Find the Best Scoped Rifle Cases to Protect your Investment!
Hard Shell and Soft Rifle Cases – Waterproof and TSA Airline Approved!
A few years ago I went in search for the best scoped rifle cases to fit my two long range rifles. The scopes have 52m objective lenses which make the job that much more challenging. I spent hours carefully researching each product that seemed to be what I was looking for. After ordering, I ended up having to return four of them because of inaccurate or insufficient information. Eventually, I found the best cases for my own requirements
I learned that finding the best case to fit your rifle can be a frustrating and time-consuming undertaking. More often than not companies do not provide the important details in their description you should know. Information such as dimensions inside and outside.
To help you avoid a similar experience I decided to share what I learned during my search for the best case to fit my scoped rifles.
Below you will find my top picks of both Hard Shell Cases and Soft Cases. For complete Details and Recommendation click on “More Info.”
TOP THREE HARD SHELL SINGLES
|PELICAN STORM IM3410||VAULT BY PELICAN – V770||Plano ProMax PillarLock|
BEST OVERALL SINGLE
BEST SINGLE for the MONEY
BEST ECONOMY SINGLE
TOP THREE HARD SHELL DOUBLES
|Boyt H51 Hard-Sided Double Scoped Rifle Case||Plano AW Double Scoped Rifle Case 108191||Flambeau Outdoors 6499NZ Safe Shot|
BEST DOUBLE OVERALL
BEST MODERATELY PRICED
BEST BUDGET PRICED
TOP THREE SOFT SINGLES
|Boyt Harness Signature Series||Allen Co. Gear Fit Pursuit||NcSTAR VISM Deluxe|
BEST HUNTER SINGLE
BEST for the MONEY
TOP THREE SOFT DOUBLES
|VooDoo Tactical Weapons Padded Double||Savior Equipment American Classic |
|VISM by NcSTAR Double Carbine/Rifle|
BEST MODERATELY PRICED
BEST for the MONEY
Best Soft Cases for Scoped Rifles
Below you will find both Double and Single rifle soft cases I believe represent the best quality, utility, and value. Most of the products are available in different overall lengths and color options.
NOTE: Make sure and measure your rifle before ordering. Check the overall length and the widest section of your rifle and scope for the best fit without guessing.
I recommend that you allow approximately 2″ per each end on the length and 1 1/2″ per side on the height.
Founded in 1901 Boyt Harness has become the brand discriminating shooters and hunters depend on for rugged high quality products.
The Boyt Harness Signature Series Scoped Single Rifle Case is designed to provide your firearm with rugged protection and easy portability. The exterior shell is made from 20 oz. waxed canvas. 40 oz. quilted flannel with 100% cotton batting house your rifle and scope. Cotton helps draw away any moisture away from your rifle and optics.
A large 10” x 4 ½” Exterior pocket provides plenty of room for your essential accessories. The handle, sling, and trim are crafted from Italian Harness Leather for added strength.
With 5 sizes to fit most scoped rifles and 2 color options, the Boyt Harness Single Scoped Rifle Case is the perfect choice for the hunter who wants the highest quality soft case for his/her rifle. And, all Boyt Harness products come with a lifetime warranty!
Allen Company is a USA manufacture of shooting and hunting gear since 1970. Their focus is on purpose-designed high quality gear. The Gear Fit Pursuit Line of soft scoped rifle cases are built with features to fit the unique needs of Deer, Elk, and Predator hunters. Each case has functionally attractive and appropriate camo coloration depending on model.
The interior of the case is lined with heavy-duty, dual-density foam for maximum protection. The lining is easy to clean and has oversized lockable zippers that are easy to open.
The 3 ¾” wide x 14” long sling is constructed of highly durable lightweight Hapalon material with low density foam padding with a non-slip backing. This makes these soft cases extremely comfortable to carry on those hunts that require a lot of trekking.
Each case has multiple pockets designed to accommodate the special gear each type of hunting pursuit demands plus misc storage pockets.
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Allen Co. makes some of the best moderately priced soft rifle cases for hunters currently available. Each model is thoughtfully designed for maximum functionality and overall utility. Available in 2 overall lengths of 48” and 52” that will accommodate most hunting rifles with optics.
