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#189765 05/22/10 01:24 PM
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Hello, I am new to this forum.
I have a Merkel 140 in 9.3X74R, Leupold 1.5-5 on german claw mounts.
I need an airline case to transport my rifle to South Africa.
I plan on having a shotgun barrel made for this in the future and would like a case to carry both barrels and the scope.
What is a good case for this purpose?
Also, can someone tell me if and how to remove and replace the front sight blade?
It looks like it is an insert, but I don't want to start hammering on it if I don't know for sure how it comes out.
Thank you,
Carl

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Americase...Geo <http://www.americase.com/>

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Have a look at a Pelican 1650! It's on my short list for my DR's.
It's alot smaller that a regular gun case so it doesn't look like something a baggage monkey will play with.

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Thanks, for your input. I was looking online at the Americase.
I cannot tell what it has for locks. Any help on the locks?

The pelican is quite a bit larger and over twice the weight (30 pounds) of the Americase. With a rifle scope and shotgun barrel this would be pushing 45 pounds. Nothing I would like push though the airports.

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Originally Posted By: cjensen
I was looking online at the Americase.
I cannot tell what it has for locks. Any help on the locks?


Combination in the middle and two heavy lockable clasps...Geo

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Take a good look at Tuffpak. It is impossible to crush. Do not get TSA locks on a gun case.

The sight should just tap out. You will need a drift pin.

Pete

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Thanks, looks like Americase is a go


Originally Posted By: Geo. Newbern
Originally Posted By: cjensen
I was looking online at the Americase.
I cannot tell what it has for locks. Any help on the locks?


Combination in the middle and two heavy lockable clasps...Geo

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Thanks for the reply
Tuffpak does not list a weight, any idea on what one weighs?
Have you had a front site removed or is this a best guess?



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Take a good look at Tuffpak. It is impossible to crush. Do not get TSA locks on a gun case.

The sight should just tap out. You will need a drift pin.

Pete

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Thanks everyone. I decided on the Americase. Cabelas had it in their Bargin Cave for $199 and $5 shipping. I love it when a plan falls together.
Now, for the front sight issue.
Has anyone had a Merkel 140 front sight changed out ???

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You will really like your Americase. The Tuffpaks are also as rugged as a case can be and will hold a gun or 3 in soft cases + a lot of clothing stuffed in for additional padding. The folks that have them like them a lot. I have a 2-gun Americase and REALLY like it. I just make sure that each gun piece is in a good gun sock. You can also put a lot of extra stuff in the Americase like cleaning stuff, screwdrivers, etc. Just make sure to pad it all individually.

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Contact Steyr Merkel USA and ask for Herbert. He will tell you how to remove the front sight and sell you a new one. Practically all Merkel sights I have seen are made by Recknagel. You can select your sight from the Recknagel catalog.

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