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    Packs with built-in scabbards...any good??

    Hi all.

    I have been having a look at this sort of thing for day hunts:

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    Anyone use this sort of thing??

    Are they any good or just a gimmicK?

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    Packs with built-in scabbards...any good??

    I like mine and find it practical for some of the hunting I do.

    No good sheathing your rifle in the bush or on steep descents.
    Get one that has a zip at the muzzle end to empty shit out.
    What brand is that one in your pic?
    Looks to be a more useful size than mine.


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    They are great for giving you hands free in above the bushline hunting, ie climbing bluffs, steep areas when tahr hunting.

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    the brand is Eberlestock. They seem popular in the states... amazon have them for a decent price.

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    Ha! I have an eberlestock but it is 10 yrs older than that. Looks to be an improvement on mine.


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    The eberlestock packs are pretty heavy, most seem to be over 3kg...

    Personally I cant see the benefit from a mobility point of view having a part of the rifle stick out below your butt. If I want my hands free I just secure the rifle on the side of my pack (but all my hunting rifles are fairly short to start with). Also a lot to be said for having the rifle in your hands as opposed to stuck in a pack...
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    I like mine, it is heavy compared to some but is nothing compared to the weight that goes in it and it's strong and comfortable.

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    I have a pack with a scabbard, honestly can't recall using it, so can't comment on that. I rarely even have a shoulder strap on my rifle. I carry it, or use it as a walking stick.

    Remember you can't shoot an animal with your rifle in your pack or on your shoulder! And, they tend to pop up in the most unexpected places when you are doing so
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    Im with Josh

    When hunting I very rarely even have a rifle strap on my rifle, no noise as it slaps the stock and I like carrying my rifle for the quick ones that stand up as you walk past them or spook them in front of you.

    Might be encouraged to use one when hunting the tops but even then you can actually get pretty close to deer in a fold in the ground or a bit of cover.

    I will use a strap when climbing to have 2 hands free, guess I can see the sense in having rifle on the back if you've got a deer in the bag already as well.

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    Packs with built-in scabbards...any good??

    I don't want or intend to shoot everything I see and generally know where and when I will bump into an animal as I will be hunting and not positioning.

    If needed I can have the blaser out and fired as fast as most turn bolts carried at half ready anyway.
    I don't carry my rifle in the scabbard when in tricky country or close country.
    They are good for looking after you rifle if you are clumsy like me and ass up for no reason.





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    Agree with you there R93, I don't want or intend to shoot everything I see either, however I do want to give myself a chance of doing so If I choose and it is safe to do so...lol.

    I mostly bush hunt so that probably makes me think the way I do. I have missed a couple of deer hunting fallow as I had the rifle over my shoulder and had it been in a scabbard can only think it would have been the same.
    Bloody fallow don't give you much of a chance sometimes, the couple of times I missed the bloody freezer was empty as well.

    Don't hunt the tops as much as the bush, but hunting bush edges and even in the open I have stumbled across deer pretty close, like 20-30 meters close. Guess I am just a quiet walker

    I have no problem with people choosing to use a scabbard, I guess my point is if you are hunting then don't use it, at least I wouldn't anyway.

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    Be a complete waste of time in the bush, rifle in hand.
    I use mine where i have a few hours walk of barren land before into hunting country.
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    Packs with built-in scabbards...any good??

    I managed to follow Adam thru some South Westland bush for a day with my rifle in the scabbard without to much drama.
    Supple jack gets you no matter what but once your thru it's line your away laughin


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    thanks for the input chaps... on balance I think I will give it a miss and just try to find a decent sized narrow daypack.

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    Iv got an older eberlstock as well. Its handy at times, the walk out with a pack full of meat, handy on motorbikes and pushbikes as well.
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