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How do you all safely transport your rifles to shows, etc.?
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All,

I was curious as to how many of you carry multiple rifles to shows, etc….as in, what protective cases or methods are you using to load up 5-15 or more rifles so they get there safely….I assume the lot of you are not shipping or ever letting them out of your sight…

Feel free to DM me if you do not want to put that on a public page. 

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I have padded soft cases that fits 3 long guns in individual compartments and has a shoulder strap to carry it or I use a pelican  case which I can get probably 6 guns in it in padded gun socks.

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I use a combination of hard cases and padded soft cases and then load them in the rear cab area of my old Dodge truck.  When I get to my stopping point (hotel/motel) along my route to the gun shows that I attend, I unload than all to my room for the night.  Thus far, I have only traveled to gun shows that I can drive to in a 2-day trip (one overnight on the road).  

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Perfect, well so far, it sounds like exactly what I’d do as well. I was going to spec out a nice pelican case and see how many will fit snugly in there but I see how 2 or 3 gun padded cases could knock out quite a bit of storage and be pretty cost effective…….I was mostly wondering if the pro show-goers had a magic solution. 

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Jeremy,

You could also bring along a buddy for back-up…

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  I unload my guns to the hotel room same as Bert. With two people you don’t have to leave the guns in the vehicle unattended ever, gas station, at the show, or hotel. In Tulsa they steal guns and the vehicle never to be recovered. A good friend of mine lost his truck and guns in the hotel parking lot in front of the door. The criminals come to town for the show. The biggest risk is the show and the town it’s in. Some dealers time their arrival to match set up time, stay 100 miles out the first day and the last day. When I travel I cover anything visible thru a window with a blanket. T/R 

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HAHAHAHA!

Looks like my Buddy!Smile

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I always like the trunk monkey myself.

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Bert H. said
Jeremy,

You could also bring along a buddy for back-up…

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LOL My kind of buddy!!! LaughLaughLaugh I laughed so hard at that when I opened it, I snorted!

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  I unload my guns to the hotel room same as Bert. With two people you don’t have to leave the guns in the vehicle unattended ever, gas station, at the show, or hotel. In Tulsa they steal guns and the vehicle never to be recovered. A good friend of mine lost his truck and guns in the hotel parking lot in front of the door. The criminals come to town for the show. The biggest risk is the show and the town it’s in. Some dealers time their arrival to match set up time, stay 100 miles out the first day and the last day. When I travel I cover anything visible thru a window with a blanket. T/R 

  

I have read that about Tulsa more than once, good strategies there. Thieves are efficient if they’re anything!

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1873man said
I always like the trunk monkey myself.

Bob

  

Those Trunk Monkey commercials are absolutely hilarious… they originated in Portland Oregon (near my home town area). CoolCool

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Sandy (Suburban) Ford is about 20 minutes away from me.

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Bert H. said
Jeremy,

You could also bring along a buddy for back-up…

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I have used Bert and his buddy (its tough to tell the difference sometimes) to bring treasures home from a show now and then.LaughLaugh

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DEEREHART said

Bert H. said

Jeremy,

You could also bring along a buddy for back-up…

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I have used Bert and his buddy (its tough to tell the difference sometimes) to bring treasures home from a show now and then.LaughLaugh

  

I’m thinking I’ll bring Bert a special name tag to Cody this year…

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A few years ago I took a page from the drug smugglers and transported a trunk full of nice Winchesters in an old beater car worth about 10% of the cargo. Nobody gave it a second look.

 

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When I first started going to shows with my dealer friends they would haul a couple dozen rifles and a lot of other stuff.  I could not believe they left the guns in the vehicle over night.  I was so nervous even when I had to watch the tables.  As time went by I became less nervous.  They were not my guns.  I would not do this with my guns.  Once on the way to either Cody or Denver my friend forgot to lock his vehicle.  Lucky for him nothing was missing.  Very expensive guns went into hard cases but most guns were in soft bags.  We always stayed in the same motels usually because they were cheap and we could park right next to our door. 

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When I first started going to shows with my dealer friends they would haul a couple dozen rifles and a lot of other stuff.  I could not believe they left the guns in the vehicle over night.  I was so nervous even when I had to watch the tables.  As time went by I became less nervous.  They were not my guns.  I would not do this with my guns.  Once on the way to either Cody or Denver my friend forgot to lock his vehicle.  Lucky for him nothing was missing.  Very expensive guns went into hard cases but most guns were in soft bags.  We always stayed in the same motels usually because they were cheap and we could park right next to our door. 

  

All this has taught me is I need a lot more damn bags/cases Laugh  I’m thinking I could do 4 or so upright in a nice long pelican case…those aren’t too bad, Harbor Freight has a nice knockoff

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Just remember, hard cases full of rifles weigh a ton and are hard to move around.  Wheels on one end help.  We all have a real good hand truck.  I put a piece of plywood on mine for a larger flat surface.  The wheels on these make it real easy to go over most surfaces with no problems.

https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/H-1006/Hand-Trucks/Magliner-Convertible-Sr-Aluminum-Hand-Truck-Solid-Wheels?pricode=WA9026&gadtype=pla&id=H-1006&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiAxaCvBhBaEiwAvsLmWE-ycCuxEMj9XYovk5s_lP4ZFcrxjZSyNqB8wQ5gGzZkRyUdcsOjPhoCpPQQAvD_BwE

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What worries me isn’t the transport, but unattended tables, especially overnight, at multi day shows.  I know they have security—but I still worry.

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Chuck said
Just remember, hard cases full of rifles weigh a ton and are hard to move around.  Wheels on one end help.  We all have a real good hand truck.  I put a piece of plywood on mine for a larger flat surface.  The wheels on these make it real easy to go over most surfaces with no problems.

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Very true. I have a large pelican that does have wheels and a nice handle, but you’re right….I also see people with an upright box on their handcart (good tip also btw) and they put their rifle soft cases upended in that to roll it around….

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