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Unread 10-06-2010, 10:04 PM
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Using a sling

Does anyone use a sling to steady the rifle when you can't use a bipod?
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Unread 10-06-2010, 10:43 PM
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Re: Using a sling

I use a sling almost daily for sitting and prone shots. The sling that I use is a USGI web sling that I learned to use in 1958 with the M1 rifle. They don't look like much in a beauty contest but they are very practical and fast.

Lately I have been practicing out to 800 yards and sure couldn't do any good at all without my sling.

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Unread 10-06-2010, 11:54 PM
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Re: Using a sling

I have a sling on my Howa, I changed how I shoot it recently.

I found that if I had my sling under the sandbag at the forearm when zeroing and such, (the way I used to do it,) the POI was 2moa lower than when I shot it in field positions. I would put the strap under the sand bag because it would have more stability.

I concluded that the bag was holding the rifle down during recoil, but with no tension on the strap it was free to naturally elevate with recoil.

I'm wondering if the POI changes using the strap tight against your arm, like the strap being tight against the sandbag?

EDIT: I tested that idea again a few days ago, I concluded that my scope was screwing with me. My POI didn't change at all this time... I need a better scope.

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