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Old May 12, 2011, 04:38 PM   #1
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Recommend carrying case

I'm looking for a carrying case for my supernova. Preferably a soft case but I'm open to anything. I did some research and saw the 5.11 but that may he too much bag for what I'm looking for. It seems nice though. Any suggestions?
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Old May 12, 2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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Just buy a run of the mill soft side 52" shotgun case at your local sporting goods store. Don't waste your money on an expensive hard case, you'll regret it...
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Old May 12, 2011, 06:25 PM   #3
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First some basics: Do you want a long case to carry the assembled gun, or a shorter case to carry the gun broken down? The shorter case has the advantage of not looking so much like a gun and it's easier to stow. Do you want a case with a compartment for an extra barrel or other accessories? You need to decide what you want in a case, and then go looking for a specific case.
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Old May 12, 2011, 06:27 PM   #4
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Local gun shows are the best bet to pick up inexpensive soft sided cases...they should have piles of them.

There are a lot of generic hard cases out there too ...where you take the barrel off the gun / store it in the case ( they have egg crate foam in them ) so the barrel and the receiver don't slam together.

Pawn shops / used gun shops ...have a lot of good, high quality often, used cases as well. I picked up a few rifle cases ...for about $ 20 each a few months back my local shop.
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Old May 12, 2011, 07:49 PM   #5
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as someone who drives a MINI, I can fit a long case in the car...........but a breakdown case is a lot easier to use with my golf cart gun carrier and ammo and case
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Old May 12, 2011, 11:03 PM   #6
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Good shotgun cases(soft hard & tactical)...

Here are a few websites that may offer you a well made shotgun case; .
I like the milspec VooDoo tactical shotgun scabbard too but it's not a full case. The bright orange Pelican line has merit.

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Old May 13, 2011, 03:05 AM   #7
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I use four of them ..blk,canvas denier..really superduty. I carry my twin 1894 45colt Marlin's and my two Stoeger sxs for SASS competition..they double as my carriers for my Colt LE6940's or any other long gun I need to transport safely.
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Old May 13, 2011, 08:41 AM   #8
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I find it like packing drums (for the second post guy).

If you are packing your own equipment and are careful a soft case is okay.

If someone else ever touches your stuff get a hard case.

+1 to the ones that are wide enough to take off the barrel. The trunk of my car is small so some of my cases BARELY fit.
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Old May 13, 2011, 09:06 AM   #9
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My hard plastic case with foam on the inside was a massive $14 at Bass Pro. Pretty happy.

I guess if I was gonna micromanage a soft case i'd throw silica packets in or look for one that has wool or whatever the gun-socks are made out of on the inside. That plus a shoulder strap, and a small loop at one end if i wanted to hang it as well.

However, my cheapness wins out, and $14 plastic case goes everywhere now. I see guys carrying in plastic cases to Bass Pro & clay shooting parks, it's fashionable, like North Face.
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Old May 13, 2011, 11:49 AM   #10
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Correct me if I am wrong those of you from the wetter climates, but do plastic cases have issues with condesation if you are in a cold wet climate?

As for me in South Cal, I am thinking of getting one of the plastic ones like I saw at Bass Pro, Turner's, and even Big 5.
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Old May 13, 2011, 12:07 PM   #11
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No plastic hard cases are not a condensation issue ....most of them are not air tight. If they are air tight / they'll be a problem ...

If you store a gun in a humid environment ...when it cools off ....moisture out of the air will condense on the coldest item in that space. It will make no difference if its a cast iron table top on a table saw in a garage, a gun in a safe or in a soft or plastic case... / condensation will happen.

In "wet climates" and seattle qualifies as that at the least ...we need to keep our gun safes in heated areas if possible / or not back them up to exterior walls, if possible / but if we have to keep them in cooler rooms - then we need to warm up the air in the safe ...with golden rods or a small wattage light bulb or whatever the air stays warm and it holds its moisture. Or you can try a de-humidifier ...but the gel packs don't work too well up here ...because when they saturate / they will then give off moisture like a wet sponge... ( its a battle we all live with ).... me, I just put my foot down ...and told my wife ---the gun safe is going inside - where it belongs !!( and I have the marks to prove it !! ) ....

no seriously, I'm lucky, my safe is in my home -- in my shop ---in a heated walk out basement level. All my guns are in the safe / not in cases - soft or hard ... / cases come out - when I go to the range.

But you have a few humid days in southern CA too ...after a brief storm or whatever'll get some condensation as well ...( not like up here / where we gross moss as a primary landscape plant ....) but humidity is the problem - and most everywhere in the country cools off at night ...and its an issue.
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Old May 13, 2011, 01:14 PM   #12
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All depends on the purpose - just for transport is one thing, also using as storage is another entirely. For just going back and forth, with no anticipated airline travel, and soft case will do, get a hard breakdown if you like to "throw it in the back of a truck while driving down a washboard road".

If you are planning air travel, one that exceeds the recommendations is best - SKB, Americase, Browning Travel Vault, etc.
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