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Pelican Rifle case

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Iansstud, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. Iansstud

    Iansstud Well-Known Member

    Hey all,

    I was looking at the pelican cases and incase you havent noticed... they are not cheap!!!

    Does anyone have a cheaper alternative?

    Im not looking for a case that a M1abrams can drive over, just something that kindof looks the part, and dosent have Chrome/Aluminum around it. Hopefully water proof...

    If not whats a good deal on a pelican case for a Rem 700?
  2. JWarren

    JWarren Well-Known Member

    I have a Pelican 5160 for my LR-308. True, they aren't cheap, but I consider them worth every penny.

    While not any cheaper than Pelican, Storm cases are considered top of the line as well.

    If it were me, I'd use some cheap plastic case and be careful until I could get a Storm or Pelican-- IF you need that kind of protection.

    I strap mine to the back rack of a 4 wheeler and drive through a swamp to deer hunt.

    -- John
  3. bonedust

    bonedust Well-Known Member

    +1 on the Pelican. i made the mistake of goinga cheaper route and did some major damage to a Sig 30-06 i dearly love. no more second rate cases for me...
  4. bfoosh006

    bfoosh006 Well-Known Member

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  5. erict

    erict Well-Known Member

    I don't know how expensive the Pelican cases are because I do not own one. I have a double sided aluminum Winchester that has wheels though. I paid $150 for it at a local gun show if I remember correctly. It's pretty sturdy and has handled plenty of abuse on my end. Here is a generic picture of it.

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  6. Dunkelheit

    Dunkelheit Well-Known Member

    If you love your guns, go and get a peli ;)
  7. Cannonball888

    Cannonball888 Well-Known Member

    I trust only a Pelican to carry my .50. It's watertight and can even keep the 30lb beast afloat.
  8. H2O MAN

    H2O MAN member

    My MK14 SEI Mod 0 rides in a Pelican 1700
  9. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

  10. feedthehogs

    feedthehogs Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if Starlite is still selling at Sams stores but a few years back I bought a pallet of two rifle cases for less than half of what they retailed for.

    Starlite is much better than pelican.
  11. Thumper_6119

    Thumper_6119 Well-Known Member

    Check on ebay. I just got a Pelican 1750 w/3 foam inserts for $150 on ebay. (Not a knock-off, it's the real deal).
  12. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    I worked a a traveling field service guy for 5 years, flying weekly with 50 lbs of tools.

    The Pelican cases I used got scratched, dinged, and dirty. They never broke and are as functional now as when I bought them. Other guys I worked with got cheaper cases and only needed to replace theirs yearly.

  13. Iansstud

    Iansstud Well-Known Member

    I wish I could afford a new Tan Pelican case but... Its the same reason I dont have a glock... I have a really hard time buying 17$ in plastic that has been formed into a gun for $600....

    Ill keep my eyes peeled on ebay and hope for a used one, thanks guys
  14. JWarren

    JWarren Well-Known Member

    I look at it this way...

    My case holds $2,400 worth of gun and optic.

    I paid $180 for my Pelican 5160.

    That is a 7.5% one-time premium to protect the firearm anytime I take it out hunting or transporting.

    Not bad, really.

    -- John
  15. red_cedar

    red_cedar Well-Known Member

    Starlight cases are a good option.
  16. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Good grief Your gun cost 5 times what my car cost 5 years ago, let alone what your case cost.

    I NEED A BAIL OUT!!!!!
  17. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    going cheap on a guncase for your rifle is as bad as going cheap on a holster for CCW.

    it's not an investment, it's to protect your investment
  18. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    I assume it depends on how you handle and treat your equipment also. My Dosko Dlx rifle case gently holds my Bench rifle to the range after I lay it into the back of my hatchback and again when I lay it into the back again tor the trip home. Being as I consider myself careful on how I handle it so far for 10 years I have yet to get a scratch or dent on said rifle or scope. Needless to say I don't drive over it as I usually make dead sure its in the car or on the bench. Bragging rights are reserved for the targets and groups shot, not for the expensive case the rifle rides in.

    I realize their are more expensive cases but I have no need for spending dollars to impress anyone. Mayhaps I'm just to practical but that may come from 20+ years being director of purchasing for a fortune 500 company.

    Saying all this the $200 cases have their place, but for average use I wonder. Also $15/20 wholesale cost of plastic and turning it into a $200 case no wonder folks turn to Chinese goods. This seems rampant through American goods. News today sited the avg U.S. auto worker makes approx $154 per hr. more than a foreign make made in the U.S. This was after all benfites are added in, then they wonder why we're in bad shape.
    Oh well their's my rant and I assume most will not even be able to tie all this together, buts that their problem not mine.
  19. JWarren

    JWarren Well-Known Member

    jcwit makes an excellent point.

    A typical Dosko case is likely FINE for 99% of what most people use a case for.

    Hell, I have two.

    The reason that I have a Pelican is that I use a 4 wheeler as transportation in a swamp for hunting. My case gets bungie-cord attached to the rack of the 4 wheeler and off I go.

    There's times that I've had to hose the case off after a hunting trip.

    But now that hunting season is over, my 5160 is behind my sofa in my study. It may well stay there until next November. Putting a 15 pound rifle in a 21 pound case and hauling it around isn't my idea of fun.

    -- John
  20. Horsemany

    Horsemany Well-Known Member

    I actually prefer the $35 Airglide. It stands your rifle up on foam pillars. Two velcro straps keep it tight. THe benefit is nothing touches your scope so there's no stress on anything as it bounces down the highway in the truck. The Airglides are quite common at benchrest matches.

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