A question for right handed shooters:
When carrying your rifle, muzzle up, using an ordinary sling, is it over your right or left shoulder?
Reason I ask is because I always carried mine on my left shoulder. It felt very secure there, even over rough terrain - sling never threatened to slip off my shoulder. Carried sticks in right hand, and found them a useful aid to traversing uneven ground.
However, always a problem then to get rifle off shoulder and onto sticks - both articles have to swap sides and I've only got two hands!
On a recent BASC course it was shown to me that I should carry it over right shoulder, with sticks in left. This then makes it a really simple matter to place rifle on sticks to take a shot. I practiced this manouvre, and it's definitely the way to do it.
So, I've just come back from a couple of hours lamping on foot. Thought I better get used to carrying over right shoulder, but it was awful! Unbalanced and always slipping off. Shoulder and back now aching. And sticks in left hand felt clumsy and awkward to carry. Only good thing was, as I said above, the ease of transition from carrying to shooting position.
How do you guys do it?