Slinging a coach gun


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MCgunner
January 30, 2008, 04:45 PM
So, I finally took my Spartan to the smith to see about drilling and tapping the barrel divider. He warned against it, says it's just a plate soldiered in place, and might pull off with weight on it. So, I bought an UM's stud set, screwed a stud into the stock and will loop the other end of the sling over the fore stock and lock it down to anchor the front part of the sling. This won't look so tidy, but will accomplish the same without risking the integrity of the gun.

He suggested drilling a hole in the fore stock, but I split the fore stock wood on a gun like that before. I've been carrying the gun with a temporary sling that slides over the stock and barrel, but wanted something out of the way for woods bumming that I could shoot with the sling in place. This will accomplish the same thing without worrying about any stresses. Best I can do, I guess.

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hunterpro
January 30, 2008, 06:08 PM
Personally, i would not suggest putting a sling on a coach gn for a few reasons.
1. your smith is probably right it probably wouldnt cary the weight.
2. putting a sling on any break open is often ill advised, and this is because the sling tends to get in the way while reloading. I know from experience my first dove gun was a break open and i put a sling on it to carry thru the fields, and it was a pain in the ass to reload.

i just wouldn't do it

now if you do drill it it really depends on how hard and now old the wood is i still wouldn't do it.

Cosmoline
January 30, 2008, 06:19 PM
Why don't you just put it in a scabbard? I like this model:

http://www.alaskasportsmanproducts.com/BackPack/Backpack_sm.jpg

sm
January 30, 2008, 07:09 PM
MCgunner,

Old School ways of slinging a coach gun, or any shotgun be it a SxS, O/U, Pump, Semi, or Single shot - still apply today.

Most folks sling a gun for carry into, and out of hunting places, and do not shoot while the gun is slung.

Still one can leave slung and shoot.

Slip Through Method.

I will still use a length of rawhide, 550 cord, whatever,
and sling a gun that has no sling swivel studs.
Heck the old leather bird carrier still makes a nice "sling".

Slip-through and around buttstock and barrel, carry muzzle down [African carry]

H&H Holland, Orvis, LLBean and others used to carry these, and these are proven.
One can easily make one. Local store with tack (horses) and this leather works real well.

The other method is :
Pachmayr Flush Mount Sling Swivels
http://www.lymanproducts.com/pachmayr/index.htm

I keep telling folks Pachmayr is the way to go, but nobody listens to me...*wink*

This system is proven, and goes way back.

Oh these are tough!
Still good looking as one does not see the mounts when sling removed so more aesthetically pleasing.
No stud to catch on, or feel when handling the gun.

Works on Rifles too...
I mean folks do put Pachmayr recoil pads on rifles after getting them fitted to themselves like they do shotguns, like they are supposed to ...don't they?

*grin*

Steve will never make the cover of Mall Ninja magazine - hso

MCgunner
January 30, 2008, 07:32 PM
Most folks sling a gun for carry into, and out of hunting places, and do not shoot while the gun is slung.

Precisely. I take it off to hunt, but carrying decoys and such in and especially when putting out deeks, I can't just lay the gun down in the water. There is no dry ground where I hunt, all mud and muck.

For woods bumming, I did want to use it, though, with the sling for small game, squirrel, and that. So, over the barrel and round the grip was inconvenient. This would be your "African carry". What I decided on was a UM's stud on the stock and sliding the loop of the "African carry" around the fore stock and locking the stock down over it. Seems to work fine, just looks a little strange, but looks don't matter or I'd not have bought a Spartan. LOL

That scabbard might be okay except for duck hunting. It'd get in the way of the decoy bag.

MASTEROFMALICE
January 31, 2008, 01:55 AM
Easy enough. Use a single point sling.

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