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Putting a sling on my rifle.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by wcoats, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. wcoats

    wcoats Well-Known Member

    Ok, I signed up to do go to an Appleseed shooting clinic on march 24th and 25th. I got a set of tech sights and put them on my Marlin Model 60, but allso need to put a sling on it. It has a wood stock and doesn't currently have any mounts for a sling. I didn't think this was a big deal, but when I took it to a local gun shop to ask about getting a sling for it they said I would have to get a gun smith to put sling mounts on it, then buy a sling. Or buy a different stock that has mounts for a sling and then buy a sling. I was kind of surprised at this. If there not a way that I can buy mounts for a sling to attach to that will screw into a the wood stock? I know that I would need to pre-drill holes to make sure not to split the wood and be careful, but I don't see why I would need to get a gun smith to do this. Where can I buy the parts to do this. I really don't want to pay a gun smith $100+ to put a sling on a $100 rifle......
  2. EchoM70

    EchoM70 Well-Known Member

    Most retailers that deal in gun accessories sell sling swivel studs... I believe even walmart sell them.

    I found these on Amazon for example.

    Or you could go the slip-on sling route but if you are using the sling to steady your shot you could see accuracy problems due to it pulling on the barrel.
  3. shiftyer1

    shiftyer1 Well-Known Member

    Yes you can do this yourself, go to walmart and buy the swivels and drill u stock and thread em in. Gunshops don't always do repairs.
  4. Jibs

    Jibs Active Member

    this is simple, I did it myself no problems and the only experience I have with "gunsmithing" is cleaning a rifle, so basically no experience at all. Get a set of uncle mikes from any walmart or sporting goods store/gun shop. Drill the holes yourself and you are good to go. I even did mine in synthetic stock the same way as you would with wood. Predrill and screw 'em in, attach a sling, and you are done.
  5. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    For a model 60, I would go for the type that clamps on the magazine tube, with a wood screw at the rear. The forend is not very thick and birch is not very strong so I would recommend against a wood screw in the front. With the sling tension required at Appleseed, I would fear for its integrity.
  6. saltydog452

    saltydog452 Well-Known Member

    You may have time to get a Garrand canvas sling from CMP. Works just dandy and inexpensive.

  7. wcoats

    wcoats Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info, where can I get a sling mount that would clamp to the magazine tube?
  8. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

  9. wcoats

    wcoats Well-Known Member

    thanks heschman. this may be a dumb question, but what's wrong with a 1" sling? why is a 1 1/4" sling that much better? will I have a problem with a 1" web sling at an appleseed weekend? just for reference I can go to REI and buy 1" wide webbing that can hold a 1,000 lbs, so there isn't an issue with webbing that's 1" wide being strong enough, so what is that extra 1/4" doing for me?
  10. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

    A GI web sling (M1 and M-14 issue) will only fit on 1 1/4" swivels because it has some metal hardware that won't fit through anything narrower. Same deal with a 1907 leather sling.

    One of these types of slings is recommended for Appleseed because it will let you use the "loop sling" technique for stabilizing the rifle. You can do a "hasty sling" with any adjustable length sling, but it isn't as stable in the prone and seated positions as a good loop sling is.

    A GI shooting sling is one of those things that you can get by without, but is still a good idea if you want to get the very most out of the weekend.
  11. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Well-Known Member

    M1907. Leather. That's all you need to look for. :D
  12. wcoats

    wcoats Well-Known Member

    ok, thanks, what is the difference from a 1" sling I can buy and a "GI web sling" I know this is probably a dumb question to someone that knows, but I don't. I do want to get the most out of my weekend. The whole reason I'm going to an appleseed weekend is to learn and getter better
  13. GCBurner

    GCBurner Well-Known Member

    I had a 1" web sling on my rifle at the first Appleseed shoot I went to. It's mostly a sling for carrying the rifle over your shoulder, but it can be used as a "hasty" sling too. The only problem I had with it is that it's made of nylon, and would slip down my arm. I got some quick-detachable sling studs and QD 1 1/4" swivels at Dick's Sporting Goods and replaced the fixed 1" swivels that came on my rifle, then added a USGI surplus cotton web sling. They showed the proper way of using one at the Appleseed, so I've been practicing with it some in anticipation of the next shoot. Properly adjusted, it fits tight around your upper arm, and holds the rifle firmly against your shoulder.
  14. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

    The difference is that the GI web sling is purposefully designed as a shooting sling. It has a clip on the rear end that lets you quickly detach it from the rear swivel, and a rear buckle that lets you make an arm loop for attaching the rear end of the sling to your arm. That is how you use the "loop sling" technique. And it has a quick-adjust keeper on the front that lets you quickly adjust it to the length you need to give you good support.

