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Old 03-12-2018, 05:35 PM
postal postal is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Minnesota
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Meguiar's is good and probably contains the same stuff, but the easiest thing to use that will not start rot or mildew, will not promote any acceleration opf drying or cracking would be a treatment with LANOLIN in it.
Go to any tack store, Fleet Farm, Farm and Fleet, etc. and buy a small tub of "Harness and tack" dressing.
Leather naturally has oils like lanolin in it and hardens as it ages and dries out.
Adding a healthy dose to a leather item will make it somewhat waterproof soften the leather up, reduce the risk of cracking and preserve the leather better than almost anything else, and very inexpensively.

The stuff is made to protect leather from the sweat of horses and the elements, and it works really well!

Want to get it to soak in with just one coat? Warm the sling up in the oven on
warm" to say, 150 degrees or so, then apply a heavy coat and roll the sling up in a ziploc bag. Let it sit for a day then wipe off all excess with a chunk of old denim.
Of course, some shooters don't like the looseness of an oiled sling and prefer the leather to be stiff so it won't stretch.
If you are planning to shoot with it, maybe dry is best. Try it first. For carrying, maybe add a light treatment and try can always add more later if it isn't soft enough.
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