Types of shotgun carrying cases, advantages, disadvantages
Shotgun carrying cases are good to have when carrying your shotgun and shells around with you. There are all different kinds of cases available. There are cases that look like other kinds of cases, such as guitar cases, in order to conceal the fact that you are carrying a shotgun. But if you don’t want to conceal the shotgun then you could get a case that is shaped just like it, so that it can easily fit inside of the case. This is used more commonly for hunters or people who don’t care to show off the fact that they have a shotgun. If you want to hide it then you will either need a bigger case that doesn’t look like a shotgun or a case that is shaped differently on the outside in order to fool people.
Besides the shape of the case, the most important aspect of any case is the material it is made out of. There are advantages and disadvantages to various materials for your cases. For example, a soft padded case made of leather or polyester will be lighter and easier to carry around. They are also less costly than harder cases. However, these soft cases can get damaged easier on both the outside and inside. That is why some people might prefer a more expensive hard shotgun case, which is typically made out of composite or aluminum. It is still lightweight, but very sturdy and contains deep foam padding on the inside to securely hold the shotgun in place. That way if the case is treated roughly then the shotgun will be cushioned from any impact damage. These harder cases are also waterproof as well. The only disadvantage to the hard case is that it is bulkier and more expensive.
In addition to these cases, you will want to put a gun sock case over your shotgun. These are durable fabrics that stretch, such as acrylic or polyester. These socks offer additional protection against moisture buildup, dirt and dust. Most gun owners will use gun socks on their shotguns after they take it out of their main case and before they are ready to use it. For example, hunters put gun socks on their shotguns after they leave their vehicle with their shotgun and walk to the hunting area. That way any debris flying in the air won’t fly into the interior of their weapon before they are ready to use it.