rifle slings

keith rippin

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#1
Have been looking at various three part rifle slings as the usual type tends to slide off my shoulder. The Z aim seems to be the most likely to suit but there have been comments critisizing that part of the sling which goes round the pistol grip as apparently it can interfere with the grip and sometimes get jammed under the bolt- does this in practice create a problem and, if so, cannot the relevant part of the sling be attached to the sling swivel on the underside of the butt instead of going round the pistol grip? - There is probably an obvious flaw in my suggestion which perhaps the more experienced on the site would kindly point out.
 
#2
Have been looking at various three part rifle slings as the usual type tends to slide off my shoulder. The Z aim seems to be the most likely to suit but there have been comments critisizing that part of the sling which goes round the pistol grip as apparently it can interfere with the grip and sometimes get jammed under the bolt- does this in practice create a problem and, if so, cannot the relevant part of the sling be attached to the sling swivel on the underside of the butt instead of going round the pistol grip? - There is probably an obvious flaw in my suggestion which perhaps the more experienced on the site would kindly point out.
I used a Z aim sling for a short while myself and did encounter both the problems you've mentioned, especially the loop getting jammed under the bolt. It could be worth trying to mount it the rear stud. Personally I bought an Allen rifle sling with the 'grippy' rubber shoulder pad and now have one on all my rifles as it makes carrying even a heavy rifle easy work as it doesn't slip at all.
 
#5
Install a sling retaining detail on the shoulder of your shooting jackets. These can be made from stacked fabric, leather or even an antela off cut. The key consideration is getting the positioning right prior to stitching so have someone on hand to pin it in place as you find the sweet spot with rifle at the shoulder. I find its higher than you imagine for max slip-free comfort. Be generous with the hight of whatever you use.

Something like this is the ideal but remember to use a corresponding peice of wide leather beneath to limit stress on garment fabric:

 
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Monkey Spanker

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#8
I had a Z Aim which I thought was rubbish! Very flimsy and wore through the straps in about a year of use.
I also rate the Quake Claw! Very comfy, strong, and doesn't slip!
MS
 

Freeforester

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#9
Get a sling made up with an Equus type rubber rein grip, had one on my rifle the last ten years, never slips in anY position, until you take the tension off it; otoh, carried a guest's rifle the other day, neoprene wide sling - couldn't get the rifle to stay anywhere, absolute pita.
 
#11
Get a sling made up with an Equus type rubber rein grip, had one on my rifle the last ten years, never slips in anY position, until you take the tension off it; otoh, carried a guest's rifle the other day, neoprene wide sling - couldn't get the rifle to stay anywhere, absolute pita.
I know the type you mean. Armstrongs of Nottingham and the Skipton Shooting Lodge offred them for many years back in the day.

Sadly mine succumbed to a chemical reaction with gun oil, solvent or a fluid unkown and the rubber started to dissolve, leaving an appalling mess on anything it came in contact with.
 

keith rippin

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#14
Thanks guys - it looks as if the Claw is most favoured although I do now recall that a well known UK camo clothes manufacturer used to include a button on the shoulder of the jacket to prevent slippage. Does anyone have any thoughts on a biathlon type sling? - biathlon competitors always make the slings look secure when carrying and very easy and quick to un-sling and re-sling whilst competing - there must be some good reason why the biathlon type slings are not seen on hunting rifles but I am uncertain why this should be - please could someone enlighten me
 

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