The butt-end fastening braid can be undone which then will allow you to remove the swivel and pull the slack through the main sliding knot and keepers.
It is not recommended or necessary to undo the main sliding knot. It should stay together by itself while installing new swivels or removing keepers. To be safe, consider putting something like a flathead screwdriver through the knot to prevent it from upbraiding while working on the sling.
Recessed push-button swivels are available instead of the traditional rifle sling swivels. They are USA made with stainless steel and a blued finish. The loops are 1.5" wide to fit the thick leather slings.
The push-button swivels are custom made and are an additional cost.
No! Save your money. The leather used for the slings is specifically made for heavy, outdoor use.
The only recommended treatment product for Bushcrafts Rifle Slings is extra-virgin olive oil. Any olive oil will work but virgin oil is recommended because it's natural and has very little scent so the animals you're hunting won't sense it.
*Do not use neatsfoot oil, mink oil or commercial leather conditioners.*
New slings may be stiff but they will break-in nicely the more you use them and practice shooting positions. The leather absorbs oil from your hands and the slings will soften naturally.
If you feel that you need more weather resistance or a fast break-in, you can apply a verylight coat of olive oil by rubbing it onto the sling with your fingers. Allow at least 24 hours for the oil to absorb fully into the leather before applying any more.
It is emphasized again that the coating of oil should be very light. Also, be aware that applying oil will darken the color slightly, as will exposure to sunlight over time.
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