Plano Pro-Max Pillar Lock Scoped Rifle Case
Good value, but...
This case is a good value for the money. I can believe that it will not stand up to airline "gorillas"; few items can. My caution is that rifles with large objective scopes barely fit the case. My Remington 700 with Nikon 3-9x50 is a squeeze. The base of the stock and scope touch the walls of the case. I'm concerned about wear marks on the stock and scope over time. Not only is the objective lens larger than typical scopes, you have to mount it higher on the receiver in order for it to clear the barrel, making it a much "taller" gun. By the way, I had to reverse the rear sight in order for the scope to fit; even using the "see through" rings, but you can't see past the objective lens anyway, another issue with the scope. This size issue is made worse by the case design. The case handle narrows the case interior where you need it the most; right where the scope is located! I've tried to fit the gun into the case every way possible, but there is only one way that it will fit with the scope attached. Other than the big scope issue, the case does its job quite well.
July 24, 2013
A good value case
Sturdy enough but a bit flimsy. Decent case for the money. Note that this case will hold your bolt action hunting rifle with a scope but it will not accommodate an AR-style rifle.
March 6, 2013
Great buy for price
I am an occasional "range" aka farm shooter, but I primarily am focused on home defense. This case was perfect for transporting my 12 gauge to the farm to shoot around. Lightweight and durable. When I first opened the case the foam fell out but there are catches for the foam to attach to, so once I reattached it there I haven't had any more issues. The hard shell case and pillar system is very strong. I had my 320 lb brother stand and jump on the case to test it and there were no flaws. My only complaint is the locking feature. The clamps work fine but in order for this to properly lock with no viable access to the firearm, you would have to have 4 padlocks on the case. If you use one lock, you can easily pry either end of the case and have full access to the firearm. For the type of use I intend that doesn't really affect me, but it could for other potential users...but hey, for $20 you can afford a few more padlocks.
December 6, 2012
You get what you pay for...
I purchased this case as a Christmas gift for my dad this year. While it will serve it's purpose and protect an old rifle, I was unimpressed with the quality.
Cons - The case isn't very stiff as it will flex in the center. I think that would be a problem if you were checking this on an airplane or stacking lots of stuff in a car. The egg-crate padding inside is also relatively thin, allowing the rifle (old Winchester Model 74...a .22 semi-auto) to slide around inside the case. The latches also seem pretty flimsy. If you aren't careful I'm confident they'd break off.
Pros - The only major benefit I believe this case offers is impact resistance, but I don't have any experience with this to know the case would provide ample protection...that's just an assumption on my part. The rifle did fit well. It has a fixed power 4x32 (I believe) scope attached.
In review...I wouldn't purchase this case again. I'd suggest saving your hard-earned dollars a little longer and buy a quality case.
January 1, 2013