Originally Posted by kcebcj
I have three scabbards all of which are now to short....end of scabbard to the bolt notch. The elevation and windage turrets stick out to far they won't even start to slip in and if they did they would rotate no doubt. There is a saddle shop there in town and was going to have something built but it has not been a priority with me as have not used the horses to hunt from in a couple years.
I would like to see what you come up with. The aluminum around the scope is that formed so the turrets have clearance and no pressure? I use the scabbards with the scope down and on the right they just ride better for me that way but with the turrets I think the scope probably should go up so no pressure on the elevation knob and that would put the rifle on the left.
Post some pictures when it's finished or PM me if you want
I've been looking at the Vortex HS LR scope simply because it has a capped windage knob that is about three quarters of a inch and the uncapped elevation knob is only an inch. That's about half the size of the ones I use now.
Yes, the aluminum and the neoprene will form a pocket for the side turrets---the elevation turret is no issue. I used to make (and still do) pistol holsters and i always sandwiched aircraft grade thin aluminum in between the two leathers. This keeps the form of the pistol. I can make them as long as you want but I don't think it will be able to incorporate a front bipod without being very bulky. The photos are of a scabbard I made for a guy that wanted it to mount on an ATV and he also wanted a sling so that he could carry it like a quiver. It has a 50mm scope on it. The long range scabbard will be made out of natural tooling leather so that I can mold it and tool it---this one is made out of latigo and it is hard to mold as well as stamp plus the glue won't hold with the layers.
I'll post some photos as I make it. I asked a local guy to use his long range rig (he is right handed, I am lefthanded) for a prototype (i wanted a right handed bolt for a model) and I said I'd give him the scabbard with I'm done and he said, "okay." Duh.
His rifle is a custom built 7mm with a nightforce so I think it will be a good example.
As a sidenote, the other photo is of a dog collar that I make for the local sheepherder dogs---pyranees and ackbashes---they are made so the wolves can't go for the necks. They actually work great but then the wolves figured it out and started gutting the dogs. These collars have been on some dogs for over 3 years and the leather has held up great---that is what I use for the scabbards and I finish them with natural neetsfoot oil.