I bought it for $1,950.Yes. I saw that very stock receiver for sale on GB myself. It was definitely a good deal. Not sure what you paid for it, but last I saw it was at $1650.00 or so.
The rule is not new, but for years the airlines generally ignored it.That’s interesting, up until now I was not aware the 1750 exceeded the standard luggage limit. I've only flown it a few times within Australia and few times between Europe and Oz and the dimensions were never questioned. There was always so much excitement amongst the airport staff that the focus must have been on other things.
Actually there are two rules: max weight 50 lbs. and max linear dimensions (width + length + depth) 62".
Starting a few years ago, airlines started checking luggage weight systematically for international flights between USA and Europe/Africa. They now quasi-systematically charge an over-weight fee if a luggage is over 50 lbs. although some AH members continue to report being occasionally able to "sweet talk" their way out of it... The Pelican 1750 with foam is heavy (25.5 lbs.) but generally safari clients have been able to keep it under 50 lbs. with a scoped PG rifle and a DG rifle, although not by a very wide margin...
It is one of the Pelican 1700 advantages for those with take-down rifles: it is significantly lighter at 17 lbs. with foam.
For the first time in 2019, safari clients started reporting being charged an over-sized fee. Sadly, the Pelican 1750 that is one of the most common rifle cases with safari clients exceeds the 62" allowed with dimensions 53" + 16" + 6.12" = 75.12".
It is one of the Pelican 1700 advantages for those with take-down rifles: it is significantly smaller
at 38.1" + 16" + 6.1" = 60.2".
In truth, the main reason why I purchased a Blaser R8 was that I wanted to be able to go to Africa with 3 calibers in one rifle case less than 62" linear and 50 lbs. To the best of my knowledge, the combo Blaser R8 (or similar) and Pelican 1700 (or similar) is the only option...
The last consideration to note is that some airlines increase or waive these requirements for business or first class passengers, so safari clients traveling in these classes may never have been confronted with these rules.