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    Rifle case for flying

    Hi I am going Boar shooting in Croatia in November I would like some advice on a gun case for flying I was thinking of making one I have a good workshop but don't know if these cases have to be approved any advice would be gratefully received.

    Allan

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    Really for the money you can pick something half decent up for I would buy one. A Plano single might set you back£50, Dosko are another brand. They come up every now and again on fleabay,maybe even here also.

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    I can highly recommend SKB cases, and customer service second to non.
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    Pelican 1750 is a safe bet

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    Quote Originally Posted by JabaliHunter View Post
    Pelican 1750 is a safe bet
    +1 I wouldnt trust my rifles in anything else.
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    Any good quality, lockable, hard case with concealed hinges will be just fine

    I agonised over the choice when I took my .270 to the US a year or so ago, and ended up with a metal case from the Bay of E for around £60. If I had to make the choice again I'd go for ABS plastic. Mine had both lockable clasps and provision for padlocks. I wouldn't recommend combination padlocks though. Get decent quality keyed ones
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    I wouldn't use anything but Peli/Storm cases- they get a right hammering from the baggage staff etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsmoke View Post
    I wouldn't recommend combination padlocks though. Get decent quality keyed ones
    Is there any particular reason for that? Other than having a set of keys to lose I would have thought combination locks are easier to deal with anyway. I get the impression that any padlock is at most a superficial, if required, security add-on as the rifle(s) and ammo are accompanied and/or signed in and out at every stage of the journey when not in actually in your possession. This was certainly my experience when, after police inspection, they were signed for and handled by 'specialist' airport staff, with the reverse happening at the other end until they were released and handed back to me.

    BTW. Agree about the Peli Storm cases being worthwhile spending a bit extra on for piece of mind. As it happens the imminent purchase of a take down rifle means I'll very likely have a Peli Storm im 3300 case for sale. Takes two rifles and used once.

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    Yes Peli wheeled rifle cases are very good (casemarket.co.uk). You can also get TSA approved 'padlocks' which have a combination number for normal use but can be opened by security staff with the right widget. I find some of the other cases (SKB etc.) a bit variable in terms of bulk and what you get. I buy lots of cases to put rack mount computers and survey gear in and after many disappointments Peli get my ££ nearly everytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Is there any particular reason for that? Other than having a set of keys to lose I would have thought combination locks are easier to deal with anyway
    Only that most smaller combination padlocks tend to be a bit flimsy in my experience, and the size of the holes in most cases I've seen are pretty small. I'd need to check back in my emails, but I'm fairly sure Delta mentioned their preference in one of their responses.....

    My experience was very different to yours in that the airport and airline staff seemed to have zero clue whatsoever, despite having their own procedures. The rifle was returned to me following my Edinburgh flight by a completely bewildered wee fella who looked terrified at the very thought of carrying it, and didn't ask fro any of the documentation. Then the Flybe staff on the return leg were worse than useless. As were the two armed airport police who decided to get involved following the check-in staffs idiocy and then handed my rifle to some random (to me) bloke to physically carry it through the airport to the aircraft. When I mentioned I wasn't happy about this, I was basically told to wind my neck in. Subsequent complaints were ignored......
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