Here follows details of my newly adapted Rifle case. I've had this about 10yrs now, its a very Solid Aluminium Travel case, its looked after my Rifle & kit well throughout trips to Africa, Hungary & Poland. I have only really a couple of "Bug bear's" with it, one being its a little more bulky then I would prefer. The other is I was always concerned with regards the "Tight" fit of the case on the scope when closed. I've seen a number of similar cases since, most appear made in the same fashion, of which the impact resistant interlocking or "Honeycombe" foam is fitted and packed right up to the top on both sections of the case. After reading Horror stories of "Scope's" losing Zero after heavy jackets stored on them and such like, the tight fit as always left a niggle, could it ever affect the zero? To be honest i dont belive I have ever really had a issue, but its hard to say. I always "Zero" after travelling via plane, on occasion the zero as been out a little, but the permutations are to numerous to lay any blame. I saw a article on here a while back of which a guy had used a "Hot Knife cutter" to sculpture out the foam for a nice recessed snug fit for the rifle and its accesories, bipod, scope, knife, sling etc. I have used one of these knife cutters to make up extra dog slips, if like me you have a few dog's, a few kids and a few "Forgetful" mates,(Can i just borrow this for a wee while) I was always struggling to put my hand on a slip when i really needed one. I had plenty spare climbing rope, these "Hot knife" cutters not only make short work of cutting rope to length, more importantly when cutting they seal the end so no nasty untidy fraying. Once cut to length in conjunction with a short length of glue lined heat shrink, I could knock Dog slips out in no time for Fun. I've since had my fair share of "Free" ale "Knocking" them out for mates & neighbours likewise. Apologie's, digressed a little, the Hand held Hot knife is the perfect tool to sculpture the foam, cutting to the chase a few simple "Heath robinson" carboard templates and in no time you can adapt your case to suit your individual needs. My pictures dont really do it justice,(Off my phone and i'm not very Tecy with photo's)the leather bullet pouch perhaps shows up better then the rifle and bipod, the picture from above really doesnt show the recess very well, not loaded many photos on here, may need to do it again if its not very good.
Cutting to the chase(pardon the pun) the case now closely's "Snug" without any force, packing it is a doddle, the contents sit "Recessed" in the appointed place and remain there, it looks the "Biz" and in my humble opinion has significantly improved both the look and function. The highest point as you may expect was the Scope, I could have cut out a little deeper to recess the Rifle and scope a little more, however to maintain maximum protection, has You can probably just make out from the photo, I cut out a recess on the other side,hence once the case is closed the two sides come togther perfect and it now literally fits like a glove. I'm probably going to look to "Flog" the case shortly on here, for no other reason as highlighted in another recent thread, I procured off here a 2nd hand take down Sauer 202 case. At nearly £600 New i wasnt going to fork out for a New Un, I got mine at less then half that price 2nd hand and in mint condition out of the classifieds on SD, it just makes travelling that little easier. I have a take down rifle so thought why not start to take more advantage of the same. I have provided a quick link below for anyone interested on the hand held "Hot Knife" cutter i used, it really do's work a treat. For any budding "entrepreneur" i'm sure there is a cottage industry out there customising such cases,be warned however "Loose Lips sink ships", mentioned to a pal over a pint, uve guessed next evening he was there at My back door, Rifle case in tow!! Link and Photo follows for anyone interested.