These cases are water resistant but NOT waterproof or floatable.
Like all NcSTAR VISM products this deluxe single scoped rifle case offers value and versatility at a modest price. The NcSTAR VISM Deluxe Case is ideal for the shooter or hunter who just wants a quality soft case without investing a lot of money.
With 7 sizes to choose from and 11 color options you can select a case to fit your rifle and your taste. Featuring a sturdy carry handle plus an adjustable sling and 5 exterior pockets with Velcro secured flaps for mags and accessories.
An outer height of 16 inches is plenty of room to fit an AR or tactical rifle with optics and handgrip, no problem! A
The VISM Deluxe Rifle case features tough PVC materials and high density foam padding for maximum protection. Heavy duty double zippers insure easy access and closure.
The VooDoo Tactical is one of the best tactical double long rifle soft case available. Rugged ballistic pack cloth protects your rifle from rips and cuts. And plenty of padding so your optics won’t get knocked out of zero. Military style self-repairing zippers assure easy access to your weapon.
Three outside adjustable pouches will accommodate your magazines and other shooting gear while protecting them from the elements.
In the 42″ length, this case is an excellent choice to carry 2 AR’s, carbines or other compact rifles up to 40 1/2″ long. The 46″ size will accommodate larger scoped hunting, tactical rifles such as FAL, M-1 Garand, M-14, and shotguns up to 45″ inches in length plus 2 pistols.
The Savior American Classic soft rifle case provides all the utility you need to carry your firearms to and from the range or to your favorite hunt site. And you don’t have to carry along a separate case for your pistols.
This is an excellent case for accommodating a couple AR’s, hunting, or tactical rifles along with all your support gear. With 5 sizes to choose from and 4 color options, the Savior American Classic is hard to beat.
The VISM by NcSTAR is a deluxe double rifle case at an economical price. Designed to safely carry 2 scoped rifles plus all supporting gear, this quality product offers excellent value for the serious shooter.
From my own user experience I have become a big fan of the VISIM by NcSTAR product line. All of their products are well-thought out and built with quality material for excellent functionality. When compared to other higher priced cases the VISIM Double looks just as good and does just as good a job of protecting your firearms, for less money.
Every imaginable storage and carry option is designed into this double scoped soft rifle carry case. Easily stow and organize you hearing and eye protection, magazines, and log book.
The main compartment will hold 2 scoped rifles from 34” long up to 53” in length (allowing 1” per end). Thick ½” closed cell foam padding protect your rifle and scope from bumps and scratches. Diagonal pockets on each end to secure the muzzle and stock. And, 2 hook & loop straps to keep the rifles from shifting.
What is Your Intended Use?
You’re Intended Use Determines the Best Case for your Rifle and Scope!
Finding the best case for your rifle depends on the type of rifle you have and what you intend to do with your rifle. Obviously a person with a custom built $5,000 rifle and scope designed for precision long range competition has different requirements than the occasional hunter with a $400 off-the-shelf rifle and scope combo.
Soft Rifle Cases
Soft rifle cases or bags offer good protection for your rifle and scope while carrying, storing, or transporting as long as you are in control. However, if you plan on using the airlines to travel and transport your firearm, you will need to opt for a TSA, Airline approved hard rifle case.
Soft rifle cases are easy to carry in the back of your SUV or behind the seat of your car or pickup. Because they are soft and flexible, they will fit in almost any space that’s large enough to accommodate them.
The biggest advantage of a soft shell case is they are much lighter than a hard-shelled rifle case. And for those periods of time when you are not using your rifle, a soft case is excellent for storing your firearm.
TIP: A good idea to help prevent moisture from condensing on your firearm is to first place it in a Silicone Treated Gun Sock. It also adds an extra layer of padding while stored in your soft case.
Many soft rifle cases have pockets and compartments for carrying along your hearing and eye protection, magazines, ammo, and other gear. “Tactical” soft rifle cases typically have MOLLE (modular, lightweight load-carrying equipment) Grid strips sew on so you can add other MOLLE bags and cases. Most soft rifle cases have separate compartments for carrying along a pistol or two.
