Lightweight rifle sling?

Elite

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What is everyone using for a lightweight sling for sheep hunting? And what is the weight of some of the lighter ones?


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Highestrider

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Agree on the 550 paracord DIY version. Curious if you have looked at any gun sling options that integrate with your pack..
 
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Elite

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Any body have a picture of the homemade ones?


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Highestrider

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Any body have a picture of the homemade ones?


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Not handy but I do happen to have a link to the page I more or less used for instructions:


...there are some easily found YouTube instructionals on the topic too. I bought the needed sling swivel mounts and my local big box..
 

oenanthe

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I make my own using these https://www.midwayusa.com/product/2403860152 with some 1" webbing and a 1" ladderlock https://milspecmonkey.com/store/hardware-diy/996-itw-gt-ruck-1inch-ladderloc.html

I havnt found anything lighter to date.
I did exactly the same 3-4 years ago, and yeah, haven't yet found anything lighter.

Frankly, though, the sling swivels are annoying. The screws tend to loosen often, and the knurled screw heads catch on things a lot. The screws also rust. I've been meaning to replace them with some longer stainless cap screws and add a small locknut.
 

Pro953

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I do not even use the hardware. I just loop the cord though the sling studs and melt it off. I always found the sling swivels would clink, squeak, jingle or bump into something. Simple trilobite weave works great. Have run a few on rifles for over five years now without a failure.

Also a nice long backup piece of cord should you need it. I cut mine off and put it to use on a drag once. Missed the sling on the pack out but was with that hassle.


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RCL

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I was able to pick up several of the Butler Creek mountain slings on sale a year or so ago after a recommendation from someone on this site.
 
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Elite

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What is the weight of the butler creek mountain slings?


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deerkiller

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I bought an all rubber sling at a gunshow a while back, can't recall the name - cut it in 3 equal pcs and sewed 1" webbing on each end for the quick attach. & adjustability - about as simple and lightweight as it gets and haven't given up on little bit of comfort or function carrying - easy peasy …...
 
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Elite

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Kifaru Gun Bearer on your pack, no stinking sling needed.
I have a gun bearer on my pack already but I like to leave my pack at camp sometimes and go get water or hike up somewhere so it is nice having a sling when needed


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Stid2677

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Kifaru Gun Bearer on your pack, no stinking sling needed.
I run the gunbearer too, like to have the rifle hands free without the pack for a variety of reasons. I tried the para cord and it cut into my neck too much. The nylon sling attachments and a sewn 1 inch piece of webbing is about is light as I could come up with. Been using for for years with success.

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550 with a simple slip knot braid where its sits on your shoulder....I found that set up more than adequate for a Kimber MA. As above I stopped using slings at all (5 or 6 years ago) after I fitted a Kifaru Gunbearer.

 

Jacques Etcheverry

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I took apart a cheap binocular chest holder. Ran The elastic webbing through the swivel and sewn up so it was snug to rifle, can be pulled/stretched to fit over me. Super happy with it last 4 years.


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