Hi everyone, I've read that the using of a sling is allowed in FT and was wondering if it's a good idea to get one. If so, where can I get one? do they mount if for you? how much should I expect to pay? Cheers!
I think a sling is a great help in hunting, seeing as I don't shoot fieldtarget asof yet, I can't say how it works for fieldtarget.
But for hunting it works very good, I use my sling on my 30.06 all the time when hunting to steady myself on long shots or standing shots. It's helped me with a few headshots that I don't think I would have made without it.
We always used slings back in the day of high school rim fire shooting. Makes a big difference when you try to hit a the 10 ring (I think it is about 3mm) at 25m. The thing is normal slings don't work that well, a target sling is only attached to only the fore-end of the rifle and only goes around the left arm, it is much wider as well. In order to make it fit, you will pobably need a shooting jacket (there is a loop for the sling) to keep it in place. If the sling is well fitted, you should be able to hole the rifle stable enough without using you right hand. Many think slings don't work because it is not of proper fit and you will have to play with the stud position a bit to get it right (just how many people are willing to drill a few holes in the stock to check if one will work?). Best bet is to get a set of adjustable sling rail (go ask the gunsmiths if they have those Bisley rifle sling rails, most have a $hit load of them). The other problem is that the best place to place a sling stud seems to be where all the FT guys put their knee rest thing for sitting position.
Beside, iF it does work for you, you can always put it away.
think i'll give it a miss for now. Stopper thanks for the info. It sounds to me like you'd rather use it for 10m target shooting or something like that rather than FT.
One more question. Are shooting jackets allowed in FT? I can't see the point if there's only about three standing shots in a shoot.
sling def helps re standing and kneeling shots and some times even sitting as well. it's just such a mission adj the sling for diff shooting/target positions.........and iirc the rule says the sling can't be adj after the start of the shoot?
as Lewis mentioned above, most people use it only for carrying the rifle between lanes. esp. physical courses like NW
winner or no1. loser is often decided by just 1 target