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Any tips for flying with a shotgun??????

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by swatman201, Feb 15, 2013.

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  1. swatman201

    swatman201 Member

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    Anyone have some tips for flying with my shotgun. Any help would be appreciated.

    Joe Isnardi

    BPK, Florida
     
  2. Shawn

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    Get your self a good case, a good lock and be familiar with the rules.
    It really is no big deal.

    Shawn
     
  3. swatman201

    swatman201 Member

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    Can you Suggest a good case?
     
  4. smsnyder

    smsnyder Well-Known Member

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    Americase
     
  5. Shawn

    Shawn Member

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    Kalispell is good.
    I have an americase I wouldn't buy another.
    Pelican seems popular but I haven't owned one.

    Shawn
     
  6. Al391brown

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    Buy a pelican and insure it. That way you can hold the throwers responsible for damaging your case. Less likely to damage a fiberglass/ PVC case, the aluminum cases (all of them!) show dents and dings! Always contact your airline beforehand, can't bring gun oil or Aerisol can oil on plane wipe down firearm before departure etc, good luck at the shoot see you there!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. Baber

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    I use a Rhino and an America Lock (Model A6300 or equal )that is difficult if not impossible to cut off. Read and re read the TSA rules and but the excess baggage insurance from he airline.

    T
     
  8. shooter99

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    INSURANCE!!!!!
     
  9. Calkidd

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    It's not a big deal. I flew to the grand using a pelican 1700 case with two keyed Master locks and it worked out fine.

    One suggestion, don't expect your gun to come out on the typical luggage carousel. More than likely it will be set aside. Just grab an airport employee and they will get you to the right area.
     
  10. Nebs

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    Here are some tips:

    Allow a bit of extra time for the bag checking process. You will have to open your gun case and show the agent the gun is unloaded. Best to pack the gun with the chamber open or the rifle bolt removed. You will have to sign a piece of paper and put it in with the gun. Make sure you have the keys to your gun case handy.

    Pack any ammo separately, not in the case with the gun.

    You might have to show ID at baggage claim to retrieve your gun.

    If traveling internationally, study up on the rules for importing and exporting firearms into/out of whatever country you are going to.
     
  11. travisalfrey

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    I wonder if my americase will fit inside my plastic golf travel case? Double the protection.
     
  12. PapCharlie

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    Hi missed my flight to Pittsburgh.. I Arrive 1/2 hour late. My gun in case. with Winchester in big letters all over it. was setting out near the baggage pick up claims.. anyone could of pick it up and walked away with it.... Don't miss your flight..... I don't fly anymore
     
  13. shooter99

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    Nebs you forgot to say after you sign the tag stating the firearm is unloaded it then goes to TSA. Let the agent know you will wait with the keys so if they want to inspect they won't break your locks to look inside. Only YOU will have the keys. If you have any problems with TSA ask for a supervisor. Most of these minimum wage guys with a little authority take it way too far. I fly with guns all the time and I don't put up with any crap I carry a copy of the TSA rules on flying with firearms with me. As I posted before make sure your gun is insured. Allot of the baggage handlers are not in favor of guns and will try and destroy it. If you don't have a special coverage for your gun make sure your home owners will cover it. Also if you put special coverage on your gun and it is not stock of the rack so to speak make sure you list any modifications that has been done otherwise if it comes up missing or damaged you will get value of stock off the rack and not any of your add ones.
     
  14. cottondoctor

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    I have had several cases to include the Americase. Starlight cases have proven to be the best I have used. I have flown numerous times with match rifles, hunting rifles and shotguns. The Starlight cases have given me better protection than any other I have tried.
    www.starlightcases.com
     
  15. smilyb

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    On a flight to Argentina 2 guys used a golf case and wrapped their cloths around the gun. I don't know the brand of the case but it was a very good one.
     
  16. Sky Buster

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    Insurance!! Last time I flew to Vegas, my Perazzi went to
    Hawaii. I got it back about 5 days later with no explanation.
    Insure it for more than's it's worth.
     
  17. Joe Potosky

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    RE: Pack any ammo separately, not in the case with the gun.

    Check with the airline as they may have there own policy, but.....

    TSA

    Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber for a rifle or pistol and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as it follows the packing guidelines
     
  18. southjblue

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    Use the americase cover---I sent mine without cover and when it arrived it looked like it went through the war---All scratched up and it had fragile on both sides---It was a new case and when arrived it looked 10 yrs old---Gun was fine but cover case---Americase sells a great cover----SJB
     
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    Cabel's has a case thats called BULLET PROOF. It has passed case testing with flying colors. I will also say they are great cases. I will in time get the take down case. Not to expensive either.
     
  20. hmb

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    Hold it between your legs, so you can flap your wings. HMB
     
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