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#6793155 - 06/14/17 11:13 AM Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly
deewayne2003 Offline


Registered: 03/19/09
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So I'm going on my first Moose hunt in Ontario this October and we're flying up there and driving back after the hunt... Hopefully with meat.

The flying leg of the journey will be my first time flying commercial with a rifle and I'll need an airline approved case to bring my rifle in, so for you guys that fly with guns what would you suggest for a case?..... Make, model, ect

Also if you could share any particulars to make flying with a rifle less problematic, I would appreciate it.

Thanks,

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#6793161 - 06/14/17 11:15 AM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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I use a Boyt... Absolutely no problems with it at all
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#6793163 - 06/14/17 11:17 AM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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Pelican or Starlight, make sure to order one with wheels.

Pick the size to fit.

I have both and the Starlight is heavier duty and more durable.

Both are excellent quality, but Starlight is my first recommendation.


http://www.starlightcases.com


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#6793165 - 06/14/17 11:20 AM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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+1 for Pelican
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#6793202 - 06/14/17 11:52 AM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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I have a Plano heavy duty case, and it's ok. The handle did break off after several trips, which I improvised a new handle. It's very durable for flying to protect the rifle.
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#6793206 - 06/14/17 11:55 AM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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Pelican - I think the 1720 is the one for rifles

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#6793213 - 06/14/17 12:00 PM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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Flying is probably going to be the easy part. Driving across the Canada/US border with a firearm can be dicey from stories I have heard. Check all the regs carefully. Then you need to do the same for any/all states on this side that you will drive through.

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#6793241 - 06/14/17 12:31 PM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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Make sure it has good locks. Years ago the airlines required the 'firearm' warning on the outside but that changed in approx. 1986 due to theft issues....double check that as the threat of terrorism threat may have put it back in play. P_102
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#6793253 - 06/14/17 12:39 PM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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I have a Tuffpak and like it greatly, but it's certainly not small or light weight. My second choice would probably be Pelican, just because I'm reasonably familiar with their product; I'll be sure to check out Starlight. +1 on the wheels.


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#6793302 - 06/14/17 01:12 PM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: TxHunter80]
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Originally Posted By: TxHunter80
Pelican - I think the 1720 is the one for rifles


That's the one to get. Mine has held the rifle, and scope through all weather. Probably still has mud on it from riding on the back of my four wheeler in Colorado. Zero elements get inside. Pelican actually tests their o-rings by submerging the case in a tank of water for several minutes. They build high quality.

Then there's some people that see those selling for $200+, and complain about sticker shock. In my opinion $200 is cheap if it's holding $5000 worth of rifle and scope.
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#6793336 - 06/14/17 01:35 PM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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My advice is to get a Pelican; specifically one that will hold two rifles. The price difference between a single and double is minimal. Having the option of a second rifle, or additional gear, is worth it. Keep an eye on Cabelas and other retailers. They seem to go on sale every so often.

You will need to secure your ammo in a different container. I brought my ammo in my rifle case going to Alberta last year and was able to spend some "quality" time with the Canadian authorities. They were friendly and no harm came my way. They told me that in the future that I can just lock my ammo in a case and throw that in my checked baggage. While silly they told me the intent was that someone would have to steal two pieces of luggage to get the firearm and ammo. I wound up buying a smaller Pelican case to hold two boxes of ammo for future travel that involves flying. Another option is to buy the ammo once you get there; assuming you use commercial ammo and there is a place on the way.

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#6793664 - 06/14/17 07:32 PM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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Pelican all day everyday. Depending what you have you may want a 1750

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#6793670 - 06/14/17 07:38 PM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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Pelican is great, as stated by many. If you want an even sturdier case, the ones by Americase are fantastic. Sometimes they even have returned/as new for substantial discounts. Mine has survived a couple of trips to Sonora, MX and 4 trips to Africa.

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#6793682 - 06/14/17 07:53 PM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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I use a Cabelas heavy duty aluminum double rifle case with wheels and a handy little fold out shelf that holds my duffel bag in place. Acts like a dolly basically. It's a little on the heavy side but you don't really notice it rolling it.
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#6793985 - 06/15/17 07:52 AM Re: Airline approved rifle case- Need help from you guys that fly [Re: deewayne2003]
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Field and Stream 5 part "field test" by Dave Petzal gave the Pelican the highest marks by a long shot. Just what I needed - an excuse to spend another $270. hammer
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