sling for 870?


December 30, 2002, 07:33 AM
I'd like to put a sling on my new 870. Suggestions? Sources for hardware? Advice/ tips?


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December 30, 2002, 01:16 PM
What kind of sling are you looking for? What do you use this shotgun for?

December 30, 2002, 01:37 PM
TACTICAL sling??:D

or an ordinary boring old sling??


December 31, 2002, 08:09 AM
Hey, guys.
I'll use this shotgun for upland game, crows, and general woods carry mostly. The actual sling itself (a boring old ordinary sling will do nicely) is not really my problem. I need help with mounting a swivel on the fore end or some variation on that theme. I can knock a hole in the stock and jam a swivel in there without too much cursing and blood loss.

The shotgun itself is an 870 20 gauge youth model. My wife gave it to me for Christmas and it's cooler than it sounds. I generally used a 12 magnum or a 16 before. My wife noted that I have a fondness for carbine sized rifles and when she saw the 870 she figured, "Hey, a carbine shotgun!". Gotta love her!

I'm sort of .. uh.. big-boned, so I probably look a little funny holding it but it's fun and apparently enhances my quail-hunting. Saturday, I killed 5 birds with the 1st box of shells but my luck tapered off after that. :D

December 31, 2002, 08:17 AM
My wife got me the 870 youth for Christmas also.
I love this gun!
Haven't shot it yet, but the "carbine" feel of it is great.
I've owned an 870 HD, and wish I hadn't sold it.
I'm looking forward to getting familiar with this new gun.

December 31, 2002, 01:42 PM
front sling mount is best done with one of the replacement cap screws with the swivel built in. Just unscrew one and put the other on and save your original. You can get the set that includes the screw-in rear swivel also.
I use a plain leather Hunter strap on my 870 slug gun.

January 1, 2003, 08:02 AM
Yeah, get the Uncle Mike's sling swivel kit. Like Kingcreek said, the mag cap simply replaces the old one, and the rear swivel can be installed pretty quickly with a drill and a steady hand (drill press is even better because you can control depth).

Synthetic stocks are a little trickier, but you can install a sling stud in them if you take your time and use about four different bits (a small pilot bit, a large countersink bit, a bit for the shank of the stud, and a bit for the threads). Here, I used Black and Decker Pilot Point bits because they left a flat surface rather than a conical impression.

As for slings, I really like the AAE Leathercraft slings for a hunting sling. I have them on my turkey shotgun as well as my muzzleloading and centerfire hunting rifles. They run only about $12 to $15 at Academy Sports and have a durable canvas front in a variety of designs (black/camo) and a comfortable leather backing. Their web page is pretty basic, but at least there's a picture of some of their slings.

January 1, 2003, 08:08 AM
Hey Spoonman, here's a link to what we're talking about:

January 1, 2003, 09:00 PM
If you don't have a good vise and some sharp drill bits, take their advice and get the Uncle Mikes replacement cap. The ability to drill a straight hole or have a drill press is a great help.

I went the long way around and drilled out mine. One lesson learned. STEP YOUR DRILL SIZES!. Start small and gradually move up until you get to the correct size. It will save you some heartache and perhaps a bit of pain when the drill bit catches and torques your wrist around.:eek:

It didn't take long and if you can drill a hole then you can do the job. If you have any doubts just buy one.

Good Shooting

January 1, 2003, 11:51 PM
I use the uncle mikes I believe. I am not too sure but they look like mikes. When I bought the gun the guy put them on for me, and he gave me a real cheap sling that works great. Its plain black with just some, I guess you would call them rubber nibs. It is very easily ajustable and stays on my shoulder well. You just need to find a sling that works for you.

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