Do you pack the rifles in the soft cases within the hard case? Or pack in the checked luggage??? Reason I ask, on my last safari I didn’t have a soft case in the field and my rifle took a beating in the vehicle’s rack.I always take two guns to Africa. Pelican cases work well. Also take a 2 Soft Cases for the truck!!!
It's a welded aluminum 2-gun case that weighs 25 lbs (empty) and doesn't have wheels. I'll make an assumption that 2 safari rifles (with scopes, slings and other kit) weigh in at 10 lbs each. This case is now 45 lbs, 5 lbs away from the limit and it still doesn't have wheels. Not sure about you, but I'm not wanting to carry this thing empty across an airport.Anybody with experience with the kalispel safari 2 gun case?
One trip, a buddy took his similar sized aluminum case and got dinged $200 for oversize baggage.
Yep, it can happen. Usually adding $100-150 per flight because it's considered "freight" due to being over the 62" linear limit. Most of the time you can get away with it, but have a plan (meaning budget) if you have a ticketing agent with a tape measure.One trip, a buddy took his similar sized aluminum case and got dinged $200 for oversize baggage.
If you have Bruce, the "Mayor" of Tambo, at your service, that hustle is a non starter.I have a whole nother story about traveling with rifle cases at Tambo. But that is another thread and no fault of the case itself. Just the fault of the case owner (me) being naive.
This is another thread topic....for a different post.
My rifle case served me fine, but it attracted hustlers at the airport. It cost me some cash and sight of my rifle for a while which made me nervous on the return from Tambo. Nothing $20 didn't fix........Not everyone who claims to work at airport security really does work at airport security.
I am impressed by the cases on this shown on this site. Mine is stock factory. Nothing fancy. I should point out that the TSA agents took the foam liners out of my case when they inspected it. Its standard routine procedure.
Good travels everyone.