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Posted: 2/20/2012 7:34:39 PM
When flying to a match what case is everyone rockin'? Looking for it to hold all 3 guns, obviously keeping it under the TSA size limitations would be a bonus.
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Posted: 2/21/2012 3:17:01 PM
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I use a Pelican 1750 currently. I am about to send a template to this company to cut out my guns and gear into a custom foam kit so I can hold everything i need in one case. it may weigh more than 50 lbs but it will all be there.

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Posted: 2/21/2012 4:56:42 PM
Jesse, have you ever been tagged for an "oversize bag" fee w/ the Pelican?
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Posted: 2/21/2012 5:58:05 PM
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Jesse, have you ever been tagged for an "oversize bag" fee w/ the Pelican?


Not so far. I only traveled with it once. I put my 3 guns inside my voodoo soft case and stuffed it in the pelican. Then I loaded it with mags and other stuff until it was 49.95 lbs.
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Posted: 2/21/2012 6:15:59 PM
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Originally Posted By JesseTischauser:
I use a Pelican 1750 currently. I am about to send a template to this company to cut out my guns and gear into a custom foam kit so I can hold everything i need in one case. it may weigh more than 50 lbs but it will all be there.

Custom Pelican Case Foam


@ Bryan - many airlines consider the iM3300 or 1750 to be "oversized baggage" - from flying with it last year, I'd say about 50% of the time the gate checker was able to eyeball it and bust out the ruler for more $$$.

$30 to roll your own:


That's my third iteration and with this one, I'll be able to switch from Tac Optics to Limited (but not for this season due to the Pro series).

With a Burris XTR and ADM mount, it was 49.5 pounds everywhere I flew last year.

I think my new glass might push it closer to 50.

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Posted: 2/21/2012 9:15:05 PM
Thanks guys. I have a Starlight that is about the same size as the 1750. I guess I'll find out next month how sharp Southwest ticket agents are on their regs. St Augustine will be my first match by air.

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Posted: 2/22/2012 12:55:00 AM
Originally Posted By DyNo541:
Originally Posted By JesseTischauser:
I use a Pelican 1750 currently. I am about to send a template to this company to cut out my guns and gear into a custom foam kit so I can hold everything i need in one case. it may weigh more than 50 lbs but it will all be there.

Custom Pelican Case Foam


@ Bryan - many airlines consider the iM3300 or 1750 to be "oversized baggage" - from flying with it last year, I'd say about 50% of the time the gate checker was able to eyeball it and bust out the ruler for more $$$.

$30 to roll your own:
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k274/DyNo541/d04886e5.jpg

That's my third iteration and with this one, I'll be able to switch from Tac Optics to Limited (but not for this season due to the Pro series).

With a Burris XTR and ADM mount, it was 49.5 pounds everywhere I flew last year.

I think my new glass might push it closer to 50.

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The guy that made the cases in the link you posted has about 100% more patience than I do. I am going to get something similar but I am going to pay to have someone cut it for me.
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Posted: 2/22/2012 12:55:43 AM
What do oversize bag fees run? I am wondering if it would be better to stuff 200 pounds in one bag or 50 in 4 bags?
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Posted: 2/22/2012 2:01:38 AM
Originally Posted By DyNo541:
Originally Posted By JesseTischauser:
I use a Pelican 1750 currently. I am about to send a template to this company to cut out my guns and gear into a custom foam kit so I can hold everything i need in one case. it may weigh more than 50 lbs but it will all be there.

Custom Pelican Case Foam


@ Bryan - many airlines consider the iM3300 or 1750 to be "oversized baggage" - from flying with it last year, I'd say about 50% of the time the gate checker was able to eyeball it and bust out the ruler for more $$$.

$30 to roll your own:
http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k274/DyNo541/d04886e5.jpg

That's my third iteration and with this one, I'll be able to switch from Tac Optics to Limited (but not for this season due to the Pro series).

With a Burris XTR and ADM mount, it was 49.5 pounds everywhere I flew last year.

I think my new glass might push it closer to 50.

