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On another thread exbiologist made a comment concerning use of a sling. How many of you use one to steady the rifle to shoot in field positions? I do, all I have are military type slings. Learned to use them in the military and have used them ever sense.

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The old leather military sling is probably still the best out there. Too many folks believe that a slings primary purpose as to hang their rifle on their shoulder. If that is the case, the Safari or tactical sling is great. If you want to get off a steady shot, learn to use a rifle sling properly.

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I use a military style sling as well and it is just to steady the rifle. I'm not sure this style would be any advantage on a rifle with the weaker plastic type synthetic stocks. I would think the shooter would have problems applying the exact pressures each time he/she put torc on the stock and it flexed.

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I think if they called a sling something other than a "sling", people might be more inclined to learn to use it. However, most just use it to sling a rifle over their shoulder. I'd be curious to know how many folks were even aware that a sling was designed for something other carrying a rifle.

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I use a sling on whatever firearm I am carrying. I'd say 95 % of the time it is used, it is for carrying purposes. I will use it for shooting if the situation dictates so and actually enjoy using it

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I keep a sling in my pack and use it to carry the rifle after the game is down and I'm headed back to camp.

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I have allways used a sling both to shoot and carry a rifle. I've never had much of a preference though. Military style or whatever seems to work just as well for me as long as their solid and not those damn elastic contraptions.

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I know this thread was directed at "long guns" , but I absolutely hate a sling on a shotgun. In my neck of the woods, shotguns are used primarily for bird hunting. Only place I might find it apicable would be for Turkey. where in most cases you are stationary or should be.
Had a sling on a waterfowling shotgun once and the darned thing was forever getting hung up on gear, blind or something.

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I do

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Pretty much a lost art anymore. I still use mine.

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I do everything I can to shoot from support, but if it isn't available, I rely on the sling. Nothing tightens up support like it.

As far as types go, it depends. When crossing ground to a hunting area, I'm partial to a nice wide pad with grippers that help keep it from slipping. But when I'm carrying the 870 in grizzly country, it's a tactical sling, side swivels, and a collapsible stock that let me carry at the ready and instantly pop it to my shoulder if needed.

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