Rifle cases come in two types, hard and soft cases. Deciding on the right one will depend entirely on factors such as the person’s needs and tastes.
Hard cases, as the name suggests, are tough in nature. This is because they will have a hardened shell of plastic as their main material. Naturally, these types of cases will give the rifle maximum protection. They will also prevent the rifle from rough handling, either from people, or from the natural movement of transportation. However, they will be heavier compared to other types. When traveling long distances, it is usually better to take a hard case. In fact, TSA requires travelers to transport their rifles in a hard case.
Soft cases are made with cloth-like material, meaning they will be lighter and easier to carry around. As an added bonus, soft cases are quieter when carried. This may not seem important in normal day-to-day activities, but for a hunter who is tracking something like a water fowl, this is important to prevent from making too much sound. When using a soft case, look for one that is waterproof.
Whichever case is used it is a good idea to get one that can be locked. Both soft and hard cases come with this feature. What many people do when traveling with their rifle, is to take both hard as well as soft cases with them. This way when they go for the actual hunt they will use a soft case.