The year I passed hunter ed my dad's boss gave me a 1894fg in .41 Remington Magnum. I'm noise sensitive but I love to shoot. From the first time I heard it go off until recently, I've been really skittish around it when it was being used. When I started getting good with that rifle I was using ear plugs and muffs at the same time. At fifty yards I could put 3 cast lead slugs in a 2.85" group off the bench. My rifle prefers cast lead ammo over jacketed. Last year I started using surefire sonic defenders and the hsm bear loads and my groups shrunk. My 1894fg is so picky about ammo. The first box of bear loads I had shot really well and the current box we have ...well, you couldn't buy a decent group. I checked the scope and found out the reticle is canted. After deer season is over I'm going to fix it. I now hunt with dad's 870 express 12 gauge slug gun because I can get really good groups with it at 50 yards with Remington sluggers. I'm still going to use my .41 for groundhogs but until my rifle gets fixed I'm sticking with slugs.