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RiverBoy76
November 23, 2009, 08:37 PM
I have recently acquired a savage scout rifle, and keeping the concept of the scout rifle alive in my rifle, I plan on furnishing it with a ching sling. I have done some research on this type of sling and understand its pros and cons. I have found though that I do need help deciding on which makers sling I should purchase. I am considering slings from these makers; The Wilderness, Galco, or Andy Langlois (sells his through his website). I would appreciate any imput on quality durability and performance on the ching slings from these manufacturers, thanks.

AK103K
November 23, 2009, 09:07 PM
I have a Galco on my Savage. Its a nice, well made sling, but it is a little pricey.

I think once you shoot the Ching sling, you'll wonder why never tried one sooner. I have them on any rifle I hunt with, and have made them ( I used my Galco for the pattern) for a few others as well.

HuntAndFish
November 23, 2009, 09:15 PM
I have several slings from Andy Langlois along with some of his holsters. Always excellent quality.

ClarkEMyers
November 23, 2009, 09:16 PM
No comparison Langlois is best - I have a Steyr Cooper Package with the factory sling - which may be a Galco? and Langlois is clearly superior - there have been some doubts as to who Ching himself has endorsed but Langlois is certainly Ching endorsed as well.

Be sure to look at Fr. Frog's Scout Rifle website though it is Steyr oriented.

I would appreciate any imput on quality durability and performance

Andy's leather is better, the finish is better the furnished hardware, when bought, is as good as it gets, and so when used as a tight sling the performance is better longer.

RiverBoy76
November 23, 2009, 09:16 PM
Thanks, AK103K was it the RS8 model that you purchased from Galco?

AK103K
November 23, 2009, 09:51 PM
Hmmm, dont know. I got it when the first Savage Scouts came out (mines an early one). If they had more than one model, I didnt know about it.

RiverBoy76
November 23, 2009, 11:42 PM
Thanks for all the good info everyone, at this point I think im leaning more towards one of Andy's slings. On the website they sell a package with the drill bit for the third sling swivel stud (not pre-drilled at factory), three Uncle Mike's sling swivels and of course the Ching Sling, for about the same price as a galco. And Wilderneness' nylon ching slings just wouldn't feel at home with the savage.

AK103K
November 24, 2009, 07:56 AM
I made a couple out of different types of nylon, and didnt like any of them. They are fine once you get into them shooting wise, but they were just to soft and flexible for initially getting slung in, and tended to hang up on your arm as you tried. The leather on the other hand, is firm enough to hold its shape as your stick your arm through the loop, and is much easier.

I never understood why Savage didnt put the third swivel point on the gun. It is a "Scout" and they marketed it as such. The least they could have done was give you the stud. I pulled my stock when I put mine on. There is a portion of the stock that is solid, and has more meat, just forward of the trigger, which is about perfect for the stud. There are also spots were the stock is thin and has voids with reinforcing fins, so you may want to take a look before you screw the stud in.

I also cut that silly recoil pad off mine. It made the LOP too long, and was WAY to sticky, and constantly grabbed at what ever I was wearing as I shouldered it. They dont make a butt plate for them, unless you find an old one and fit it, so I found it was easier to just take a razor knife and cut it down at the plastic spacer. Worked out real well. It left just enough rubber with some texture on the spacer to work like checkering, yet it doenst grab. The LOP is now about perfect too.

RiverBoy76
November 24, 2009, 06:17 PM
My savage is a new model with an accustock, I wonder if the internal rail system in the stock should interfere much with the sling swivel. It's just crazy they wouldn't drill it at the factory, the ching sling is one of the main requirements for the scout setup.

langloisandy
November 25, 2009, 07:52 AM
Howdy.... Someone mentioned me (I am Andy!).

As luck would have it, I am having a sale NOW on Slings at the shop (1911 holsters, saps and belts too!) NOTE: I am working on a HUGE pile of Ching Slings, they are not listed yet, but have all the colors and widths on hand.

Stop in, look around:
Sale:
http://andysgunthoughts.wordpress.com/black-friday-sale/

Biz Pages:
http://www.shottist.com

Thanks!

Andy