Bushcrafts Latigo leather is strong and durable. USA cowhides are tanned twice for extra tensile strength then treated for extreme outdoor use with an infusion of tallow, waxes, and oils. Latigo Leather is denser than English Bridle leather due to the tanning process, yet it has a softer feel and remains more flexible.
Latigo is a working utility leather not necessarily designed for show. It repels sweat, rain, and snow but requires very little or no maintenance.
Typically used for heavy-duty saddlery applications and more specifically used as the cinch straps (appropriately called, Latigos) that hold western style saddles onto working horses. Cowboy ranchers and rodeo riders trust their safety in Latigo for its ability to maintain strength after repeated soakings in horse sweat and exposure to the harshest elements.
English bridle leather (or often called just "bridle" leather) is a style of vegetable-tanned leather that has been treated with natural oils, waxes and/or tallow to help resist the elements and improve appearance.
Vegetable-tanned leather (or called just veg-tan) takes months to produce. The process uses tree bark and natural tannin to cure and dye the hide. The result is a leather with a handsome appearance that is also strong and durable.
Every tannery has its own English Bridle tanning process just like every Italian restaurant has its own chicken parmigiana recipe. Although English Bridle is made slightly different from each tannery, it is all made to perform the same way.
Bushcrafts English Bridle Leather is made from USA cowhides. The leather is 100% natural with no chemicals used in the tanning or dying process.
Bushcrafts English Bridle Leather Rifle Slings will age beautifully and can easily be preserved for many years with only light coats of oil as maintenance.
A black Latigo sling and a tan English Bridle sling were both soaked in water for several minutes then placed into a freezer for over 24 hours.
During the soak, the Bridle leather seemed to absorb more water while the Latigo seemed to resist absorption and tried to shed the water off.
After another 24 hours when both slings were thawed out and fully dried, there was hardly any evidence that either sling was frozen.
Both types of leather are made for outdoor use and both did their job exceptionally well during this test.
If necessary to choose a tiebreaker, the Latigo Leather would be the winner for its water repellency and overall durability.
5 Must-Have Rifle Accessories You Don’t Want to Forget
We all love getting a new gun, especially a good rifle. But getting just the gun is only the beginning, as there are a few other things you might want to consider buying as well to accompany it. Whether your rifle is used for hunting, protection, or precision shooting, here are 5 must-have accessories that you won’t want to forget!
This one might seem a little obvious, but hear me out. Without some spare ammunition, your gun is useless. Bringing the right amount of ammo is critical for a successful hunt. Always bring a little more than what you think you might need, you never know what might happen!
Precision shooting and hunting often requires knowing the ranges at which your targets are at, and a rangefinder is a perfect tool to get this done. Whether you are hunting or target shooting, quick use of a rangefinder will give you the exact range and allow you to execute the most accurate shot possible. Without a rangefinder, you will have to guess yardages, which could lead to missed shots.
Every piece of equipment on this list has a purpose, and the bipod is the best possible tool to use in order to steady your shots and increase your accuracy. Without a bipod, you will be forced to shoot offhand or using something else as a rest. A bipod, whether it attaches to your rifle or not, will steady your shot and increase your accuracy significantly.
Most guns and the scopes that sit on them can be pretty expensive. One piece of gear that often gets overlooked is a protective cover for either your entire rifle or just the scope. These can be as simple as a fabric cover that protects the scope from dust, or fully padded covers that protect the scope and gun from accidental drops, scrapes, and dings while hiking or during transport.
Easily the single most important piece of gear on a rifle, the sling is the best and most comfortable way to transport your rifle around. Whether your rifle is used for hunting or target shooting, a sling will help you to safely and effectively carry it around by dispersing the weight on your shoulder and back. Some of the best rifle slings are made out of high-quality leather, such as our handcrafted slings here at Bushcrafts. If you could only have one piece of equipment to add to your gun, make sure it is a high-quality sling!
As you can see, there are plenty of things to go along with your favorite rifle. Not only does it need some ammunition in order to function, a few simple accessories and gear will not only help you to shoot more accurately but also transport your gun wherever you need it to go. No matter the kind of rifle, sling it over your shoulder and get out there and shoot!