How to Choose a Rifle Case For Target Shooting
When it comes to shooting equipment, you need to have a good quality rifle case in order for your precious possessions to last through any amount of use. Just as the name implies, a rifle case is used to store and protect one's rifle. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The most common type is made from ballistic nylon, as it is lightweight, waterproof, and extremely durable. It's important to invest in a case that has enough room to house your rifle, but not excessively large so as to make it difficult to transport.
There are a few different things you should consider when purchasing a rifle case. First of all, you will obviously want something that is sturdy enough to withstand the abuse a rifle can put it through. In addition, it needs to be big enough for your rifle and the accessories you intend to put in it. Look for cases that are designed specifically for rifles, as they tend to be sturdier and more reliable than those that are designed for pistols or other smaller firearms.
Also, look at the features that will allow you to maximize your shooting efficiency. If you are a long-range shooter, for example, look for a case with ample room to store your ammunition and other supplies. This way, you won't have to constantly move around your shooting equipment to get to where you are going. You can simply pull out the bag, unload, and pick up where you left off.
The next piece of equipment you should purchase when buying a rifle case is a shooting mat. You can use a standard shooting mat for indoor shooting or for outdoor firing. This is important, as it will significantly decrease the sound of the gun firing, especially if you are shooting in a public area. Some shooters prefer to use a shooting mat instead of lining their targets up with them. Just make sure the mat you choose is very thick and has plenty of cushion for the shooter to sit on.
You also want to get a rifle case that has some sort of locking device. This way, your case will be very secure and safe. Remember, no one wants their rifle case opened while they are inside it. Even worse, during a game of target shooting, your rifle might go off because the locking mechanism wasn't locked. It can be very costly to buy new ammo or spend time repairing the rifle.
Make sure that your case is lightweight and easily carried. If you are planning to use your case on a hunting trip, this is even more important. Remember, all of the energy that is stored in your rifle case has to be evenly distributed throughout its length. If you have a case that is too heavy, you won't be able to carry it around. And if you use a poorly constructed rifle cases, it won't be very durable or safe either.
Finally, think about where you will be storing your rifle case when you aren't using it. There are a number of options. One of the best is to use a carrying sling or carrying case. The problem with these is that they are fairly bulky and you will need to consider how much you plan on carrying it before you buy one. A shooting mat is a great option for people who plan on firing their rifle often, but not everyday.
I have heard stories of people using rifle cases for years, and never bothered to purchase a carrying sling or carrying case. They swear by the mats because it absorbs the vibration and shock that comes from firing a rifle. My wife was a big advocate of shooting mats until we went to the range one day and shot a whole box of ammo through it without it breaking. We were surprised at how well it performed, and we've been using the product ever since.