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Bolt Rifle Hard Case Suggestions #8160279 02/08/21 09:32 AM
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Looking to get some new hard cases for regular use bolt rifles. I like the protection from the insert foam types you cut to fit your gun, but most i have seen are large, heavy, and think it would be hard to keep a sling attached and make a proper cut to fit. The cheaper plano types are light and easy in/easy out, but a bit flimsy and i feel like there could be some room inside the case for the rifle to move a bit.

Curious if anyone has found a good in between case for a scenario like deer season. Where you are constantly taking the rifle in and out of the case along with vehicles. Still relatively easy to move around but not concerned of being bumped around a bit and potentially throwing the scope off.

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There was a time I thought I needed hard cases and had them for everything. I sold the last three last year. Unless I was flying with a rifle/scope I didn't need them. Just used well fitting, heavily padded soft cases. The hard cases took up way too much room when not in use.

When I had them of course Pelican was great and easy to custom cut, and the Cabelas brand was a great alternative.


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How about a Kolpin Gun Boot?


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Re: Bolt Rifle Hard Case Suggestions [Re: TijuanaTom] #8162328 02/09/21 08:48 PM
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I was gifted a Bison hard case and have been impressed with it's durability. They're also a Texas company and have products made in the USA.

Here's their site: https://www.bisoncoolers.com/collections/cases-and-duffels/products/bison-5317-large-hard-case

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IMO, Those large , hard cases are for

1. Air Travel
2. To be Tacticool

Unless you throw your guns around in a pick up bed. Stick with the higher quality soft cases. I like the rectangle shaped cases , they usually have very good closed cell padding, good zippers and lots of storage.. The only negative, is they have a Tactical look, which is okay.

Just don't go cheap.


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For air travel, I use a Tuff Pak. They are actually fairly light, and do a great job of protection. That said, you've got to make sure that your destination transport (light plane, for example) can handle the bulk.

For local use, I really like this soft rifle scabbard. It's a quality unit, and very much worth the price.

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Re: Bolt Rifle Hard Case Suggestions [Re: TijuanaTom] #8164385 02/11/21 12:33 AM
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Even though not your preference, I think the cheaper single gun Plano types or a quality padded soft case are the best options for the uses you are describing.


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