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Topic: Web sling cleaning
Posted By: paddyofurniture
Subject: Web sling cleaning
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 2:24am
What is the best method for cleaning web a sling?

I have a sling that is some what dirty from being stored in a barn junk box.

Thanks,

Ed


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Posted By: Sarge
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 3:17am
Ayup...

The best method is a hot water and soap bath-scrub. Once its done, take it into open area, and swing it around your head like a lariat. This will get rid of the water excess. Then peg it up to dry.

That's actually how we used to do it!

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Posted By: Bear43
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 3:36am
Sarge, did you use a brush or anything to get the really ground in stuff washed out?


Posted By: Sarge
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 3:45am
This is where the -ELBOW GREASE- comes in. let the sling soak for a minute or two... let the webbing absorb the water... then get an every day hard bristle scrubbing brush (proper bass broom stuff.. no nylon). Put the soap from a bar onto the sling.. not the brush... then have fun.
 
For normal cleaning... a nylon bristled scrubbing brush will do just fine.
 


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This is MY rifle, there are many like, but this one... is MINE!


Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 3:53am
Sarge,

For the "(proper bass broom stuff.. no nylon)" are you speaking of a scrub brush with metal, brass or steel" bristles? Like you use to clean rust off steel?


Originally posted by Sarge Sarge wrote:

This is where the -ELBOW GREASE- comes in. let the sling soak for a minute or two... let the webbing absorb the water... then get an every day hard bristle scrubbing brush (proper bass broom stuff.. no nylon). Put the soap from a bar onto the sling.. not the brush... then have fun.
 
For normal cleaning... a nylon bristled scrubbing brush will do just fine.
 


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Posted By: Sarge
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 4:17am

By crikey... NO! Metal bristles will tear the webbing to shredds!!!

 
I can't recall what its called over the pond, but here a normal yard broom (which I think you chaps call it) is called a -Bass Broom. Natural bristles.. the twiggy kind. I've used a heavy duty scrubbing brush over the pond.. so I know you can get them over there. if you want to use nylon bristles... you can... but its a lot harder work to get the really stubbourn grime off.
 
If you don't want to get on the wrong side of -her indoors- then make sure you have a nice clean patch on the garage floor, or out in the yard... lay the sling out, then set to work.
 
A picture paints a thousand words.. as they say. Here's the heavy duty scrubbing brush I'm referring to.....
 


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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 6:12am
We used to use salt water & a stiff bristled brush much like the one Sarge shows, followed by a fresh water rinse. If you forget the rinse the salt water really messes up the rivets & brass end fittings so use lots of scrubbing & fresh water afterwards. The salt was supposed to bleach the fabric slightly.

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Posted By: Sarge
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 7:59am
Salt!!!!
 
Never heard of anyone using that before. Salt in itself is a currosive, so it acts like bleach.... rots the fabric of the webbing in time. Not really a substance which I would recommend for cleaning fabrics of sorts.


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This is MY rifle, there are many like, but this one... is MINE!


Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 8:50am
Thank you all for your help.

I have learned a lot to day on cleaning slings.




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Posted By: Tony
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 3:51pm
Let the sling soak in a bucket of hot water with a dash of washing machire detergent, then when your Mrs is out stuff the sling in an old pillow case ( to prevent damage to the drum) and pop it in the washing machine. If your Mrs comes home early and finds it in the wash just tell her a loony limey told you to do it. Big smile


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Posted By: Sarge
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 6:16pm
HEY! I resemble that remark!!!   

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This is MY rifle, there are many like, but this one... is MINE!


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 8:41pm
We always called those brushes "DECK BRUSH".
As for referring to TONY as a "LOONEY LIMEY", believe me..she'll believe it...so will anyone else!
Hoadie

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 10 2013 at 10:42pm
Tony,

You are trying to get me in trouble with the better half?

I might upgrade the method to two (2) pillow cases.

Ed

Originally posted by Tony Tony wrote:

Let the sling soak in a bucket of hot water with a dash of washing machire detergent, then when your Mrs is out stuff the sling in an old pillow case ( to prevent damage to the drum) and pop it in the washing machine. If your Mrs comes home early and finds it in the wash just tell her a loony limey told you to do it. Big smile


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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 11 2013 at 12:47am
Don't do wot I did...clean the dirty shootin irons in the bathtub.(That cost me $2,300..& the wrath of GOD!)
Now she's gone...so maybe I'll take a bath WITH the parade sling & try to get the white paint out of it!
Hoadie

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 11 2013 at 12:58am
As I live out off the beaten path, in the boonies, I use a 55 gallon rum to clean rifles. To take a bath I use the pond out back. The snapper turtles do not mind.




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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: Tony
Date Posted: May 11 2013 at 4:30am
Ahhhhhhhh the joys of being single, No1 son and I don't have your problems All we argue about is 1 who's turn is it to do the cooking and 2 what we're going to eat.


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Rottie (PitBulls dad.)


“If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons

Born free taxed to death!!!



Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 11 2013 at 7:55am
steady diet of beans on toast, or bangers & mash.(gets a tad boring after while)Gona hafta spice things up with boxty on the griddle..or welsh rarebit!
Better still-we'll send ya some of them opossums..stuff 'em with some stilton & chives-& your on yer way! That'll get ya goin!
Hoadie

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 11 2013 at 9:49am
I have 32 years invested with my beloved and would not trade our life for anything. We have our ways of doing things and it works for us.



Originally posted by Tony Tony wrote:

Ahhhhhhhh the joys of being single, No1 son and I don't have your problems All we argue about is 1 who's turn is it to do the cooking and 2 what we're going to eat.


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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 11 2013 at 10:13am
I was married 23 1/2 years..to a "Cook" that couldn't!(maiden name was Cook) That woman could burn water! OOoh the stories I have..It was a good thing I was proficient in the kitchen..or we'd of starved!
Oi..
Hoadie

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Posted By: Tony
Date Posted: May 11 2013 at 3:38pm
I was married for 20 years, she played away and got caught. I got custody of the kids, it was the best thing that happened to us. Alex was 8 Victoria was 4 at the time, she's 19 and the lad will be 23 this year , good hardworking well educated kids never been in any trouble who love the outdoor life. It's been well worth the hard work.


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Rottie (PitBulls dad.)


“If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons

Born free taxed to death!!!



Posted By: Sarge
Date Posted: May 11 2013 at 7:39pm
Originally posted by Tony Tony wrote:

"...she's 19 and the lad will be 23 this year , good hardworking well educated kids never been in any trouble who love the outdoor life. It's been well worth the hard work."


AH...But can either of them clean an SMLE webbing rifle sling properly?

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Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 11 2013 at 8:35pm
19 you say?..By chance-does she like gnomes?
Hoadie

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 12 2013 at 1:37am
My children go from 29 to 22.

Some times they act like the three completely different people but they get along great together.

All of them like Enfields but hand them a Ross and trouble reloading happens.




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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 12 2013 at 2:38am
That's cuz ROSS wasn't .303 British, originally.
..& they had a nasty reputation for the bolt blowing back into the shooter's face(rare-but it DID happen enough)
Hoadie

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Posted By: Tony
Date Posted: May 12 2013 at 2:47am
AH...But can either of them clean an SMLE webbing rifle sling properly?

 Yep the lad can. He can also strip clean and reassemble his para version Dragunov blindfold. He'll be using it in a couple of weeks time stalking up in Scotland, a 150 grain 762x54R round works wonders on the big stags when they come marauding in the crops. He cleans and maintains all the rifles and shotguns while I cook the dinner.
 
  Sorry Hoadie she's more into horses, got her own 16 hands chestnut gelding who hates her mum with a passion twice he's had hold of her, last time he near scalped her.  I love that horse!!!Evil Smile


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Rottie (PitBulls dad.)


“If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons

Born free taxed to death!!!



Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 12 2013 at 2:50am
Hoadie,

I still enjoy a good Ross rifle and the gnomes of NC.



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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 12 2013 at 2:52am
I hear the third time is the charm.

Originally posted by Tony Tony wrote:

AH...But can either of them clean an SMLE webbing rifle sling properly?

 Yep the lad can. He can also strip clean and reassemble his para version Dragunov blindfold. He'll be using it in a couple of weeks time stalking up in Scotland, a 150 grain 762x54R round works wonders on the big stags when they come marauding in the crops. He cleans and maintains all the rifles and shotguns while I cook the dinner.
 
  Sorry Hoadie she's more into horses, got her own 16 hands chestnut gelding who hates her mum with a passion twice he's had hold of her, last time he near scalped her.  I love that horse!!!Evil Smile


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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: Tony
Date Posted: May 12 2013 at 2:54am
I hear the third time is the charm.

 No such luck she keeps well clear of him now!


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Rottie (PitBulls dad.)


“If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons

Born free taxed to death!!!



Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 12 2013 at 3:00am
Sorry to hear that.

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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: bristol boy
Date Posted: October 04 2013 at 2:02pm
I have had some slings that were really faded, especially after cleaning. I save up enough cold tea until a pan is deep enough to soak them in, but only for about 10 or 15 minutes, give them a quick reinse under the tap and let them dry, gives them some of their khaki colour back.


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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: October 05 2013 at 1:11am
Thanks bristol boy, I will give it a try.

I was thinking about using left over coffee, but tea sound more proper for use with Enfields.



Originally posted by bristol boy bristol boy wrote:

I have had some slings that were really faded, especially after cleaning. I save up enough cold tea until a pan is deep enough to soak them in, but only for about 10 or 15 minutes, give them a quick reinse under the tap and let them dry, gives them some of their khaki colour back.


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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: bristol boy
Date Posted: October 05 2013 at 1:48am
An Enfield drinking coffee, egads! What is the world coming to?



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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: October 05 2013 at 2:19am
The world to day is a sad place.

I am down to my last bottle of Mccallums Scotch and there is no more in sight.

 
Originally posted by bristol boy bristol boy wrote:

An Enfield drinking coffee, egads! What is the world coming to?



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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: October 05 2013 at 5:22am
Time for Tiffin!Tongue


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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: October 05 2013 at 9:50am
I like Mccallums Scotch better.


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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.



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