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Cameron, is that the 1750 you have pictured?
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Posted: 2/22/2012 2:03:07 AM
TSA does not have size limitations.
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Posted: 2/22/2012 6:38:33 AM
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Jesse, check w/ your airline. Each one is slightly different.

Southwest allows 2 bags under 50# for no extra cost. Bags between 50 and 100# are $50 each. Luggage over 62" combined dimensions are $50. (length + width + height of case)

If you only have one checked bag + the rifle case, they may not catch that they can charge for the rifle case. At least that's what I'm hoping....

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Posted: 2/22/2012 8:23:14 AM
Originally Posted By JesseTischauser:
The guy that made the cases in the link you posted has about 100% more patience than I do. I am going to get something similar but I am going to pay to have someone cut it for me.


That's how I felt too until people quoted me $100-200 per sheet of cut foam . With the cutting rig (basically a giant resistor), it's easier than using an etch a sketch and I am able to cut a new sheet whenever I need to. Also, the foam runs me about $30 to fill the case. You can buy it in a large sheet and cut several "blanks."

Originally Posted By JesseTischauser:
What do oversize bag fees run? I am wondering if it would be better to stuff 200 pounds in one bag or 50 in 4 bags?


When I have flown with my full kit, it is usually $100 round trip in fees. I carry a Pelican with my guns and a military seabag with my gear & ammo in an Eberlestock and clothes/toiletries on top of that. No carry-ons. Both bags are 49.X pounds.
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Posted: 2/22/2012 10:20:40 AM
I have the SKB double rifle case. It's deeper than the Pelican, not quite as deep as the Starlight (but close), & it weighs less than the Pelican so I can pack in more gear. If I remember, the Pelican is close to 25#'s & I think my SKB is around 17#'s

Here's a great quick resource from Trip Advisor on different airline baggage & general policies. Trip Advisor Seat Guru

I've paid anywhere from $50 to $150 for overweight &/or oversized baggage. I find Southwest to be the friendliest.
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Posted: 7/23/2012 11:09:44 PM
Burkett 3-Gun Case by Starlight Cases

I have 3 Pelican 1750's that I've used for 3-Gun, sniper matches, etc. and ditched them all as soon as I saw this. It's the only case that can truly carry everything and yes, it doesn't get you hit with oversized baggage fees. The best part about this case is that it's two tiers and you EASILY fit everything in there. We place all 3-Gun, mags, scopes, shell holders, etc. all in there with room to spare.

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Posted: 8/14/2012 1:00:47 PM
http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee125/p8ntballer0501/IMG_0595.jpg?t=1344959301

I travel with my case and have had no problems. I got it from casesbyRAZ
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Posted: 8/15/2012 7:37:24 AM
Originally Posted By xARx15x:
http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee125/p8ntballer0501/IMG_0595.jpg?t=1344959301

I travel with my case and have had no problems. I got it from casesbyRAZ


They are using a picture of your case on the website.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 7:52:08 PM
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Burkett 3-Gun Case by Starlight Cases

I have 3 Pelican 1750's that I've used for 3-Gun, sniper matches, etc. and ditched them all as soon as I saw this. It's the only case that can truly carry everything and yes, it doesn't get you hit with oversized baggage fees. The best part about this case is that it's two tiers and you EASILY fit everything in there. We place all 3-Gun, mags, scopes, shell holders, etc. all in there with room to spare.

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It looks to be more than 62 linear inches.
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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:30:32 PM
I flew w/ a big Starlight a few times this year via Southwest. I kept the total weight under 50# and did not have to pay any baggage fees.

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In past years I have flown with several different kinds of rifle cases, Aluminium and "Plastic" including the Pelican.

However in 2004 I started using a case made by TuffPak.

You put your guns in it in quality soft cases, and trhere is room for other things like boots, clothing, and ammo, if the Airline you are traveling on allow it.

I have used this case for several trips in the USA, including three trips to Alaska, and four trips to Africa.

I have their standard sized case and one of their Takedown cases as well as most of my hunting rifles take down.

Unless something radically better comes along I will use only it from now own.

They weigh a lot less than a Pelican, which is important now with the newer airline 50 lb weight limits.
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can't go wrong with pelican.