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Shotgun sling

Postby winchester1852 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:44 pm

Is buying a shotgun sling worth it or dose it get in the way when shooting :huh:
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby retired » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:18 pm

The sling is great if you have to walk out in rice or refuges for duck & goose hunting. You can take it off when you get to were you are hunting.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby clampdaddy » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:57 pm

I carry my gun to and from the blind in a floating case that has a sling on it. That seems to be when my guns used to get banged up the worst.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby daffy... » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:38 am

clampdaddy wrote:I carry my gun to and from the blind in a floating case that has a sling on it. That seems to be when my guns used to get banged up the worst.



i tried that. to bulk when having to carry a gun and a back pack and decoys. also i would forget to take it out when i got home and it would lock in mositure big time. i rock a paracord sling (survival sling) my girl friend tied up. i bet is you PMed grunt_doc hed tye you up one of his dope knots, also makes a hell of a call lanyard and dog callor
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby aunt betty » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:19 am

YES! It's worth the trouble to put a sling onto your shotgun.

Here is why:
When you get out of the blind what do you do with your shotgun? Leave it or bring it?
A guy with a sling will always bring it.
He might be retrieving a duck or out messing with decoys but either way it's a good idea to have a shotgun at all times when hunting waterfowl. Even when he takes a whiz. You can actually have two hands free while at the same time holding your shotgun on your shoulder.

Really...here is why:
Once I got out of the blind to turn a decoy that had blown over in the wind. I took my shotgun. While I was walking out of the blind a Bull Sprig flew by and I shot it. SWEET! It gets better. I got out to the decoy and was sending my dog to get that pintail when a OMG Bull Canvasback flew by and I shot it too. Had already shot a drake GWT, a Drake Mallard, and after I got back into the blind I got a drake Wigeon. That made 5 drakes, 5 species.

I got this picture before I dropped the camera into the water and before I shot that wigeon.
Dangit. I was torqued about the can and pintail. Should have had a sling on the camera. :mad:
Think about where you'd keep your shotgun in a flooded blind like that. Hang it up somehow I guess. (sling)
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby winchester1852 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:52 pm

good points (sling) = very useful :yes:
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby rikasam2013 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:57 am

I've been hunting for 35 years and I hunt with 12 different shotguns, all have a sling of some sort on them. I bought a browning citori the other day, it really hurt to drill a hole in this brand new stock for a sling stud but I did and I am glad.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby apexhunter » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:03 am

I've always ised a sling for waterfowl hunting (unless I was field hunting) as one should always have their gun at the ready for when a flock surprises you or you are retrieving a cripple. The problem is that some are a PITA to adjust but my brother got a Browning Accelerator sling with the one handed adjustment and it is awesome (except that it needs about 3" of strap above the web to allow it to [properly lay across your shoulder). If the sling is getting hung up or is inthe way simply tighten it a bit to remedy the tangle.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby mawtrfowler » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:10 am

Definitely worth it and like others said, you can just take it of once you get to your spot if it bothers you.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby 2500hdon37s » Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:24 pm

I've got a sling on mine, and they come off fast and easy enough that you can take it off when needed. I've always taken mine off when layout hunting.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby winchester1852 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:52 pm

Well bought a sling I like it I should have got one many years ago just never thougt about it because always had wood guns.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby Gulfcoast » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:02 am

I always have a sling on a duck gun for walking in, and wearing in timber. I never even notice its their when shooting.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby TomKat » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:10 am

Sling all the way. Not even a question in my mind. I reccomend the Avery neoprene sling, or one called The Claw
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby johnmoses » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:50 pm

Every long gun I have (25) all have slings. The only time I take them off is in the dove field.

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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby dysco » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:18 pm

I had a sling flip over my sights the very first time a pheasant jumped from my feet. Missed... badly.

However, that's the only time it's been an issue and having your hands free while hunting can be really nice. Eat a sandwich sometime walking between fields. :lol3: My buddy couldn't get his out of the bag carrying his slingless gun.

Fixing dekes and retrieving birds is a great time to carry the gun on a sling. I've gotten several birds this year that came in, attracted to the movement of me walking in the water. Once you use the sling a bit you'll have that gun off your shoulder faster than you can think about it.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby slowshooter » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:36 am

Slinger here. I take it off once I'm set up out in the field though. Too many times it's hung up and cost me birds. Also, noticed that when it's on it's very easy to see. So in the backpack it goes.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby mudpack » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:17 pm

2500hdon37s wrote:I've got a sling on mine, and they come off fast and easy enough that you can take it off when needed. I've always taken mine off when layout hunting.

X2. A sling on a duck gun can be very handy. If I'm hunting where it can hang up on something, I just take it off. My slings are camo, so I just lay/hang 'em anywhere.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby lag1365 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:08 am

If your not sure take your gun to the range and shoot some trap with a sling on.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby War Wagon » Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:57 am

Only time I take off my sling is when I'm in my layout blind. I take them off and keep it handy because if I got to chase one down I put it back on. Move decoys etc
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby Skeet123 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:10 pm

If you have to walk in to your hunt, yes. If you have to walk anywhere while you are hunting, yes. Other than that no it is not needed.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby fishduck » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:33 pm

I wouldn't own a gun without a sling!
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby Jim1648 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:10 pm

Beside the obvious uses, I've always though a sling would give you something to snag with a grappling hook if you dropped your shotgun in deep water.
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby Glimmerjim » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:20 am

dysco wrote:I had a sling flip over my sights the very first time a pheasant jumped from my feet. Missed... badly.

However, that's the only time it's been an issue and having your hands free while hunting can be really nice. Eat a sandwich sometime walking between fields. :lol3: My buddy couldn't get his out of the bag carrying his slingless gun.

Fixing dekes and retrieving birds is a great time to carry the gun on a sling. I've gotten several birds this year that came in, attracted to the movement of me walking in the water. Once you use the sling a bit you'll have that gun off your shoulder faster than you can think about it.

"Over your sights"? Do you have "lead defining sights" on that? If you've never tried them go for it. They automatically compensate for lead at all ranges and at all bird speeds. Just line up the sights on the bird and push the "Fire" button. One dead bird for sure! :thumbsup: If you want to research them go to "LDS.com" :thumbsup:
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby O.D.Lid » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:10 pm

THE CLAW!!!
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Re: Shotgun sling

Postby jstewart_1981 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:39 am

Couldnt imagine any of my guns without a sling. To me thats like shoes without socks. You can take that sling off when you get there. Plus you have a free hand for other gear as you stomp through the mud in the dark. :grooving:
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