Now before you get to invest in a hard case for your rifle, there are specific features of hard case you must be aware of; they include:
Latches and Pressure Valve
A regular hard rifle case would have latches that are dependable and easy to close and open. They also hold tight under impact and even pressure. If you were to travel by air or move to a higher elevation, you need to bother about air pressure. The best hard cases for a scoped rifle can be airtight when closed. Therefore, at a higher elevation, the inside pressure within the case becomes greater than the external air.
That is not suitable for your gun, except there is a pressure equalizer valve that is essential for your rifle’s safekeeping. This feature defends vital gear and as well as easy usage.
Handles and Wheels
A hard case for your scoped rifle can be quite heavy. I mean, do the maths: a hard rifle case can weigh as high as 20 lbs. Say your scoped rifle is between 7 lb. and 10 lb., which is the average weight. Add these together, and you’re looking at 34 to 40 pounds weight. That could prove really challenging when you have to move it over a distance. Hence, you want to ensure the case has heavy-duty handles – a carrying one and a towing one.
Also, a case with a ball bearing wheels will play a huge role in easy transportation. For safety purposes, that is, to prevent it from theft, some cases have twin mating hasp holes designed and placed on the case’s rim, allowing for the possible attachment of padlocks.
Generally, hard rifle cases can come with any of these three different types of foam padding:
Pluckable Foam: Just like the name implies, it comes with pre-perforated foam sheets that provide you with the access to pluck out small squares of the foam, consequently to provide a custom fit for the profile of your scoped (and) rifle.
Egg Crate Foam: This, unlike the former, does not come with customization. However, it is designed with a one-sided convoluted surface that gives you room to place your scope and rifle securely in the case. The convoluted surface is usually both on the upper and lower sheets.
Customizable Foam: Like the pluckable foam, this affords you the right of customization. The customizable foam is more like a plain sheet of foam that you are expected to cut into a custom fit for your rifle profile and scope. Don’t fret, it’s actually quite easy to do, and when done correctly, you have a fantastic-looking foam padding that would provide maximum protection for your rifle.
Crushproof and Watertight
The best hard cases for a scoped rifle are made with materials such as rugged Copolymer-Polypropylrnr and are differently rated in their waterproof and dustproof status. In other words, your hard rifle case must be waterproof, dustproof, and as well crushproof. This hard case feature protects your rifle from stacking, dropping, moisture, and high impacts. If you check inside the case, it has a huge space that allows you to carry a few accessories alongside.