I got tired of lugging a heavy case up my basement steps. The Americase is a great choice for air travel but for back and forth to a local gun club I think its overkill. I'm now using a Beretta full length case if I'm not taking both barrels of my combo set. Otherwise its a Boyt soft breakdown case that will hold two barrels. Those aluminum cases look great and will protect your gun but the soft cases I'm using are a lot lighter and offer plenty of protection for what I need.
First of all, are you buying a case to transport a gun by "air" or is it to be shipped by "ground"?! If the case is only expected to provide interim transport to/from a range while with you in the car/SUV, then an Americase, in my opinion, is more case than you may need. Can you provide a bit more information on its intended purpose?!
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They are a great case but if you are going to use it by air make sure you buy the cover that is an extra---I sent my K-gun by Spirit Air and they marked it
FRAGILE on both sides---Well the case was brand new and it was all scuffed up when I returned---Looked like it went through a war---gL---SJB---
I totally agree with Mike Poore. Get a SKB case for all your car travel needs to clubs and only get the Americase if you need to travel on a airline!!! The americase is just to heavy for local and driveable shoots. Break-em all. Jeff
Thanks for all the feedback. I decided on the Americase. Considered the SKB gun case with foam, but I wanted the best protection for my gun. IMO, the weight of the Americase (20lbs) is a plus. (Some of us drive big 4wd SUVs and pickups back and forth to the grocery store. Overkill or safety?)
I will use it only to transport my gun to and from the range in my car. Just think of all the free exercise I'll get lugging this 33lb case plus gun and stuff around. I have no plans to fly with my gun. But then again, a year ago was the first time in 40 years I'd fired a gun. Who knows, maybe next year I'll be flying to the Grand in Remington or Winchester's corporate jet. When I buy equipment, I look for the best I can afford (then add a more), and that I can grow into.
Does Pelican make a shotgun case? I used Pelican cases for work equipment, and they are great. I have an Americase which is extremely heavy, and a Perazzi hard plastic case (has been wonderful for air travel), a Beretta hard plastic case for my combo (which seems really nice, but I haven't flown with it yet), and then I also have a John Hall case (don't use it anymore). The Americase is a trophy, so I don't use it. It's embroidered on the inside.