Suggestions for rifle sling

ndking1126

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How do you want to carry? On your front, back, under arm? Where are your studs/cups? Do you want a shooting aid? Do you shoot off a tripod? Do you want a pad or some flex when carrying?

If I knew a couple of those, I could probably help more…

I use or have used leather match slings, Armageddon Gear, TIS, Specops gear, random cheap slings, etc.

Currently, I am using the Armageddon Gear on one hunting rifle and TIS Quick Cuff on my other. The most important feature in a sling for me is lack of noise when using and ease of adjustment.
Fair questions, and one reason I started to thread is because I don't necessarily know the answer to all of them.

In the past I've carried my rifle on my back, slung over my shoulder in a very traditional way. I've only walked to a deerstand (so not all that far) and always felt it was awkward having a backpack on with it. The idea of all day, multi-day carry made me think I should ask the experts. If there is a standout model that is not the traditional over-the-shoulder, I'm very open to carrying in the front or under the arm.

What I can answer is - my studs are oj the underside at the far ends of the stock like a hunting rifle typically has. I will not be shooting off a tripod and expect to shoot prone. Seems like a pad would be ideal, but not worried about flex.

I'm not tied to a really quick draw, but I don't want a draw that gets caught and snags. I shoot right handed and plan on having an OWB holstered pistol on the same side hip.

Thanks again all!
 
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ndking1126

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I have two slings that I use and recommend.

1. The Magpul MS1 for rugged use and rapid adjustability, or the MS4 (pictured) if you would like to switch between dual and single point attachment. View attachment 281544
2. The SAP Positional rifle sling for serious shooting from all positions. This is my best recommendation if you are looking for a sling that does more than just carry your weapon, it is a positional shooting sling system that will provide much more support and stability when making offhand standing, kneeling, sitting, or prone shots.
View attachment 281545 These slings will do more than you can imagine. For instance, if you use a tripod the sling can be used in several ways to make your setup much more stable.
The propper use of a sling for a rifleman is a class in itself, a lot to learn, but well worth it!

Hope this helps.
Good hunting!
I hadnt really considered a more "tactical" style sling.. I used a single point sling with my M4 because I loved the quick draw, but it sure flopped around easily when walking. I used two point when ruck marching cause it didn't move at all, but takes too long to draw I'd suspect. 3 point slings I found later, and they were pretty solid. They connected to the m4 differently than the studs I've got on my hunting rifle. I'll have to look into that.
 

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I hadnt really considered a more "tactical" style sling.. I used a single point sling with my M4 because I loved the quick draw, but it sure flopped around easily when walking. I used two point when ruck marching cause it didn't move at all, but takes too long to draw I'd suspect. 3 point slings I found later, and they were pretty solid. They connected to the m4 differently than the studs I've got on my hunting rifle. I'll have to look into that.
I would recommend having flush cups installed, one under the forearm, and the other on the left side rear about an inch from the butt. If you are packing in, you can sling your rifle across your front in a patrol carry fashion. Either of the slings I am recommending have enough length and are fast and easy to adjust, so you can come up and shoot. For prone shooting the SAP sling is tops! The Magpul MS1 is probably the one for you, simple, rugged and quick.
 

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I prefer to carry on my front side with bottom or better yet, side mount with flush cups. This puts the barrel down and I put masking tape on it. I do this for speed of engagement. With a std sling, you have to switch under arm or Europeon carry when close to have any engagement speed at all. It also carries more balanced with any pack weight.

I like a bungi and slider for a quick forgiving hasty sling as well as pulling tigh5 for carry.

I really like a cuff because often this has been my best support in the field….shooting over a stump or the like.

I use:


They also make a slip cuff. Both are great, but not quickly adjustable.


I just bought this…haven’t used it hunting yet, but in practice it is quick, quiet and carries nice.


Also pretty good, but no cuff option.
 
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I carried my rifle last year with a padded Vickers blue force gear. Went to flush cups on the left side and really liked the quick adjust tab.


Also these are the QD sling swivels I used. Impossible to accidentally detach.

 

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For years I have used neoprene slings that advertise the same benefits as the claw… but that claw looks like a good one! I want light weight, simplicity, and all day comfort. I also use a old Eberlestock Gunrunner with the built in scabbard. I can snake my rifle out of there over my shoulder almost as fast as a sling. I mostly use the scabbard when I’m climbing hard and trying to get somewhere.
 

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I exclusively backpack mountain hunt for the last several decades. I have pretty much tried them all and always end up coming back to the neoprene Butler Creek. It is simple, light and the give is easy on the shoulder for all day climbing and hiking. It easily adjusts to the fast detach pack attachment systems from Kuiu, Stone Glacier, and Kafaru among others. The other modifications I use are flush cups with quick detach swivels. I have flush cups mounted on the forearm and bottom/rear of the stock replacing standard swivels as well as another flush cup mounted on the side and rear of the stock so that the gun bolt rides AWAY from my back when carrying with the sling across my chest and rifle across my back - KISS method for my slings. I only use/hunt with a bolt rifle. All pretty conservative, but over time it has worked well for me. You will have to find out what works best for you and your style of hunting. This thread provides multiple excellent suggestions for you to experiment with. Good Luck.
 

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I have two slings that I use and recommend.

1. The Magpul MS1 for rugged use and rapid adjustability, or the MS4 (pictured) if you would like to switch between dual and single point attachment. View attachment 281544
2. The SAP Positional rifle sling for serious shooting from all positions. This is my best recommendation if you are looking for a sling that does more than just carry your weapon, it is a positional shooting sling system that will provide much more support and stability when making offhand standing, kneeling, sitting, or prone shots.
View attachment 281545 These slings will do more than you can imagine. For instance, if you use a tripod the sling can be used in several ways to make your setup much more stable.
The propper use of a sling for a rifleman is a class in itself, a lot to learn, but well worth it!

Hope this helps.
Good hunting!


I have been thinking about switching to a tactical sling for the features you mentioned. What is the comfort level of carrying the rifle with this sling?
 

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I like the Outdoor Connection SuperSlings, both padded and non, for their one handed adjustment, colors available and Talon steel swivels.
 

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I have been thinking about switching to a tactical sling for the features you mentioned. What is the comfort level of carrying the rifle with this sling?
These are both 1-1/4" slings. I carry a heavy rifle with them (18 lbs). If I need more comfort the rifle goes in the Eberlestock Phantom pack for the long hike. For general sling carry I am very comfortable with the Magpul MS1. I can patrol carry with it too and shoot rapidly if needed. It is rugged and easily adjustable. It is my choice for bipod or tripod shooting. If I were stalking and expecting to engage targets more freehand I would use the SAP, I can cuff up and make rapid adjustments for standing, kneeling, sitting or prone shooting. It really adds support and stability for position shooting. It is made for shooting, if comfort and carry is all you need go with the Magpul MS1.
 
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