2. Evaluate Protection & Durability
How much protection and durability do the best shotgun cases offer? You may think the right answer is “as much as possible” – but that’s going to come with a lot of weight, bulk, and cost, some of which may be excessive or impractical for your needs.
The right answer is actually “as muchas you need.” The best shotgun cases will have enough padding to provide shock absorption while keeping the gun immobile the case and enough durability to hold up to what you intend to put it (the case) through.
As mentioned above, if you’re flying with your gun, you’ll want a hard case. Otherwise, padded soft cases are often the best bet, offering sufficient protection balanced with lighter weight and ease of use. Choose a case made with weather-resistant fabric like asturdy waxed canvas. Water-resistant fabric will keep moisture out of your gun and ensure the case itself can hold up to damp conditions you may encounter in the field.
Don’t forget details like stitching, straps, and hardware. An adjustable shoulder strap with a sliding pad will allow for balanced positioning, making trekking long distances with your shotgun much more comfortable.
3. ChECK SIZE & CAPACITY
To determine the right size case for your shotgun, choose a case that’s a couple of inches longer than your gun. For example,this 52” shotgun case is the appropriate size for up to a 50” shotgun.
If there are attachments like specialty grips or sights that you don’t want to detach or buy a separate case for, remember to check that the case is large enough to accommodate these. Additionally, consider space that you’ll want for extra gear and ammunition. The best soft-sided shotgun cases will have easy-access pockets on the exterior.