I discovered the advantages of using a rifle sling during a ten-day sheep hunt in Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park, British Columbia. Most days were spent hiking up and down talus and I often found myself opting to cradle my rifle rather than have it continually slide off my shoulder. A good hunter and friend of mine had one of these slings and, over the course of our trip, I'd watch him use poles and scramble up steep rock without fussing with his rifle.
The kind person that he is, he let me inspect the sling, allowing me to make my own. After getting home and ordering the materials, making the first sling would take about an hour. And most of that time was spent planning how it'd get put together. It seams as though the key is fitting the rifle butt piece properly to avoid your recoil pad from getting snagged when you go to unholster the gun. I found that selecting a finely woven webbing is important here as it's less likely to grip a rubbery pad.
For those interested, here's a materials list:
- 2 x 26" pieces of 1.5" velcro (hook and loop; lower 1/2)
- 3 x 9" pieces of ~2" webbing (lower 1/2)
- 1 x 9" piece of 1.5" webbing (lower 1/2)
- 1 x 3" piece of 1.5" webbing (lower 1/2)
- 1 x 1.5" slide buckle (lower 1/2)
- 1 x 13" piece of 0.75" webbing (upper 1/2)
- 1 x 0.75" cam-locking buckle (upper 1/2)
- 2 x 9" pieces of 0.75" velcro (hook and loop; upper 1/2)