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    Which rifle scabbard

    Hi guys

    Looking at a scabbard to carry rifle on the longer walks in
    What options have people found works well?
    Side mounted or rear of pack a better option?

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    Neither because the butt of the rifle will hit the ground before the bottom of your pack does
    Just shoulder it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bos View Post
    Neither because the butt of the rifle will hit the ground before the bottom of your pack does.....
    A most excellent point, but surely some packs have flexibility re attachment to avoid this?
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    I'm with Bos on this.
    I tried a J1, not bad but too heavy already and muzzle sits way down past your thigh. Digs in on downhill runs, also sits too high so stock catches in trees and scrub.
    Other strapa dictame options tend to slide and slip during the journey and come undone and are just as ungainly.
    Best option I have is to sew a button to your shoulder top on jackets to stop sling sliding off.

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    Have the cactus one on a macpac cascade. It works, have to be aware of buttstock sticking down low, doesnt hit legs when walking. Bit of a knack to taking pack on and off. It pays to pack your pack with a weight balance on mind or you end up walking in circles

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    I'll be getting the cactus one shortly. It fits on a variety of different packs and got a good amount of adjustment. My markhor pack has the ability to have the rifle on the back but it pulls the weight a long way off your body and feels odd.
    Like 223nut said getting your pack balance right is important so its not too heavy on one side. Does make life nicer on the long walks in or out not having the rifle over your shoulder.
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    been using the cactus scabbard for a few years and you can adjust it so that it doesn't sit much lower than the pack. I highly rate it
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    Quote Originally Posted by High Country Boy View Post
    been using the cactus scabbard for a few years and you can adjust it so that it doesn't sit much lower than the pack. I highly rate it
    How do you protect your scope if you lift the buttstock holder up?

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    +1 for cactus

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    neoprene scope cover. Would use one regardless of the scabbard though @223nut

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    Quote Originally Posted by High Country Boy View Post
    neoprene scope cover. Would use one regardless of the scabbard though @223nut
    Yeah, mine usual wear one but have taken to using lens covers when scope fits nicely inside the canvas wrap (only some rifles)

    Have found scabbard useful for when doing a short trip with two rifles, can carry one on shoulder that you expect to use (17hmr for hares) and so ethi g else wrapped up for longer shots where you have time to set up (308 for deer)

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    Cheers guys will check out the cactus

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    I borrowed a cactus scabbard to use down south early on this year. I found it real good and had heaps of protection around scope. It did move around a little on the pack i had it on but i worked well. When i go back next year i will borrow the same one again or be buying one.
    Good with a heavy pack on your back been hands free

 

 

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