Shotgun Slings

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Rez, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Rez

    Rez New Member

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    Do you sling your shotgun? I have heard it decreases time that you have to shoot if birds suddenly fly up. Others say that it is too annoying not to have a sling. What are your opinions? Are there any safety hazards that accompany the attachment of a sling?
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    For bird hunting, I do not sling my shotgun. I want it ready for fast action. For tactical situations a sling is invaluable. Setting your long gun down to transition to a hand gun or go hands on would be a really bad idea.
     

  3. tomdpayne

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    Shotgun Sling

    If you are a waterfowl hunter and need to carry decoys, shell bag, Thermos, and other necessary acoutrements to the blind a sling is a good thing.
    Remove it before shooting time. When you throw your gun to your shoulder it will invaribly land on top of the barrel and block your view
     
  4. orangello

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    I'd like to add a question to this related thread.
    What kind of sling for a home defense shotty? My old Mossy has a new stock that came with an attachment point for a sling. It happened to be the same kind as on a stock i removed from my SKS. The sling that came with the SKS won't fit the new SKS stock (tapco).

    The former SKS sling will fit the nub on the new shotgun stock nicely, but i don't want a semi-loose loop of sling around the shell tube on the shotty. How should the front end get slung? Is there some nifty attachment i haven't yet found to ensure free operation of the pump mechanism on ole Mossy?

    No, i don't plan on trooping around the woods with the short barrel on the Mossy, but i don't have another use for the sling or the nub. :eek:
     
  5. matt g

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    I carry a shotgun in a 'ready arms' position while hunting upland game birds. It keeps the muzzle in a safe direction and allows for quick reaction. it also just feel comfortable.

    Once quail are on the wing, they're gone, quick reaction is important.
     
  6. Shotgun Shooter

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    I do not have a sling on either shotgun. I do have a sling on my 22LR, though. Not sure why.

    S.S.
     
  7. masterPsmith

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    If you use a sling in the field while bird hunting, you won't bring home many birds and your family won't eat.:(:(
     
  8. Shotgun Shooter

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    I think most people who use slings on shotguns who have a far distance to walk with something else in their hand. A blind, tree stand, decoys etc.
    I however never felt the need for a sling.

    S.S.
     
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Ever try to drag a deer with your shotgun held in your teeth?

    My sxs's and O/U's have no slings, but the pumps and autos do.
     
  10. IGETEVEN

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    Indeed, I concur.

    Good point, but I have never had the privilege to shot a deer with a shotgun, only 30.06 or .308.
     
  11. Virginian

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    I have a sling for every shotgun I own. Even a slip on one for the SxSs, although I did install the bases on some of those too. I have always carried a lot of stuff with me. Decoys, blind material, an umbrella, water for the dog, shells, food, flashlight... just always a lot of stuff. I do not shoot with the sling on if I can help it.
     
  12. c3shooter

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    In an number of the Eastern States (and in portions of Virginia, my home state) only legal firearm for deer IS a shotgun w/ buckshot.

    PS- Virginian- what part of the Old Dominion?
     
  13. Shotgun Shooter

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    Sucks. Here in NY you can only use slugs for deer in a shotgun with at least a 20ga.

    S.S.
     
  14. orangello

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    OK, so it seems that a shotgun sling should be removable & its use or non-use should be determined by relevant circumstance.

    I'll see about rigging the sling for quick removal/reinstallation.

    I find myself wondering if anyone sells a retractable sling, kinda like a seatbelt with the base at one attachment point & a quick-connect device on the end of the belt to attach to the other attachment point. The base with spool of sling/belt could be mounted on the side or bottom of the buttstock. I wonder if anyone's been bored enough to build that?