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Old 05-20-2020, 03:40 PM
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Noise Level

For indoors noise level is especially important.
anyone have an idea as to the noise level of a .357 3inch vs a Makarov?
Thanks, Jerry
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Old 05-20-2020, 03:55 PM
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Makarov rounds are typically quite loud.

Maybe not as bad as your run of the mill.357 mag round, but quite loud. I shot a round out of my Makarov without hearing protection once. I will not do that again.
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Old 05-20-2020, 07:16 PM
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Loud enough to damage your hearing.
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Old 05-20-2020, 07:19 PM
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I always double up on hearing protection (plugs & muffs) when shooting indoors. Not so much because of my own firearms, but because some dingus always shows up with a 7.62 shorty M1A with a muzzle break while I'm there.
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:30 AM
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If you are really concerned about noise level-learn to love the .44 Spl and .45 Colt. Lowest pressure centerfire rounds. A .45 COLT round has about 10 less decibels sound energy than a .357 mag. Does not sound like much-but sound energy Doubles with every 3 dbl. increase.

https://pulsarinstruments.com/en/pos...nding-3db-rule.

Some of you know I negligently fired a .44 Spl in my house. No ear ringing, not even any ear pain. Just a sort of loud noise. OTOH, I once experienced a .44 mag fired close by with one ear protection muff partly off on an indoor range-bad news. Really. (I now always use plugs and muffs.) Incidentally, the best plugs bar none are Skullcaps. Available on Amazon.

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Old 05-21-2020, 08:51 AM
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If you have an Smart-phone there are Noise measuring apps. You can measure the noise level.

Our USPSA Open shooters are the loudest by far. But rifle calibers aren't allowed indoors!

I use "Sound Meter"!

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Old 05-21-2020, 09:07 AM
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I always double up on hearing protection (plugs & muffs) when shooting indoors. Not so much because of my own firearms, but because some dingus always shows up with a 7.62 shorty M1A with a muzzle break while I'm there.
I got a giggle out of this. I have a .300 WBY Mag that's got a brake installed. It tends to turn heads once you touch a round off. Made the mistake of shooting that thing outside without hearing protection once so I would know what it would be like in the field. I will never do so again. I was certain the ringing of tinnitus was going to be permanent.

As for the topic at hand, I might suggest doubling up on hearing protection for larger rounds like that.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:57 AM
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Actually you can go even lower with .455 Eley.

[QUOTE=Oldguy9;13161442]If you are really concerned about noise level-learn to love the .44 Spl and .45 Colt. Lowest pressure centerfire rounds. A .45 COLT round has about 10 less decibels sound energy than a .357 mag. Does not sound like much-but sound energy Doubles with every 3 dbl. increase.

https://pulsarinstruments.com/en/pos...nding-3db-rule.

I am only running a 262 grain slug at 630 FPS out of my Colt new service revolvers. I do not make a habit out of it. But I shoot them without hearing protection once in a while. Not that bad really.
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:45 AM
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I think a person should wear hearing protection when shooting anything but an air rifle. Most will damage your hearing.
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