Gun slings allow you to store your hunting rifle at your side or over your back while you trek in and out of your hunting location of choice.
A gun sling can allow you to have your hands free when climbing over tougher terrain, and can help you store your gun safely out of your way while maneuvering around tight spots.
A gun sling connects to both the stock and the muzzle of your rifle and acts as a form of support for both ends, allowing it to be balanced over your shoulder or across your back without having to be stored out of the way in a bag.
The perks of a gun sling are that it allows you easy access to your rifle at a moment’s notice, without requiring you to remove it from a zipped storage case.
This allows you to target prey on a dime without having to stress about if your gun is ready for use.
The Best Hunting Rifle SlingsHere you’ll find the best rifle slings reviewed and rated for quality:
Butler Creek Sling
Gun slings can be finicky, just like the strap on your laptop bag, for instance. Butler Creek did their best to keep this simple to use and not ride up on you or twist over during use.
If you look at where the strap meets the hardware, it’s on a wide D-ring to prevent everything from getting tangled up. It’s built from a durable nylon to prevent tearing and abrasions as best it can.
But the real prize here is the neoprene padding. It takes up about half the strap, and does well to prevent pain on your shoulder while either carrying this around, or pulling it up to fire.
There are four camouflage patterns to choose from. You’ve got standard black, but there’s also Mossy Oak Obsession, which does a good job at actually shielding you in nature. You become a ghost.
Whether a rifle or a crossbow, this strap works wonders at reducing fatigue and making the journey as comfortable as possible.
Allen Company Sling
Right off the bat, I’m going to disclose that I don’t care for how heavily branded this sling is. Their logo is a bit too large and their name is sewn onto the strap.]
I normally don’t mind large branding on products, but this is supposed to help you with being discreet out there. That being said, the strap itself works a treat.
Built with a web sling material and nubuck leather, it’s as comfortable as it is stretchy. While the nylon straps aren’t usually rated to be the most comfortable, Allen was able to make the padding voer about 65% of the total surface to account for that.
Speaking of those straps, they come in with a 300 pound weight limit rating. That’s more than enough to lug around a rifle, and it also allows for quick movements when you pull up to shoot.
Ten Point Gear Gun Sling
Paracord usually has its place as a survival bracelet, but what Ten Point Gear has done is actually pretty ingenious. Paracord’s stretchy feel allows you to adjust this from 33” up to 44” for maximum comfort and gun adjustment.
On top of that, they include a metal buckle system with a tension peg that equips perfectly to your rifle. Pop it on a shotgun or a crossbow as well; it’s a universal weapon sling for the most part.
Paracord comes in handy in survival situations, but there are also plenty of hunting applications I could see it being useful in. Of course, don’t expect to weave it back into a sling if you have to cut it loose to use it.
It’s a solid sling that’s pretty cheap. One thing I enjoy is that Ten Point Gear not only made it available in six tactical styles, but they don’t charge a penny more for an aesthetic difference from their Coyote Brown option.
Allen Company Gear Fit Pursuit Bruiser Hunting Sling
Allen’s back at it again, but this time, they have a whole lineup of these pursuit-style slings, and personally, I”m a fan of the way they’re carrying this out. Your padding covers more than half of the strap, and is made out of hypalon, a comfortable and durable material.
The nylon straps are weight tested along with the swivel for up to 300 pounds of pressure. That’s more than we expect you’ll need, so these shouldn’t snap for any reason.
Utilizing the non-slip texture, you’ll feel this stick to your shoulder as you pull up to fire, giving you maximum control. I would pair this with a gun stock cover for some extra oomph.
If you’re not a fan of the bruiser style sling, they have five other types available that are designed to be used with different hunting styles and prey. This is one of the most versatile lineups of gun slings I’ve used.
Accmor Gun Sling
Accmor is a brand that I had heard of, but wasn’t personally familiar with. They’ve done a good job of creating a budget-friendly two-point sling, and I have to give credit where it’s due.
At a universal size, this adjustable sling comes with a stretchy material that allows you to gently pull and adjust the gun to where you need it to be while firing.
Where the hardware is concerned, I enjoyed the increased size of the hook so meet with most gun swivels. While most of us aren’t going to own SMGs, these fit the bill for all times of assault weaponry.
Fits like a glove, meets a great budget-friendly price, and comes in over half-a-dozen tactical colors and camouflages to meet your current kit.
What Makes a High Quality Sling?
If you were wondering what makes a good sling , here are four things consider:
If your sling is not comfortable, it’s pretty much useless. The point of a sling (and especially a hunting rifle sling) is to keep your hands free. A good sling should but comfortable and not chafe, ideally with wide paddings at least two inches thick. That way, the shoulder strap should reduce stress on your upper body while also giving you balance while you’re on the move.
