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i am looking for a case for both very short and also sorta long trips. by short i mean covert hopping, making 5-15, maybe 20 minutes max, get out and hunt for a short period of time, then saddle back up and hop to the next covert. i have been using canvas cases with very thick piling in it, unzipped, behind the rear seat of my truck.

for long, serious trips i use double, full length aluminum cases. they are heavy and i trust them immensely, but i don't like to monkey with them if i am not driving a fairly long ways. the canvas case behind the seat is so much easier o use, being far quicker to get a gun in and out.

so now i have a couple of guns that are nicer than any shotgun i have owned. my philosophy on life is the more i spend on something, the harder and more i use it. i want to be sure i get my money's worth out of it. with these guns i want to use them hard, but not beat them up unnecessarily. i don't want to carry the aluminum cases with me, but i also want something more protective than the cordura cases. the good gun has an oak and leather case and the second tier gun has a leather case, but i don't want to break them down all of the time.

so what about about full length leather cases? are they the happy medium i am looking for? i was looking at the ones that could be buckled together, allowing me to carry 2 guns (always have a back-up!) but it would be less cumbersome than the big aluminum cases.

any advice?

thanks!


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I had about a dozen leather gun slips and cases damaged by an inept contractor.
I tried valiantly to find exact replacements for them.
Luckily, the primary shortcomings of vintage gun slips have been overcome with modern materials.

I ultimately chose cases from the Boyt Harness Company Heritage collection.
I am very satisfied with the hides, the hardware, the brass pieces, and the linings.

I prefer those that unzip until they lay open flat because of moisture. At first I didn't feel the clasps on the end were vintage enough, but have come to appreciate the clips that attend the buckles. The brass zippers are quite heavy, and have never bound.

I have about 20 years remaining to get them all marked up and smelling of gunoil, and they are patinating nicely.

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Check out the leather slips from Murray www.murraycustomleather.com.

I've had 2 of his leather slips (one for me & one for my wife)for about 15 years & use them exactly as you describe for local travel & in between coverts.

They have no zippers or any other metal to scratch a nice gun. The down side is that you can't open them up to dry but I am always careful to wipe a wet gun off before putting it into the slip & I've come to prefer this style slip.

They are not cheap but are of excellent quality. Mine have held up very well & offer a lot of protection for transporting a nice gun in a vehicle & the gun doesn't get worn from taking it in & out of the slip as I've found with zippered slips & cases.

Boyt makes a padded canvas slip w/o a zipper & I have one of those also. Much less expensive but doesn't offer the level of protection that the Murray does.

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Brittany man, Have you experienced any burnishing of the bluing on the ends of your barrels yet? I found that it is impossible to clean out sleeve style cases, and the constant sheathing, unsheathing wears away the finish on barrels. And, I could never dry one out. I have a bunch.

I am in the field most everyday, and whatever firearm I am using gets cased/uncased a dozen or more times per day. I will admit that other than a rag with rem oil my shotguns basically get a rag-off, then into the case.
A damp case will etch whatever weave the lining exhibits into any blued surface very quick. I have a GR6 Browning Citori with some sort of damask pattern etched into the barrels from sitting in a case that a cooler dampened.

My choices and behaviors certainly don't mimic those of others, and unfortunately, I have experienced about every way that a firearm can be damaged.

The big difference between $1,000.00 leather cases and $250.00 cases is whether they are made with 1 hide, or 3 pieces. Oh, and whether or not the maker attaches an embossed label. Also, if a person travels, and wishes to carry matching accoutrements, not every seller has a full leathergoods line to attend the cases.
Having handled 6 or 7 brands, it was obvious that only a couple companies in the US make all the private labled sleaves.


On any of my excursions, the most glorious moment is when I unsheath my sabre of the day.

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Zapper,

The guns that get used frequently do show some slight wear to the bluing on the ends of the bbls but I have experienced the same & much worse wear with zippered cases & slips. Unfortunately it's something that is going to happen with a reasonably tight fitting slip & frequent use & I'm most interested in preventing deep nicks & gouges.

The Murray slips are lined with a synthetic fleece & at first I was concerned about it re. picking up grit & moisture retention but these concerns proved to be unfounded.

I've experienced no corrosion issues but I'm careful not to put a wet gun in the slip & on the rare occasion I've got the slip wet I use the wader extension on my boot dryer to get it dry.

Obviously, I don't leave guns in the slips any longer than I must.

Re. embossed labels & matching accouterments, I don't remember if the Murray cases have a label & my luggage is usually a pair of canvas duffle bags I bought from Gander Mountain in 1970 w/my ID elegantly put on with magic marker so the Murray slips definitely don't match.

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Put a gun vault in the bed of your pickup. They are the next best thing to a complete field medical kit for your dogs that you can take hunting.


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The Spanish full length double gun slips for driven shooting are wonderful. One of mine is fleece lined and one is unlined. For expensive guns, I would prefer the lined. Recently marketed slips of this type are very high priced. Our friend Charlie Jordan brought them in under his Everts and Jordan brand a few years ago. They were beyond expensive, but very nice.

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A little shameless self promotion.
http://www.mbabllc.com/hand_made_cases_.html

If you place an order from this post mention you saw it hear and you will get a 10% discount and Dave will get his due as well.

Best.

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