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    Rifle sling?

    Probably seems like an irrelevant piece of kit. But I've just picked up my new stalking rifle and I need a sling for it. Is there any pros/cons to having leather or synthetic. What do you prefer and why? Probably seems like a stupid question but I've been looking on the web and tthere are hundred available and I've got no idea what I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim123 View Post
    Probably seems like an irrelevant piece of kit. But I've just picked up my new stalking rifle and I need a sling for it. Is there any pros/cons to having leather or synthetic. What do you prefer and why? Probably seems like a stupid question but I've been looking on the web and tthere are hundred available and I've got no idea what I want.
    ive got A niggeloh backpack sling which I love makes a long stalk more comfortable that's for sure but never really favoured one fabric over the other to be honest.......

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    Had both, no preference - whatever looks best on the rifle

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    Hi Tim123,

    Go for one with a non slip broad strap to spread the load and stop it sliding off your shoulder when stalking.
    Willie

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    Actually if you stop and think about it the choice becomes easier.

    First you have to decide what you want FROM the sling.

    Do you want a simple carrying strap?

    Or one that keeps the rifle right back when slung to allow both hands free for other things?

    Do you wish to use it as a shooting aid?

    Once you decide on what you want from the sling then you can look at what is on offer or can be made for you.

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    If your carrying a rifle in the mountains where you want it to stay on your shoulder with hands free, you want a narrow sling not more than 1". a narrow sling will "dig" into your shoulder and stay there. Wide slings slip off the shoulder and require to use a hand to constanly locate them. i stay away from leather as it gets soggy and dries out slowly, rusting sling sling swivels.

    You can make a good sling yourself for a few dollars, using 1" hush stalker attachments, 1" webbing tibe from a outdoors shop, a bit of hockey stick handle tape and a couple of "keepers".

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    I picked up a "WideTrack" sling for my 10-22 yesterday, cost me tenner from Ian Hodge Field Sports. It's probably not what you'd stick with but it would get you started and you' might then have a better idea of what you really want. My heavier 17HMR has a wide, neoprene sling that is very comfortable but does slip off the shoulder as Mountainstalker points out, so I would suggest that you get one that adjusts quite easily so that you can sling it on your opposite shoulder, (over your head) for more secure walking because it is a pain having to hold the rifle.

    Paul

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    I have a bi athlon type sling which is just superb for carrying my AICS Remmy 700, equal distribution of weight on both shoulders and works so well with the side plate fixings on the AICS. My physio also agrees its a good idea. Am not sure how they work with conventional place sling fixing positions. I alco have a flexible neoprene butler creek sling which is also very good.

    D

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    Your question is a very good one considering the combined cost of your scope and rifle as well as the safety aspect of the rifle coming off your shoulder accidentally.
    Be careful of "chicago screws" if your sling has them fitted.
    The damn things can unscrew unnoticed if they are not secured with loctite or similar and the rifle drops off your shoulder. That happened to me but luckily the rifle dropped a short distance onto tussocky grass and no harm done.

    I prefer the "Uncle Mike's" brand now, they have a buckle at each end and you can see it's secure, not pricey either.

    fraser
    Last edited by private fraser; 17-08-2012 at 10:26.

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    Quite like the Z sling, allows you to use both hands but unclips quickly

    http://www.casstrom.co.uk/epages/Cas.../Products/9902
    Better barbarity than boredom

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