Wether you are using a leather sling, one made from nylon webbing or even a handmade one, what your sling is made of is important. Not all materials are heavy duty and durable enough to be used for your gun sling. You want something that can withstand harsh conditions and changes in weather condition, like a high density nylon material or neoprene.
When it comes to your slings adjustability, two important words spring to mind: quick adjust. A good sling gives you the ability to quickly adjust it the way you want to, whilst keeping your hands-free to focus on other tasks. An adjustable sling also means that the sling can fit multiple body sizes thanks to an adjustable length. For example, you may want a shoulder strap that you can use while wearing a body armor.
The best slings are multi use. Apart from housing a range of rifles and long guns, a sling should be versatile enough to be used as a rope or be used with a crossbow. Some rifle slings can even be used to hoist and drag objects (especially if there are made from 550 paracord).
Types of Rifle Slings
There are three main types of slings to consider:
- single point sling
- two point sling
- three-point sling
(Note: there are some more specific rifle slings applicable for sharpshooting, tactical rifles and combat. But let’s stick to these three types for now.)
Here’s a brief explanation of each type of sling and their connection points so you can get an idea of which gun accessory is best for your specific needs:
- Single-point sling – as the name would suggest uses one connection point to attach to the gun.
- Two-point sling – attach to the gun with two connection points (sometimes a d-ring).
- Three-point sling – connects to the front and back of the firearm (like the 2 point sling) and also has an additional loop that connects around your torso.
Gun Sling FAQ
How Long Should Your Gun Sling Be?
It should correlate to your height and arm span when stretched out, but everyone is different.
Some people like a tighter control. Something else you have to factor in is the swivel placement on the gun in particular.
I don’t know your gun, and I don’t know your height, but the best place to start is with a sizing guide for your height and then factor in the distance between hardware on your gun.
You will need different sling lengths for different weapons, whether it’s a rifle or an AR.
What is the Best Material for a Gun Sling?
Gun slings are best when made from a high denier rating nylon. Denier ratings define the thickness of a strand of fiber, and can be applied to multiple strands of fabric or materials.
Low denier means something will be silky and smooth, while a high rating, such as 500D, means that it’s rough, rugged and durable.
That’s what you want your gun strap to be made out of: high denier fabrics and materials. Nylon is the best, but you will also see polyester, cordura nylon, and leather on occasion.
Other materials to be on the lookout for are the metal used in the hooks.
If it’s not strong enough to handle pressure you provide during aiming and travelling, it’s not good enough.
Thankfully, most are made from high grade aluminum and won’t give out on you.
How Many Points Should Your Sling Have?
Three point slings are something that come up a lot when you research assault rifle slings.
You’ll find that a lot of ex-military and military will use a three point sling because of how familiar it feels. In truth, a three point usually offers more control.
For civilian use for rifles (since we’re not bringing ARs out hunting with us) a two point sling is usually all you need.
It’s the perfect blend between carrying your rifle properly, and being able to quickly retrieve it if you run into a buck or whitetail deer unexpectedly.
How to Know if a Sling Will Fit Your Gun
Look at the width of the strap and the way it connects to the hardware.
Finding out the exact specifications of the strap width is crucial before actually committing to the purchase.
If it doesn’t, you can always change the hardware on your gun with a basic gunsmithing kit and some know-how.
Changing the hardware on your gun is usually only required in rare circumstances, but it’s something you should be aware of in case you buy a sling and it doesn’t fit properly.
I’ve found the perfect sling before and not wanted to compromise. Boom—pop out the kit, spend fifteen minutes, and you’re right as rain.
Can You Reuse a Paracord Survival Sling?
Paracord is basically a survivalist’s best friend, but when manufacturers design items like bracelets or slings that are made out of paracord, they’re built to come undone when you need it: not go back together.
You could take time to put a paracord sling back together and weave it in place, but it’s not worth it. If you had to unravel your paracord for any reason, it must have been pretty grim or survival-related, and the paracord itself is probably tattered by this point.
I would just keep it as a coil of paracord and use it for other purposes in the future.
How Much Should my Gun Sling be Able to Hold?
While it’s a bit of overkill, many gun slings and their corresponding hardware will be able to hold upwards of 250+ pounds.
This is usually relative to pounds of pressure, meaning if you hold your gun sling tightly when pulling up to aim at a target, you’re not even coming close to breaking the swivel or splitting the strap.
Some of us are harder on slings than others. I had a three-point that tore after about two hunting trips because I’m a bit ro7ugh on it, so it’s definitely wise to get a strap that can handle whatever you throw at it.
Many of the straps on this list have a 300 pound rating, which I don’t anticipate you ever coming close to breaking.
You could even use two gun straps to hold up a hammock and it’s not going to break, thanks to modern construction and high denier nylon.
Gun Sling Video
Here is a video discussing various Gun Slings for AR15 rifles:
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