There’s an urban legend that states airline baggage handlers refer to themselves as “throwers.” I don’t know if that’s true, but air travel can be hard on gear. The last thing you want to find after flying out to your dream hunt is that your rifle no longer shoots straight. Here are a few tips and cases that will keep your gun safe in the cargo hold.
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Avoid using curbside check in when you get to the airport. It may be convenient to hand off your bags and continue on your way, but that is not the right play when traveling with a firearm. Go to your carrier’s ticketing desk and declare your firearm to the agent there, and follow their instructions to “T.”
Store Ammo in Durable Containers
You can store ammo in the same case as your gun, but if you’re heading out for a week of snow goose hunting there’s probably not enough room for all your shells. Luckily, most airlines will allow about 10 pounds of ammo in a checked bag. Use a plastic box designed for the specific ammo type to make sure it’s always contained and not scattered throughout your bag.