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Guide Gun: Ported vs Non-ported

5655 Views 9 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  Marshall Stanton
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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I've fired my .444 Ported Outfitter many times on game, and can't see two cents worth of difference in perceived muzzle blast than when shooting under similar circumstances with the standard model .444. I've experienced no ringing in the ears post-shooting under hunting conditions.

I too greatly value what's left of my hearing, and when shooting off a bench, always use both plugs and muffs, regardless of what I'm shooting, just to protect my hearing. However, under hunting conditions and field experience in many types of weather, I've not found any adverse effects of firing my ported Marlin without hearing protection.


God Bless,

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