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rifle sling

I read a thread from here that was posted a few years ago talking about slings.

I'm going to get one.  I don't know which one to get though.  I do know it's going to be black tooled leather. 

Are thumb-holes in the sling actually useful? 

If the sling doesn't come with swivels, any recommendations?

 

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The only sling I would

The only sling I would consider buying for myself is a leather military sling. I do have a nylon contraption I got as a gift, don't like it at all. A sling that only carries a rifle over you shoulder isn't much use. Thr military sling will let you wrap your arm in it and gteatly steady the rifle.

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I'll check into them. 

I'll check into them.  As long as nothing on the sling could marr the stock. 

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Ching Sling

If you want leather talk to Andy about a Ching Sling. http://shottist.com/ching.htm He may be able to tool it but I've only seen, and used, oiled leather.

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I have used both a military

I have used both a military sling and one of the more conventional ones that is wider and is not adjustable. While the military type is quicker to get your arm wrapped up in it for a steadier hold it can be done with any of the ones in the market today, just not as easy. The only purpose that I can see with the thumb hole in a sling is to stick your thumb in it, other than that it serves no practical purpose that I know of.

Now for swivels, your rifle may come with them. If not Uncle Mikes has a nice supply to use. They are all quick detachable.

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got one!

I bought the A-1 Murray sling. Black leather w/ blued metal.

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murray is a great choice

murray is a great choice

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slings

For a hunting centerfire rifle sling I personally have always prefered a simple low profile heavy cotton web type sling of my own making. Most of the ones I have on my various rifles were assembled by myself using minimal parkerized hardware obtained from a surplus store, some Uncle Mikes sling swivels, and material from one of 2 large roles of military grade heavy cotton webbing that I picked up years ago. One in olve drab, the other in a dark khaki color. Leather is a second choice for material in a sling, but I really don't like nylon at all when it comes to slings. Nylon slings just slip off my shoulder too easly. I prefere the heavy cotton webbing because it's the only material I've found that on it's own will actually grip better to the surface of my shoulder without having to add a seperate material onto it. It's also comfortable, durable, and non-reflective.

For both my rimfire rifles (Ruger 10/22's) I found that any M1 Carbine sling available at most surplus stores fit's the bill just perfect for light weight rifles like those.

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HMMM

That's something I wouldn't mind tryin' to make. I'm a do it yourself kind of person anyway. Do you just follow an idea of of a another sling? What kind are the dimensions of the strap you used? Is it adjustable?

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Make your own

Yes I basically just follow the design of similar sligs, and yes if you incorporate a long enough length of webbing into your design, it is adjustable. Just make sure the keepers (buckle) are snug and secure. You can do it a couple different ways. 1. use a slide/keeper (buckle)at both ends. Or, 2. box-stitch the stock end to the swivel, use the slide/keeper (buckle) at the forend.

I basically take the length from stock swivel stud to forend swivel stud, then add a bit more than half that. Add metal pressable ends to each end to prevent fraying, or you can fold them over and stitch them. The hardware can usually be found at many surplus stores or online. I forget the exact width of strap I use, but it fits the width of a standard sling swivel. Just make sure it's secure and won't slide loose.

For lighter rifles you can also buy a replica M1 Carbine canvas sling at most surplus stores for about $19 a piece. They work great for rimfire rifles. That's what I've put on both my Ruger 10/22 rifles.

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I have this UltraFlex and

I have this UltraFlex and love it!! It is really comfortable and grips on your shoulder. You can separate the straps for extra security in thick and heavy stuff. Not leather but extremely functional. http://www.specialtyoutdoorproducts.com/

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