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I read somewhere that the best way to travel with a rifle is to get quick detachable rings and take the scope off the rifle while it's in the case.  Does this make sense?  Would Warne quick detach rings really hold-zero accurately if you removed the scope and put it back on when you arrived?

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Makes sense to me. Being REAL familier with baggage handlers at airports; the best way to see if your bags will survive them, is to raise the bag over your head and throw it into the air as high as you can, all while standing on concrete. If the contents survive, your GTG.
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I've never had any problem with zero after detaching with the Warne QD's, but you ALWAYS have to check...   I would never trust a hunt to a scope/rifle that had not been test fired. 
There is an easier way than transporting via airplane.  You can ship a rifle to yourself anywhere in the continental U.S. with no FFL required.  You must be the one who opens the package at the receipt point.  You can ship a rifle U.S. Mail or FEDEX.  I've not tried UPS.  Do not mark the box with anything other than perhaps FRAGILE.  Ship in a good gun case, but there must be no indication there is a rifle inside.  Have it fully wrapped before getting to shipping point. 
Mail to:
Your Name
Address
Town, State zipcode
insure for whatever replacement value is
Then, you can ship home the same way. 
Of course, this is all null and void if you are going OCONUS. 


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Shipping a firearm to yourself is certainly more convenient, but it's still going airborne, but it might be subjected to less abuse via UPS or FedEx. Best way is to get QD's and carry them with ya (carry-on bag). Like stated, it is not a subsitute for checking zero when you arrive at your locale. I use Leupold QR's and they are pretty amazing at returning to zero.
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I don`t see where it would make any difference. Whether you remove the scope from the rifle or not while traveling and regardless of what scope rings are used, you should still re-check your rifle`s zero anyway by firing off a few after you get to camp.
 
I have never removed a scope from a rifle when doing any kind of traveling. Don`t see the need to. Doing so is just a little more inconvenience to deal with.
 
I`d also say that using a strong, good quality rifle case for transport, especially for the airlines, is far more important than removing a scope from the rifle.  
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If you travel much you would already know why.
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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

Shipping a firearm to yourself is certainly more convenient, but it's still going airborne, but it might be subjected to less abuse via UPS or FedEx. Best way is to get QD's and carry them with ya (carry-on bag). Like stated, it is not a subsitute for checking zero when you arrive at your locale. I use Leupold QR's and they are pretty amazing at returning to zero.
                                                                                                                                                                 
DO NOT put your scope in your carry-on bags. The TSA can and will consider a scope a gun part and will not allow it in the sterile area of the terminal or in the passenger area of the aircraft. A scope must go in checked in luggage, as well as any other gun part.
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Leupold QR rings and bases have held zero just fine for me on hunting trips both home and abroad.  I detach the scope, and put it in one of my checked bags.  I also pack a back-up scope with QR rings that has been zeroed in on the same rifle.
 
All youneed to do is look at the damage done to heavy-duty aluminum gun cases by the airlines, and you'll know why this is a good idea.  (Missing feet and wheels, banged-up edges, big dents, bent fittings, etc..) 
 
Incidentally, I've had very little damage using a Kolpin gun boot.  I suspect the baggage handlers hate the big, heavy and awkward aluminum cases, and are a little more careful with the lightweight easily handled cases.  Obviously, though, there's a trade-off here.   
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I've flown to BC a few times and have never had a problem with my gun or scope.  I've always left the scope mounted on the rifle and the zero has never changed.  I agree with the use of a good case.  I've heard good things about the Pelican brand case.  I think I'd prefer the injection molded type rather than the aluminum type.  
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I use a pelican case with the foam plucked out to match the rifle/scope.  Spent the $$$ on a good case and don't worry about removing the scope, IMO.
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FWIW: A LASER bore sighter with a matching target is a good way to check once you arrive (or anytime) to insure zero. Once sighted in take a single shot at the target, mark the hole with a high viz dot, then laminate it. Set the target up at the same distance and confirm the scope is still in the same spot relative to the maked hole. This is also good to carry in your pack while hunting should you take a spill. I also wonder if a smaller case with the rifle taken down might survive the flight better.
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