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Old November 20, 2017, 09:57 AM   #1
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Breaking in Reproduction Sling

I have a couple reproduction slings for my M1 Garands and M1917 from MILSCO that are very nice but the leather us stiff, like really stiff.

What is the best way to soften it up?
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Old November 20, 2017, 01:23 PM   #2
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Use them while shooting.
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Old November 20, 2017, 01:26 PM   #3
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That's what I was going to say.
You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.
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Old November 20, 2017, 02:55 PM   #4
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I don't really like using those old slings, but I have a buddy who does, and when he gets them he rubs Neatsfoot Oil (like the kind you used on your ball glove when you were a kid) into them. It darkens up the leather for sure, but the one's I've seen are really light to begin with. When he's done they look a lot prettier too!
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Old November 20, 2017, 04:01 PM   #5
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"...Neatsfoot Oil..." Yep. Or saddle soap. Either one or any other such product will alter the colour. The sling that came with my semi'd M14 is like it has rigour mortis. My solution was not to use it. It's only an inch wide as I recall.
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Old November 20, 2017, 07:40 PM   #6
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I recommend Pecard's leather dressing.

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Old November 20, 2017, 08:32 PM   #7
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I paid about $65 for a "premium" brand name leather 1907 sling.It was dry and hard. Just installing it on the rifle,the smooth skin side of the sling cracked across the width of the sling. I was quite disappointed.

On the replacement,I treated it with Mink Oil boot dressing. A generous rub,the wiped it off. Then I let it sit a couple of days.

I'm happy with how it came out.

I'd be careful about over-doing it. Stretch is not a good thing.
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