View Full Version : Slings on hunting shotguns

September 23, 2002, 08:39 AM
Do most folks use a sling on their hunting shotgun, or is it considered unnecessary?

Dave McC
September 23, 2002, 08:55 AM
Most of my shotguns are set up with sling studs, and a sling usually is on the weapon or riding along in my vest or pack.

IIRC, there's 5 slings here, a couple dedicated ones and a couple I move as needed.

September 23, 2002, 09:24 AM
I have one on all but the 6 pound 20 ga. I would not hunt without a sling available on a gun over 7 pounds.

September 23, 2002, 10:26 AM
I have the type that snap on and off [browning] on the A5 that I use snowshoe hunting.It is a godsend when trying to get the dogs on leash and at the same time carying out the rabbits.
For years I never used a sling but now I think they are great.

Ron L
September 23, 2002, 06:41 PM
I keep one with QD's on every hunting gun. Never know when you're going to need two hands to carry something or drag that deer back. Certainly helps.

September 23, 2002, 07:29 PM
Even my very first shotgun (an H&R 20 ga. single shot) has a sling on it.

As wise man in Tejas saith, a sling is to a long gun as a holster is to a pistol.:)

September 23, 2002, 08:08 PM
Slings are just darn practical. The QD ones are a life saver. I would not go afield without my sling.

Jim Crews
September 27, 2002, 11:31 PM
A handgun needs a holster.

A long gun needs a sling.

A sling on a long gun is as a holster is to a handgun.

Three places for your long gun.

Either in the rack, on the sling or mounted.

Jim Crews

September 30, 2002, 12:50 AM
I am not a fan of slings for pheasant hunting. They seem to get in the way when walking through tall cover. Also, I hunt with a field-bred English springer spaniel. Flushs come fast and with little warning except for a very "birdy" dog.

An experienced rooster isn't going to wait for you to unsling a shotgun to make a shot. Pheasant hunters need to carry their shotgun in a comfortable and safe ready position. I practice my ready position to the proper mount often in the preseason. When there is a flush, the mount is automatic, very quick and the same every time.

My 870 Wingmaster has sling studs, however. I change it over to a deer gun with a Hastings rifled barrel and scope. It is great to be able to sling the shotgun while dragging deer or climbing into a tree stand. This is ONLY done with a completely unloaded weapon and the slide and bolt open.

Sings are nice for waterfowling in waders too. You never have enough hands when waist deep in muck. Try untangling decoys with one hand hanging onto your favorite shotgun.


September 30, 2002, 08:59 AM
QD swivels set up on long guns. Sling stays in my pack until I need to use it. Don't care for slings when SG in use. Nice to sling when totin' out the turkeys, etc.