Some double soft rifle cases are equipped with shoulder straps for carrying your gear longer distances.
Soft Rifle Cases are a great choice as long as you are in control of the environment. They are dependent upon a thin skin and a layer of padding approx. 1/2″ thick to protect your rifle and scope. You can expect a good quality soft case to protect your rifle and scope from bumps, jars, and some heavy handling in general. Most of the top brand cases will protect your firearm and scope from rain but are not water proof to withstand immersion. SEE: IRON JIA’S Waterproof Long Rifle Soft Tactical Dry Floating Case
Soft Rifle Cases are NOT TSA or Airline Compliant
If you plan on flying a soft rifle case will not work for you. They are NOT TSA compliant and simply will not protect your rifle and scope from the all-to-often heavy gorilla handling typically associated with the airline industry.
Soft rifle cases are a more economical option for toting and storing your scoped rifle. You can expect to pay from $25 for a basic hunting rifle soft case, all the way up to $175 for a tactical soft double rifle case.
Hard Rifle Cases
A quality hard case offers superior protection for your rifle and scope. If you own an expensive rifle and scope build and want the maximum protection your best option is a hard shell rifle case.
The best hard cases provide two barriers of protection for your rifle and scope: An outer shell made from molded plastic or aluminum protects your weapon from cuts and stabs. A layer of foam between the rifle and outer shell absorbs the energy from kinetic forces caused from blows, collisions, and dropping.
TSA, Airline Approved Hard Rifle Cases
A TSA Airline approved rifle hard case is designed to withstand the abuse of the airline baggage handling crew (in most cases; no pun intended). And, all hard rifle cases that are TSA Airline approved are also lockable.
NOTE: TSA ONLY approves of lockable Hard Rifle Cases and must be checked in with TSA Approved Locks
Protection Against the Elements
The top of the line hard shell rifle cases are gasketed between the lid and main body to form a hermetic seal impervious to dust or water infiltration. A one-way valve releases any pressure build up caused by heat increase or changes in altitude while flying.
Some hard cases are equipped with wheels making them more portable. Whether you are planning that once-in-a-lifetime hunting trip or heading out of town to a shooting competition, you will appreciate being able to pull your prized possession along instead of carrying it.
Hard rifle cases are heavy! Some can weigh up to 28 lbs. alone plus the rifle and scope making it too heavy or practical to carry very far. They are inflexible so they are more difficult to store or transport than a soft case.
Hard shell cases offer a superior option for storing your scope and rifle for extended periods of time. Top quality hard rifle cases typically cost from $100 for a basic model, all the way up to $300 for a TSA Airline Approved model with wheels.
Contents at a Glance
- 1 Find the Best Scoped Rifle Cases to Protect your Investment!
- 2 TOP THREE HARD SHELL SINGLES
- 3 TOP THREE HARD SHELL DOUBLES
- 4 TOP THREE SOFT SINGLES
- 5 TOP THREE SOFT DOUBLES
- 6 Best Soft Cases for Scoped Rifles
- 6.1 My RECOMMENDATIONS
- 6.2 #1 BEST SINGLE OVERALL
- 6.3 Boyt Harness Signature Series Single Scoped Rifle Case w/ Pocket
- 6.4 #2 BEST SINGLE MID-RANGE HUNTER CASE
- 6.5 Allen Co. Gear Fit Pursuit Series Soft Scoped Rifle Cases
- 6.6 #3 BEST SINGLE for the MONEY
- 6.7 NcSTAR VISM Deluxe Padded Rifle Case w/ External Magazine Pockets
- 6.8 #1 BEST DOUBLE OVERALL
- 6.9 VooDoo Tactical Weapons Padded Double Long Rifle Case
- 6.10 #2 BEST MODERATELY PRICED DOUBLE
- 6.11 Savior Equipment American Classic Tactical Double Long Rifle/Pistol Soft Case
- 6.12 #3 BEST DOUBLE for the MONEY
- 6.13 VISM by NcSTAR Double Carbine/Rifle Case
- 6.14 What is Your Intended Use?