    The 1907 leather is also purposefully designed as a shooting sling. It is made of 2 loops... the front one is your arm loop, which you adjust to the proper length to make a loop sling out of, and the rear loop is where you adjust the sling for overall length. The arm loop has 2 keepers on it, which you slide down when you're looped up, to keep the sling from sliding down your arm.

    Either one works great, but the GI web is a lot cheaper than the 1907, which makes it a lot more popular for Appleseeds.
  15. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Well-Known Member

    Will the GI web sling work left-handed? I don't know why it wouldn't, unless the buckle would be on the wrong side and maybe that matters...

    Cotton or nylon? (not a "silent" nylon, but the type with the same hardware as cottons) I know almost nothing about using a rifle sling, but I want to put one on my Mini-14 and learn how to use it. It came from the factory with 1.25 swivels.
  16. chrome_austex

    chrome_austex Well-Known Member

    Cotton or nylon both work. Its a bit of a holy war over which is better, mainly cause they're nearly identical.

    Cotton 'rots', nylon 'slips', while in my limited experience, neither does either. (I've got a nylon sling and its not nearly a slippery as the haters would lead you to believe).

    Ya they work left-handed (of course).

    FWIW, with a hammer, you can get a 1 1/4" GI sling through 1" loops, but you have to squish the metal tongue open to pull it off, slip the sling through the loops, and then get that tongue back on and hammer it flat again.

    I've shot both 1907 and GI slings quite a bit, and I find the simpler and cheaper GI slings much nicer than the leather slings, mainly because the GI style is sooo much easier to adjust than the 1907 style. A stiff leather sling doesn't help you nearly as much as you think it would cause its supporting the rifle through tension, where the nylon slings are just as valid. Yet so many people are fanboys of the leather slings I hate to even mention it.
  17. pseudonymity

    pseudonymity Well-Known Member

    The GI web sling works either way - you just turn the rear mount to the outside of your arm on whichever arm you sling up.

    Cotton or nylon both work - cotton tends to slip less against other fabric on your arm when you are slung up, but absorbs water in the rain and can get a little stiff when it dries.

    Nylon is a bit more slippery against other fabrics when you are slung up, but may be more durable over the long run.

    After learning the correct loop sling technique at an Appleseed, I can not believe how much steadier the sitting/prone positions are. I can shoot more accurately with a loop sling prone than I can with a bipod prone and the butt of the stock just shoulder supported.

    The GI slings are something like $10-15 or less most places. Using one is really simple too - they are one of those things that takes 4 paragraphs and 3 diagrams to explain online, but would take about 60 seconds of conversation if you were standing next to me with a sling in your hand.
  18. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    It's a simple process. You need the appropriate sized drill and countersink.

    First, tape the stock where you intend to install the swivel bases (to prevent splitting and splintering when you drill.)

    Next, take two strips of paper that exactly encircle the stock at the two installation points. Fold this paper in half to find the exact center, then use that as a gauge to mark the spots to drill.

    Drill carefully -- I like to use a drill press and set up a fixture with 2X4s and clamps to hold the stock tightly and keep it perfectly vertical.

    For the forend swivel, you need to countersink the inner end of the hole for the nut.

    For the rear swivel, I like to squirt a little Elmer's Glue into the hole when the swivel screw is screwed in, and carefully wipe off any excess.
  19. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Well-Known Member

    I didn't really follow that, but I don't have one here to look at. I figured if I really have 1" swivels and I just measured them wrong :eek: I can grind/file the tongue part of the hook narrower until it fits.
  20. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

    Instead of all that hammering to remove and re-install the tab on a GI sling to get it to fit through 1" swivels, you can just cut the end of the strap off at a 45 degree angle and singe the end with a lighter to keep it from fraying, if it is a nylon sling. I don't imagine that method would work as well with cotton, though.

    As for the metal clip that goes on the rear swivel, you can get by without it if you have your sling attached with a QD swivel. It's quieter without it anyway. Either that or you can narrow the clip down with a dremel or something as described above.

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