Happy that it worked for you BeeMaa.Wife and I each packed a Pelican 1650 (one tan and one army green) case and had no problems whatsoever.
Rifles were in a black Pelican 1750.
FYI the Pelican 1650 case is the largest you will be allowed to be used for checked baggage.
And by the way, empty it eats up 23# of your 50# limit.
We also use a 1510 as a carry-on.
I do not know...Any word on how hard they are enforcing the "one hard side" rule at OR Tambo? What exactly will they do if you have luggage sent from the US to there that doesn't have one hard side?
We have 2 of the Pelican 12oo's, one for her (270WIN) and one for me (375H&H).I guess that I will upgrade to a more robust Pelican 1200, but at 2 lbs. 9 oz empty, it will add 1.6 lbs. to the current 9 lbs. and get as close to the 11 lbs. max as I want to be...
One of us used his rifle case to also carry binocs, camera, clothes, etc. It is completely OK to do so and it does not in itself trigger additional scrutiny etc. The only side effect is that it took him a little longer than the rest of us to unpack and repack during the TSA inspections, but that was essentially immaterial. I would have no issue carrying other things than the rifle in my rifle case if I do not not take two rifles.You mentioned the constant inspections on your firearms and I was wondering if you feel that using the rifle case to carry clothing or additional items would cause more issues or delays than worth?
I actually looked long & hard for that, considering previous discussions. The answer remains the same. By law, in order to retain ownership of the game, hunting properties in South Africa must have a perimeter high fence. Additional fencing requirements (height, strength, electrification, etc.) exist for properties, such as Huntershill, that have dangerous animals (buffalo, rhino, hippo, etc.) in their hunting blocks.Did you see any of the much talked about fences, besides the one you shot?
I am more focused right now on collecting the species I do not already have, so the next trip will be focused on small animals I do not have: Duiker, Grysbok, Klipspringer ... and always Vaal Rhebok because it love it so much.Any of the larger antelope on your list that you would hunt again? You casually mentioned monster Eland so I am just curious.
No I do not. Hunting is something I cannot multitask with anything. I have a hard time enough remembering to take a few pictures from time to time. I have never been bored while hunting (no need for a book), and I cannot imagine interrupting it to write notes (no need for a pad)... To each his ownDid you carry a book to read or a pad to take notes while in the field?
Actually, the way to get a useful payload in ammo boxes that are small by necessity, is to not take the cardboard ammo boxes, but only the plastic carriers that are inside most boxes. I go one more step by using only plastic carriers from older Weatherby ammo boxes because they are the thinnest, and I cut them to length and width to use two of them sideways, and one of them with only a single column. That way I really maximize payload and take as much as 122 rounds in the MTM box...I bought a couple of the mtm large boxes for our group but I was not too impressed with capacity. I ended up getting a pelican im 2050 which is what I will probably get for my mother as well.
There are several differences besides the latches between the Pelican Storm and Pelican Protector.As stated and shown in a previous post, the MTM box had one of its side latches broken during handling along the way by South African Airways / Johannesburg airport / JFK airport in New York / TSA, so I am moving to a Pelican 1200 next year for the ammo. I looked at the IM 2050, which is the same size, and decided to go with the Protector 1200. Both are identical quality Pelican/Storm cases, but the Protector 1200 two latches are on the front, while the IM 2050 two latches are on the sides, and are maybe (?) more exposed to the same type of shoving abuse that broke a side latch on the MTM box... I am certain the Storm IM case is much stronger than the MTM case, so I would not worry if you already bought it, but you may want to consider the Protector if you need to buy more...
decided to go with the Protector 1200. Both are identical quality Pelican/Storm cases