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joeranger
July 17, 2007, 03:40 PM
I have been carrying my rifles back and forth to the range in a guitar case. Discreet and lots of pockets for stuff. I don't travel with my rifles but I might soon.
I bought a $29 plastic case for my new Savage 93R17. I had to, to take it home.
It is fine for general purpose.
Eventually, I would like to start customizing cases like this
http://www.casesbypelican.com/customguncase-IMG_5787-0104-2007.jpg

It seems silly to put a battle rifle in a case designed to keep eggs from cracking, but I love the custom look. Is there a cheaper alternative?

Wildalaska
July 17, 2007, 03:45 PM
I love custom cases....

Here is my baby in his nest

WildsleepingtodayAlaska

RevolverLover
July 17, 2007, 04:51 PM
I love custom cases....


Me too. All of my scoped rifles are nestled in protective foam in hard cases.

Barber2678
July 17, 2007, 04:52 PM
Here is my baby in his nest

Brag, Brag, Brag. :p

fisherman66
July 17, 2007, 04:59 PM
I'm kinda partial to leather covered oak. Not that I own one.

Scorch
July 17, 2007, 05:03 PM
I like my hard case, too, but I guess I'm low-budget. I just go with the egg-crate foam. That way it's not dedicated to just one rifle. I suppose if I had a super-custom setup I would get a compartmentalized case for the rifle and all its accessories. Just to keep it from getting fingerprints and such.

Rembrandt
July 17, 2007, 05:05 PM
Guess I'm a sucker for custom cases....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/Leigecase2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/Leigecase1.jpg
Why stop at rifles and shotguns....handguns deserve custom cases too.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/Pistolcases1.jpg
Been thinking about building one like this....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/45calLuger.jpg

KDM
July 17, 2007, 06:10 PM
Aww, geez...now I got case envy! I just use those zippered foam-n-nylon jobbies. Some of those fitted cases are so expensive you'd need a safe to keep them in, too. Either that or a room dedicated to case storage.

fisherman66
July 17, 2007, 06:27 PM
Some of those fitted cases are so expensive you'd need a safe to keep them in, too. Either that or a room dedicated to case storage.

or a case to protect the case:)

tomh1426
July 17, 2007, 07:04 PM
Ive seen stainless steel brief case looking cases at Home depot and Lowes
Inside the foam is cut into abunch squares so whatever you can costom fit it to ?? whatev

Ruger4570
July 18, 2007, 10:57 AM
I have a few Browning fitted cases for some guns, but when I travel I simply use a $15.00 Doskosil plastic case with the waffle type padding. I flew from here in NY to Phoenix and back using this case and it protedted the gun perfectly. Nothing moved and I could see some dings on the case from Gorilla's loading the plane. I sure would hate to have a beautiful custom case messed up from airport baggage handlers. I also liked the fact I could put 3 padlocks on the case making it real hard for anyone to get into the case.

VUPDblue
July 18, 2007, 11:26 AM
Here is where 2 of my SBR'd AR's live:

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=25656&stc=1&d=1184775949
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=25657&stc=1&d=1184775949

USMCG_HMX1
July 18, 2007, 02:02 PM
Keep in mind that if you're going to travel with your guns, they need to be secured in a FAA approved lockable case. I have yet to travel with anything I know for fear of the TSA agents doing something to my rifles.

I've seen some of the stuff they do, and most of them are border-line stupid.



Kris

Slopemeno
July 18, 2007, 02:51 PM
Check "Craigslist" in your area for stuff like that. Look under "Sporting Goods" or "General for Sale" items. I've picked up lots of gear off of there for very reasonable prices.

FirstFreedom
July 18, 2007, 03:47 PM
or a case to protect the case. :) Hee, hee, reminds me of.... well, just type "box in a box" over at youtube and see what comes up. :eek: :p

Nice cases though, guys. Too rich for my blood however. That would cut too far into my "just one more" gun budget.

Does anyone here take a "blank" case like that, meaning the foam is not yet cut, and then cut it exactly the way you want it, for the particular accessories you have and gun's shape? What sort of tool do you use to make the cuts look nice? I take it that scissors alone wouldn't be up to the job.

Rembrandt
July 18, 2007, 05:15 PM
....Does anyone here take a "blank" case like that, meaning the foam is not yet cut, and then cut it exactly the way you want it, for the particular accessories you have and gun's shape? What sort of tool do you use to make the cuts look nice? I take it that scissors alone wouldn't be up to the job.

Pretty easy to do...use 2" thick "ethafoam" blocks, same material used for archery targets...very dense and won't hold moisture. Lay out the guns as you want them to be displayed and trace an outline around each one. Use an end mill or wood router bit in a Drill press to cut away the material. Take about 3/8"-to-1/2" deep of material at a time. Each layer may have a different shape to conform to the shape of the gun. Several passes may be required to get the correct depth.

I've used 4" deep cases to accomadate two 2" layers, upper and lower level.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/Rembrandt51/DEKit.jpg