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Old September 2nd, 2012, 10:02 AM   #1
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Dumb question: Proper way to carry rifle on back?

When hunting what is the proper way to open carry your rifle on your back? Is it muzzle up or muzzle down? If it's muzzle up should the muzzle be positioned so it is elevated above your head? Sorry if this a dumb question



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When hunting what is the proper way to open carry your rifle on your back? Is it muzzle up or muzzle down? If it's muzzle up should the muzzle be positioned so it is elevated above your head? Sorry if this a dumb question
Up don't want to shoot yourself in the foot do you? muzzle don't need to be over the head, some rifles are to short for that, but it's not a bad idea.
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The other school of thought is muzzle down, so you don't get rain or debris down it. I think it's a matter of preference. The real proper way? Safety on, no round in the chamber, whether it's pointed up or down.
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I always carry muzzle up except when carrying a muzzle loader.
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Cool thanks fellas. I just didn't want to look like I didn't know what I was doing going out there.
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Actually, either way is correct, and i use both after awhile to keep from getting too tired. My favorite way to carry a rifle is muzzle down on my left shoulder, that way my left hand reaches down and grabs the forend, rotates the gun towards my right shoulder and gets me into position much faster than off the right shoulder, muzzle up. I know it's hard to explain but this is a much faster and smoother mount of the rifle with a little practice than any other sling carry.
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I carry muzzle up, but I do worry about getting stuff falling down the barrel, so when hunting I have a piece of electrical tape over the barrel.... You can shoot through it without a problem.
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Actually, either way is correct, and i use both after awhile to keep from getting too tired. My favorite way to carry a rifle is muzzle down on my left shoulder, that way my left hand reaches down and grabs the forend, rotates the gun towards my right shoulder and gets me into position much faster than off the right shoulder, muzzle up. I know it's hard to explain but this is a much faster and smoother mount of the rifle with a little practice than any other sling carry.
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I know what yer saying do that myself, it gits yur gun up and ready smooth but fast and the sling hooked under your for arm to secure in firing hold.
Dont carry loaded barrel up or down, you see game on foot you got to make take and plan the time to act, avoid that snap shot rush.
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I carry up or down, all depending on the gun, the sling, and what I am doing with it at the time.
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I tend to carry longer guns muzzle up, shorter guns muzzle down; both unloaded. When I am walking back to the car in the dark after hunting, I put the sling over my neck with the gun horizontal across my chest so I don't have to work about it slipping off my shoulder.
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Another option to add to the previous thoughts is, why not secure a piece of cloth over the end of the barrel to keep debris out? When you fire it won't interfer with the bullet and can be replaced by another. You can use a twist tie to hold it in place.

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If you fall with the muzzle down you'll cake the barrel with mud and it is less safe. Carry with the muzzle pointing up with a piece of electrical tape over the barrel, that will keep debris out and you don't need to remove it to shoot, all you have to do is hold steady and get your game!
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When I sling I point the muzzle up. Typically though I put my left arm through the sling and carry with my left hand on the pistol grip. It slides easily into a firing position and the sling will steady the shot.
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I carry muzzle up as well.
If I slip and end up on my butt I don't get anything rammed into the barrel...This happened once in the field, I don't remember how exactly but I had to find a ling skinny Aspen stick, whittle it down and clear the barrel. Now I carry a cleaning rod and barrel brush just encase.
I put tape, any type as long as it stays on, over the muzzle to keep snow/rain out and keep that from freezing in the barrel.
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If the ground cover is thick and gnarly, I much prefer to carry muzzle up. Easier to swing the gun into firing position and less chance of a twig or debris getting in the barrel or having the barrel snag in the brush. Open country, take your pick.
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