The Plano DLX Double Scoped Rifle Case (10252) is Robust and Made in the USA
Written: Apr 6, 2012 (Updated Apr 6, 2012)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Robust, holds rifles softly but firmly, spacious, stylish, good lockable latches, made in the USA.
Cons:Foam on one side falls out, a little bulky for kids.
The Bottom Line: The Plano (Doskocil) Rifle Case model number 10252 holds up to two scoped rifles and is robust, stylish and Made in the USA, specifically Texas.
We have carried rifles and shot guns in the Plano (former Doskocil) DLX Double Scoped Rifle Case model number 10252 on the prairie, and under a tree, in the cold, and in the rain, in the car, and on a train (OK maybe not the last one). We have dropped it, and bumped it, and scratched it, and thumped it, but after more than six years it still looks like new.
There are soft gun bags and there are hard gun cases. If you want to protect your gun and you want to avoid bumping the scope then you need a hard gun case that also holds the gun in place. This gun case has a hard thick polymer shell and on the inside there are two interlocking foam sheets that softly but firmly hold the gun(s) in place. The rifle case features a full length hinge, four latches, two of them that can be locked with a key (that we lost). It also has an aluminum frame.
The case is large enough to hold two rifles with scopes but as I said we typically carry one scoped rifle and one shotgun or just a scoped rifle. It is pretty wide. If you carry just one rifle it fits a rifle with a 50mm high mount scope. The dimensions of the rifle case are 52.13" x 14.5" x 4.5".
I’ve gone hunting with our boys and they got their first shot guns at the age of seven and ten respectively. My oldest has a scoped Winchester243 rifle and a 20 gauge youth gun and a 20 gauge pump action shot gun. When we go hunting we typically take his rifle and one shot gun with us and we carry them in this rifle case. Sometimes we just take his rifle or one or two shotguns. I carry my 12 gauge Beretta in another cheaper plastic gun case or a gun bag.
When my oldest was 12-13 years old he read survivalist books and he liked to go out in nature with a friend of his. I should say that they stayed on his friend’s parent’s ranch, which is quite large. They typically stayed for a few days directly on the ground and caught small animals for lunch, set squirrel traps, and shot rattlesnakes and other varmint. He sometimes carried his shot guns or his rifle in this rifle case in all kinds of weather. I should say that this gun case is a little larger and a little heavier than the light plastic gun cases or the soft bag-style gun case we have so when he only had one shot gun he preferred to use those. However, when you have a rifle with a scope then you cannot use those gun cases safely, and you need this one. If you bump the scope then you’ll miss (unless you readjust). So far we’ve never had a bumped scope.
This gun case holds the guns firmly and softly and protects them well and as mentioned it is very robust. Everything about it is robust, the handle, the hard case, the latches, etc. Latches is something that can go bad after years of use but the latches on this case still locks down the case tightly and are easy to open, and they never opened unintentionally.
However, the case is a little bulkier than what a twelve year old likes to carry if he just has a shot gun. If you want to be roomy it will be. Another draw back is that the foam on one side keeps falling out. This is not a problem when you carry or transport the guns but when you open and close the gun case with “falling out side” up then it is annoying. It is important to note that this gun case is manufactured in the United States and even in Texas. My feeling is that this gun case should be rated four stars.
Since this is a Sports & Outdoors product made in the United States I would like to add it to Gothicdream’s Sports & Outdoors made in the United States write-off which I am hosting during the month of April.
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