Confused about a gun case

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by nikotromus11, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. nikotromus11

    nikotromus11 New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I just purchased a Planco gun case at Academy sports. Its got a two layer foam bottom on the case. When I place my rifle on the foam, it was very hard to close the case. I'm worried I may damage my rifle/scope. They have instructions for cutting the top layer of faom away to customize the case. Is that what you are supposed to do with these cases? Cut away that top piece of foam? Or, is it supposed to be extreemely tight when I close the case?

    Thanks in advance for any advice here.

    Ryan
     
  2. BlindOldMan

    BlindOldMan New Member

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    My rifle carry cases require some effort to close.. Not hard, you just can't close the top and engage the locks but have to put a few pounds of pressure on the top as you close. This is good. If it were easy the rifles would shift around when carrying.
     

  3. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Yes. Cut out the outline of your rifle in the top layer of foam as per the
    instructions.
     
  4. nikotromus11

    nikotromus11 New Member

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    nope Bill M - I you're wrong. I just took my AR and the case to the local armory. Those guys know what they are talking about. They said it's supposed to be tight like that. You can cut out the foam if you want to, but it will probably look like crap without the right equipment to cut it out with, and then the case will always be married to that particular rifle.
     
  5. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    That is correct. So you know those cases are only good for transportaion and short term storage. The open cell foam traps moisture and promotes rust. It's also not impevious to cleaning solvents and if you leave a gun in there long term it will degrade and you'll end up with a nice waffle iron pattern all over the wood ad metal of your gun.
     
  6. Switchbarrel

    Switchbarrel New Member

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    Am I understanding you correctly, the instructions from the manufacturer say to cut the foam but the geniuses at the local gunshop say "no" so they must be right...? (Sorry gunshop employees who actually know something outside of what Guns & Ammo/Shooting Times, etc. print. Too many around here don't) I don't know which particular case you have but, if the case has three layers of foam, you can cut the middle one, not the top one as you mention, and the rifle won't shift around in the case during transport (yes, it does marry that one piece of foam to that one rifle. Foam is replaceable).

    My Starlight cases came with the razor knife to cut the foam. Surprisingly, an electric carving knife with sharp blades works pretty well too.

    -Rick
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011
  7. crockett007

    crockett007 New Member

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    Before you start telling people they are "wrong" when you asked for thier help, do your homework.

    The extra layer of foam is provided for fitting. This can be done easily with a grease pencil and an electric knife.



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  8. nikotromus11

    nikotromus11 New Member

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    Point taken. Thanks for the info
     
  9. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    I will modify what I said. All the Plano gun cases I have seen have two layers of foam, top and bottom. On these you are not suppossed to cut the foam and yes they are tight. I just went to their website and they show some models with three layers of foam and yes these are meant for you to customize for one gun by cutting the outline of the gun in the middle layer.
     
  10. nikotromus11

    nikotromus11 New Member

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    Awesome! I jsut got back from walmart with box cutters and an electric knife. I'm tyring to find info on the Plano web sight. If you could, please post the link you found.
     
  11. nikotromus11

    nikotromus11 New Member

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    I cannot find a single piece of information on their websight. I sure would appreciate a post with a link to this info.
     
  12. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    Plano ® :: Hunting Products

    Look at the individual case descriptions under hard sided cases. The ones with "pluck foam" are meant to be cut. Find your model and see what it says.
     
  13. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Crockett...that looks like a great job you did there. How long did it take? How many times have you done it before?
     
  14. nikotromus11

    nikotromus11 New Member

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    No kidding. Looks great. Personally - I'd love to just pay a professional to do this. I cannot imagine mine would look nearly as nice, especially with a tactacal weapon with a bunch of curves and shapes.
     
  15. BlindOldMan

    BlindOldMan New Member

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    When I fitted my pistols I used a bright light to create a silhouette on a sheet of paper which I then traced. I used the tracing as a template when I cut the foam. My rifle cases are the two-foam variety though, so not sure how effective and easy tracing would be for larger items.