Rifle slings are a necessity in the African bush for numerous reasons.
- A carrying strap or sling can be used to carry the rifle over either shoulder, muzzle up or muzzle down. This frees the hunter's hands for using binoculars, climbing, crawling, holding branches out of the way etc.
- In the rain it is handy to sling the rifle muzzle down over the off shoulder. This keeps the rifle as dry as possible, particularly the inside of the barrel. Another advantage of this barrel down position is that the rifle may be brought up to shooting position quickly.
- Rifles with long barrels should not be carried muzzle down if there is danger of shoving the muzzle into the ground and plugging the barrel. This is particularly worth noting when walking down hill.
- Rifle slings usually come in widths from 1 inch to 2 inches and are adjustable for length. The heavier the rifle, the wider the sling should be for comfort. They are usually made of leather, synthetic webbing material such as nylon or closely-woven canvas.
- A properly used sling can be an aid to shooting steadiness.
- It is advisable to remove the sling for dangerous game follow-up in thick vegetation so easily detachable swivels are helpful.
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If you buy a new leather rifle sling, break it in like your hunting boots, so it is comfortable before arriving on safari.
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