An Ironclad Case
Last year, a friend of mine shipped his $5,000 rifle to Africa in a case he thought was strong enough, but the gun arrived with a busted stock, and he collected not one cent in damages. If you'd like your rifle to arrive intact, I commend to you Bear Track aluminum gun cases, which are made by Freedom Arms Co. These things are strong, and they are not all that expensive (rifle cases start at $399) or heavy (the single-gun cases weigh 24 pounds), considering the degree of protection they afford. I sent one via air to Alaska, Colorado, and South Carolina last year, and it survived with hardly a scratch, much less a dent.