Shotgun Carrying Cases

As requested by Steve on Facebook – here’s the post about gun cases.

Let’s have a look at the shotgun carrying cases available on the market today…

Cordura Nylon Shell Shotgun Cases

Cordura Nylon Shotgun Case
Cordura Nylon Shotgun Case

I haven’t found the nylon case I really liked. Most of them are too big and have too many bells and whistles I don’t need. Many of them good but they are just too bulky for me.

Eberlestock backpack looks like a good solution when you can carry both your shotgun and ammunition in one case but they are too expensive.

Nylon shotgun case is very good variant for carrying your shotgun on a range. It protects your shotgun from sand, rain and enables you to carry your shotgun comfortably on your shoulder.

Plastic Shotgun Cases

Plastic shotgun case is very good variant when you travel a lot. It is not as heavy as aluminum cases but protects your shotgun much better than soft nylon case.

Such cases are extremely good when you need to transport your shotgun via airplane. Just be sure to protect plastic locks with tape because it is easy to lose them.

Plastic Shotgun Case
Plastic Shotgun Case

More information: http://tinyurl.com/9gr5qgz

Aluminum Shotgun Cases

Aluminum Shotgun Case
Aluminum Shotgun Case

This is the toughest case you can buy. Aluminum shotgun case provides the best protection for your firearms and it is the most reliable one.

But the main disadvantage is huge weight, the case itself weighs about 18 lbs. (8 kg). Such type of case is good during transportation on airplane. But I don’t recommend taking it to competitions because you will be tired as hell carrying it from stage to stage.

More information: http://tinyurl.com/lvh997g

Shotgun Scabbards

Shotgun scabbards look very cool but they are not that good. They don’t protect your shotgun from sand and rain. They cannot protect open parts of your shotgun at all.

I think that shotgun scabbard will be good choice for somebody who needs shotgun as secondary or breaching weapon. So it will work good for military or law enforcement units.

Not sure what is the real purpose of such shotgun scabbard… maybe zombie apocalypse?

ATTENTION: If you have tactical light or sidesaddle installed on your shotgun, you may not fit your shotgun into a scabbard.

Custom cordura shotgun cases

I ended up ordering a custom cordura shotgun case with fully padded interior. I wanted something simple and effective. I have ordered rectangular case which holds my Remington 870 with 20 inch barrel really tight:
Length: 41 inch
Width: 7.88 inch

That way, I don’t need any straps to hold a shotgun in place inside.

My case has internal zipped pockets for timer, chokes, choke tool, multi-tool and shotgun parts.

Pelican Case Customization for Remington 870

nsutherl posted nice pics of his Pelican Case customized for Remington 870 on Forum of Remington 870 Owners:

Pelican Case Customization for Remington 870
Pelican Case Customization for Remington 870
Pelican Case Customization for Remington 870
Pelican Case Customization for Remington 870
Pelican Case Customization for Remington 870
Pelican Case Customization for Remington 870
Pelican Case Customization for Remington 870
Pelican Case Customization for Remington 870

Remington 870 Police with Carrying Bag

Remington 870 Police from Remington 870 Forum:

Remington 870 Police
Remington 870 Police

Tripod Case as a Discreet carrying case for shotgun

BlackWhiteGrey posted interesting pics of his tripod case which he uses as a discreet carrying case for shotgun. Very clever idea!

Like most of you i’ve got a variety of ways to carry guns to and from the range, or wherever they’re heading. My shotguns however are a bit longer than most of my carbine cases. At best I can get one diagonally in a Blackhawk discreet case, which is still a big ole rectangle.
I live in an apartment building in a dense neighborhood with street parking only. I often worry about people seeing me shuttling firearms in and out of my building as I don’t want to draw unnecessary attention to myself, or make myself a theft target.

I’ve got a couple of ‘break-down’ cases for ARs that i like as they look pretty inconspicuous but I couldn’t find anything like that for a shotgun. Sometimes I want to throw the shotgun in the car but I want to be able to carry it and stowe it with some concealment.

I did a lot of Googling and searching around Amazon and i couldn’t find that anyone specifically made a product that was specifically marketed to this task. I figured something that looked less like a rifle case (big rectangle) would be better. I started searching for carrying cases based on dimension, rather that application, and I started to get somewhere. There were a lot of tripod carrying cases for pretty inexpensive and just from looking at the pictures they didn’t look for “assuming.”
I ended up going with a pair (yup, sold in pairs) of these Ruggard padded tripod cases, 42″ in length, from Amazon:
Ruggard 42″ Padded Tripod Case:

They arrived quickly, thanks Amazon, and I checked them for fit. No problems. Shotgun fits in there with room. Enough room in fact that it’s pretty easy to store extra ammo around the shotgun. The small zippered pouch on the side even works well for loose rounds, like the ones that come out of the gun when you unload it for transport.

Tripod Case Discreet Shotgun Case
Tripod Case Discreet Shotgun Case
Tripod Case Discreet Shotgun Case
Tripod Case Discreet Shotgun Case

Here you can see an 18″ shotgun with a 12.5″ LoP stock fits in with some room. Between the loose rounds in the zippered pouch(7th round went missing….) and the rest of the ammo in the case, that’s 31 rounds of 12ga. At least as pictured. If I preferred I could carry less, or stick to shotgun cards and carry more, or keep a separate dump pouch with 50rds in it. It’s whatever you want.

The bag is self feels cheaply made, the shoulder strap is non-padded and non-adjustable, but it works. Carried vertically and slung over the shoulder it goes from my shoulder down to about my knee and keeps pretty close to the body. Throw it in the back of the vehicle and off we go.

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.

Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case
Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case

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.

New Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case

Here is review of the New Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case from Chief Brody from Remington 870 Forum:

Hey guys, I wanted to show you a new soft case I just got from Midway. This is the Voodoo Tactical Enlarged Shotgun Case (Item no. 15-0083). After sitting on the fence for a while about ordering one, I am very impressed with the case. It is very sturdily built with 900D poly, large heavy duty zippers, lots of MOLLE, four shell pouches, another larger zippered pocket, more shell storage inside…Lots of well-thought out and nicely-executed features.

This is the case, with the detachable, padded shoulder strap above it. I don’t see myself ever using that strap but some might so it’s great that it’s included.

Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case
Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case

Inside of the case. There are four velcro straps that slip underneath the webbing that runs the length of the case. I opted to use two of them for a secure fit of my 870P. The straps are fairly long, so you may end up folding them over to shorten them and keep the strap snug against the shotgun.

Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case
Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case

The muzzle compartment is designed to accept shotguns with tac lights attached – In this picture, my Streamlight TLR-1 is indeed mounted to the gun and the whole setup is very secure and protected in the case.

Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case
Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case

There are four shell pouches on the front of the case.

voodoo_tactical_shotgun_case4

Each pouch holds twelve 12-gauge shells. It’s a tight fit, but there they are.

Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case
Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case

The larger, zippered pocket.

Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case
Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case

Large, heavy-duty zippers. Worth noting here, there is no way to lock this case. Not really an issue for me, but some shooters may require that ability.

Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case
Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case

Close-up of the webbing and the velcro strap inside the case.

Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case
Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case

Embroidered logo.

Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case
Voodoo Tactical Shotgun Case

This is a huge upgrade from the flimsy, no frills Plano gun case I’ve been using. I’m expecting the Voodoo Tactical to last a long time and see a lot of use. If any of you guys have seen these online and weren’t sure about them, I hope I was able to help.

Thanks,
Steve

Inexpensive Soft Gun Case

Here is inexpensive soft gun case which I use to protect my shotgun from sand, rain, snow, sun, dust etc. on the range:

Inexpensive Soft Gun Case
Inexpensive Soft Gun Case

It is light weight but has pretty thick foam-padded and lycra interior lining. Use it for about a year, and very happy with it. It is very useful to protect shotgun from rain, snow, dust etc.

Price is just $9.99. Recommended.

Recommended Product:

Inexpensive Soft Gun Case
Inexpensive Soft Gun Case
Inexpensive Soft Gun Case on Brownells

Gun socks for shotgun, short and long and why you need both

Gun sock is a popular and inexpensive way to protect your shotgun during transportation and storage. I’ve bough two socks on Brownells. They are made by SACK UPS company which makes gun socks since 1985.

So, why do you need both long and short socks. I use long sock to transport my gun. Gun sock protects finish of my shotgun and also protects internal parts from dust, sand and dirt. Another good feature is that cotton cloth is treated with silicone and oil that helps inhibit rust. Gun sock will wick moisture away if your shotgun is wet. That is also important in cold weather when you can see condensate on your firearm when you bring it indoors.

Gun Sock Shotgun
Gun Sock Shotgun

Additional small but useful feature which is not available on many other gun socks is a label which is handy when you have more than one gun.

I use short sock during trainings or competitions when it’s raining. You can easily put it over the barrel, when your shotgun is in the gun rack. The sock will protect the internals from the water.

Gun socks are inexpensive but very useful, they protect your shotgun from scratches, dirt, sand and water. Highly recommended to any gun owner.

Gun Sock Shotgun Remington 870
Gun Sock Shotgun Remington 870
Recommended Product:
Gun Sock for Shotgun
Gun Sock for Shotgun
Get gun sock on Brownells

What case do you use?

Please leave a comment and tell use what shotgun case do you use?

Vitaly Pedchenko

My name is Vitaly Pedchenko, I started this blog and forum to share information, tips, photos, and advice about the Remington 870 shotgun, accessories, and upgrades. Now I also own AR-15 rifle and MP5 pistol caliber carbine. I am firearms instructor, competitive shooter and IPSC Range Officer. I participate in practical shooting and 3-Gun competitions because they are the best way for me to test equipment and upgrades under stress. I am member of the PRACTICA shooting club. I also participate in REAGO, which provides Tactical Combat Casualty Care training. The main purpose of the Rem870.com blog and forum is to have a compilation of information about the Remington 870 shotgun in one organized, accessible place.

7 thoughts on “Shotgun Carrying Cases

  • 09.10.2012 at 15:47
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    Vitaly,
    I feel your pain. It seems like there’s not one good case for the Remington 870. Recently, I have used a cordura soft case that’s made for AR style rifles or scoped rifles. I have a Remington branded scoped rifle case that works well with the 870s that have side saddles. The 18-in barrel shotguns seem to fit OK in these smaller soft cases. I do have a Blackhawk nylon case, but it holds my AR-15 and Remington shotgun, lots of accessories and ammunition. So it’s a bit overkill for just a shotgun and some extra shotshells.

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    • 11.10.2012 at 15:04
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      Tom, yes, I was looking for a good case for my Remington 870 for a long time and ended up ordering a custom one. Thanks for the info about Remington case, does it have shoulder strap and pockets?

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      • 11.10.2012 at 16:56
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        Vitaly,
        The version I have is called the Remington Premier Gun Case. This is for the scoped rifle, which has a higher comb, and retails for about $40. It has nylon carrying handles, but no shoulder strap. There is a side pocket, which holds a couple boxes of 12 ga buckshot.

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  • 12.10.2012 at 14:35
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    Has anyone used the wilderness tactical bags. Seems a nice bag but the price makes me hesitate. So an opinion would be great from someone who has one

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