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    Hello,

    I am trying to figure out what kind of extra costs I could have regarding a trip to South Africa.
    When travelling on an airplane with a firearm in Europe it is ok to have only the hard plastic bag they usually give you when you buy the rifle as long as it has some kind of lock. Basically it doesnt give you any safety, the case is not strong and the lock can be easily opened but I have never had any problem travelling in Europe since it is handled as a special baggage. Then I must put the ammunitions in a similar case, for that i use a plastic pistol case with a lock.

    Now i wonder if for a trip to Africa i need a different case. I am quit worried because I saw some special cases that cost almost like my rifle...

    What is your experience regarding firearm cases?

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    I have an SKB Hard Case that I picked up on E-bay,,there are more quality cases out there I just liked their 1500.00 contents and lifetime build warranty,, the company shipped it from Texas to Minnesota with out any packaging Via UPS and it passed that test
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    TSA regs require a case that cannot easily be opened, either by removing/bypassing locks or by prying it open with a reasonable amount of force. I would stick with an airline approved case. They are not all expensive. The most popular on here are the Pelican IM3300, Pelican 1750 and the Tuffpack, the latter has room for clothes and accessories as well.

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    Do you use another pelican case for the ammunitions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.S.C. View Post
    Do you use another pelican case for the ammunitions?
    I have a pelican rip off for the ammo. basically the same box but 1/2 the price.
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    I use an Explorer case, made in Italy, very similar to Pelican, much better price.

    Been to SA a few times without any problems.

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    I just got the im3300 for christmas for my safari in june it is and awesome case, plenty of room for my 2 scoped rifles and a spare scope. it looks to be built like a tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggdawg View Post
    I just got the im3300 for christmas for my safari in june it is and awesome case, plenty of room for my 2 scoped rifles and a spare scope. it looks to be built like a tank.
    Have to agree that it is built like a tank.

    There are pictures of this case in this thread about what fits in it.

    http://www.africahunting.com/namibia...s-namibia.html
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    X3 on the im3300. Im sure mine could fall out of the aircraft, then be run over by one of those mobile airplane stair units, get stuck underneath it and be drug back to the terminal and still be on sight. (of course that would be better treatment than they normally give gun cases but I am just saying) Needless to say they are strong enough to resist the baggage compacter and the baggage-apult for those tight connections, although on my last trip I noticed some minor singing from the baggage cannon.
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