,000 a pair, paid for by Worker's Compensation, and do nothing for the constant ringing in my ears that will never go away. Don't take any chances. I wear plugs even when varmint hunting. Remember when the ringing in your ears stops, if it does,those nerves are dead.
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