So, I've more or less decided that I will, in fact, brave the TSA and the perils of air travel with firearms. I've got my list down to the bare essentials - a rifle (more on this later...) and three handguns - and I'm thinking that a single large rifle case might be the way to go. Several folks have recommended the Pelican 1750 as a possibility; I've had excellent luck with the Boyt Harness pistol case and the SKB carbine case for general use as well.
I've heard - from sources I trust - that Pelican is the obvious choice for air travel; that they are the gold standard for (nigh) invulnerable protection for whatever you're transporting. I know I'd be safe transporting my firearms in a Pelican case, but I already own the SKB rifle case, and can't help but wonder if that wouldn't do the trick just as well. I'm wondering if I can make do with the SKB case - the rifle is an AR pattern and should fit in the carbine case with the upper separated from the lower, and the three pistols will have plenty of room in the other level.
What's the general consensus on rifle cases? I certainly know better than to toss several thousand dollars worth of firearms into a $20 case from Walmart, but the Pelican cases are a little rich for my blood right now. If folks have had good experiences with SKB cases and air travel, that'd help put my mind at ease; on the other hand, having a high quality rifle case certainly wouldn't be the worst thing ever.
So, the question is, stick with the SKB case, or buy a Pelican - what say you, internets?
That is all.