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#82643 - 02/13/08 07:56 AM Best guncase for air travel??
reb87 Offline
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I need some advice on getting a sturdy case that will protect at least two doubles. Are there any cases that can handle four guns safely?
Thanks, Ross
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#82646 - 02/13/08 08:27 AM Re: Best guncase for air travel?? [Re: reb87]
jjwag69 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Loc: Germantown, TN
Ross,

Americase makes one for two doubles. See http://www.americase.com. If you try to put four in one case it will be heavy and will create over weight charges at the airlines. I have used most all of the cases made and like the Americase and the old Pelican.

Jim

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#82651 - 02/13/08 08:52 AM Re: Best guncase for air travel?? [Re: jjwag69]
BrentD Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
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Loc: Iowa
I use a Pelican for heavy single shot rifles. Mine will hold two rifles that are 52" long. I'd get a shorter one for doubles and break them down.

Brent

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#82658 - 02/13/08 09:24 AM Re: Best guncase for air travel?? [Re: reb87]
Jeff L. Offline
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Registered: 09/13/07
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Loc: Blue Ridge
I have the Pelican 2-gun case and it is quite sturdy. I don't think you'd be able to lever more than 2 guns in there, however.

Within the last 4 - 6 months, there was an article in "The American Rifleman", by Jeff Johnston, I think, testing and rating several airline cases. (I recycle my back issues pretty quickly, otherwise I'd offer more information from the article. But if you have access to back issues, it was not a bad writeup.)

Jeff Loth

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#82659 - 02/13/08 09:38 AM Re: Best guncase for air travel?? [Re: Jeff L.]
Joe in Charlotte Offline
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I use a Tuffpak compact. It weights about 16lbs empty. Airlines charge extra over 50lbs these days so you have to keep the case weight down. The profile of the case does not scream, GUN INSIDE, like some standard cases. When I was leaving Gatwick in Dec, the gate folks couldn't figure out what was in the case until I told them. The cases were really designed for protecting movie cameras and gear on location. They work great.
I saw Chris Batha with the same Tuffpak at a show last weekend. He told me he had used his all over the world and nothing inside had ever been damaged.

http://www.tuffpak.com/retail/product1.asp?P=TP%2D1132KYB

Joe

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#82667 - 02/13/08 10:57 AM Re: Best guncase for air travel?? [Re: Joe in Charlotte]
Tim Carney Offline
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Cabelas sells a case (believe ICC makes it) that can take two breakdown double shotguns or rifles. I have not used it myself.

Noticed that the Americase website sells a velvet interior case that fits two breakdown doubles. But the foam interior case only advertises that it is for two breakdown pump or auto shotguns (looks as if it would handle sxs doubles, too. Anyone have any experience.

I have used an ABS velvet lined case that takes two double rifles/shotguns broken down with no problems on two trips to South Africa. It's fairly light and compact without being flimsy.

Regards

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#82687 - 02/13/08 01:50 PM Re: Best guncase for air travel?? [Re: Tim Carney]
Henrique Menezes Offline
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Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 97
Loc: Portugal

This what works for me:
1-Americase two guns case, a bit heavy, but very compact, and with the cordura covering doesn't look too much like a gun case.
2-The same tufpak as mentioned above, takes 3 guns, and some extra room for other stuff, It doesn't look like a gun case at all, which is important to me.

I have used a ABS 2 guns as well, but it broke down on my last travel with it.
No harm to the guns, but I was really scared when opening to check it out...

HM

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#82688 - 02/13/08 01:53 PM Re: Best guncase for air travel?? [Re: Joe in Charlotte]
Henrique Menezes Offline
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Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 97
Loc: Portugal
Joe,

In what do you put your guns inside the tufpak?
Not very happy with the slips I'm using, as they are too thick.

Thank you
HM

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#82699 - 02/13/08 03:03 PM Re: Best guncase for air travel?? [Re: Henrique Menezes]
Joe in Charlotte Offline
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Registered: 02/01/02
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Loc: Charlotte NC USA
Bubble wrap. I had 9 guns total (some were .410s) in 1 compact TuffPak, butt stocks down, barrels and forends nose down. Everything arrived fine. I can fit 1 of my pair cases in the middle and 2 guns in slender leg-of-mutton leather cases on either side.
My total weight was just over 63lbs.

Joe


Edited by Joe in Charlotte (02/13/08 03:04 PM)

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#82741 - 02/13/08 09:35 PM Re: Best guncase for air travel?? [Re: Joe in Charlotte]
Grouse Guy Offline
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Registered: 10/24/03
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Loc: Montana
One great piece of advice I got for carrying a rifle and shotgun to Africa last year was to purchase a heavy plastic lockable golf club case.

They are darn tough, roll-away, have enough room to put a bunch of other gear in (and yes, you'll probably get charged an overweight fee). But they look (obviously) like a golf case, have room easily for four long guns, and probably only cost half of what a bonafide firearms case costs.

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