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Old 01-08-2010, 09:03 AM
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Looks like I will hunt turkeys in the spring for the first time. Do I need a sling on my turkey gun? How about one on those strap-on types that take no swivel studs? What say you?
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:36 AM
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Yep, you need one. I would go with the studs and do it right. The best sling I have found is "The Claw" by Quake Industries. They don't slip and don't allow the gun to bounce. The swivels that come with them are junk - best to replace with Uncle Mikes. I have this sling on all our rifles too. They come in camo, green and black.

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Old 01-08-2010, 10:30 AM
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They're handy if you're walking a lot, but not completely necessary. You can put a rear stud in your stock and tap your mag cap for a front stud. Or get a mag cap with a stud already in it. Or just loop the sling over your barrel.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:49 AM
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Default I would advise installing swivel studs

My gunsling is an essential part of my equipment. I wouldn't go without it. I move a lot though getting back away from the road or double timing it to a gobbling bird. Once turkey season starts I never take it off my the Mossberg. See below for a description of my favorite gunsling.

Slings around barrels can cause one to miss - I've seen it.

My father and I turkey hunted a lot together when we were both drawn on turkey quota hunts on WMA land around here. One turkey per hunter, so when somebody killed one the other one unloaded their gun and called from behind. I had killed a nice turkey one day on one of these hunts and now was the caller. Dad was had a gun that day that didnt have swivel studs and was using a sling that simply looped around the barrel. He intended to take it off but we had to move a couple times on this turkey and were in a hurry. I was sitting behind him, calling, and this turkey is hammering it coming straight in like being pulled by a string.

He let the turkey get about 15-20 yards, I clucked to stand him up out of a strut, and then boom ---> turkey takes off running. Dang. Shot was wide open, no way to miss. I looked at the gun with that strap around the barrel and thought, uh oh. The strap obscured his view of the bead looking down the top of the barrel, so he had to tilt the muzzle upward to see the bead and subsequently shot over the turkey's head. We verified this when we got home later. He was shooting way high with that sling set-up around the barrrel.

Swivels studs aren't hard to install and if you don't want to do it yourself it is typically fairly inexpensive for a gunsmith to do it.

Back to your question - the link below is the best gunstrap made in my opinion. Everyone I give them to agrees. They make great presents for landowners that give you permission to hunt on their land, relatives, etc. If you go to the NWTF meeting in Nashville later in February they will have a booth there and you can pick one up. The are made from some type of rubber compound that remains flexible down to 40 below. I have used one for nearly 10 years and it hasn't stretch at all or lost any flexibility whatsoever. They hold the gun tight to you shoulder. They are adjusted to be snug to the gun so the sling doesn't droop and hang down when in the shooting position. You can loop one strap around your neck and carry the gun like a backpack. It stays on your shoulder if you are wearing a backpack. Easy to adjust. Simply the best there is in my opinion.

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Old 01-08-2010, 12:21 PM
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What a great Question/Thread. A sling is a very good idea on a turkey gun the boyz gave some advice
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:56 PM
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PHA - did it right................I have same set-up.
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:50 AM
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I don't use one. I never move around when I hunt but if I did (or if you are), that would be a different story. I carry my shotgun with me in a camo guncase.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:01 AM
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I use the claw too. Not absolutely necessary but very nice to have.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by mouthcaller View Post

The link below is the best gunstrap made in my opinion. Everyone I give them to agrees. They make great presents for landowners that give you permission to hunt on their land, relatives, etc. If you go to the NWTF meeting in Nashville later in February they will have a booth there and you can pick one up. The are made from some type of rubber compound that remains flexible down to 40 below. I have used one for nearly 10 years and it hasn't stretch at all or lost any flexibility whatsoever. They hold the gun tight to you shoulder. They are adjusted to be snug to the gun so the sling doesn't droop and hang down when in the shooting position. You can loop one strap around your neck and carry the gun like a backpack. It stays on your shoulder if you are wearing a backpack. Easy to adjust. Simply the best there is in my opinion.

Video of the Slogan gunsling
http://www.plaza-paquette.ca/webaltraflex.wmv

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DITTO on the Slogan sling!! That's the very sling I have on my guns as well!!!
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:04 AM
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I always use a sling. My preferred one is a Butler Creek neoprene wide sling.
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