Originally Posted by kcebcj
Rooster...I see you have that scabbard rigged to ride scope down. This is how all my scabbards are rigged but now with the elevation turret stickin out like it does on my rifle do you think there would be too much pressure on the turret? My go to rifle is 10.5 lbs. A portion of that weight would be on that turret if the turret was hitting bottom in the scabbard. The flap locking the bolt at the stock butt would hold it away some it looks like. I almost think if I have one built I will rig it to ride scope up unless I can figure a way to have the turret clear of any pressure. I prefer to rig it just like you have it there....just don't know yet.
You did a good job!!
You're a little like myself, read pictures more-so than the "article" haha.. In my post you'll see I did mention the elevation turret. There is ZERO pressure on it. And that Zeiss has a hunk of a bell AND turret-system indeed.. still no pressure* I made it to make sure of that.
On another note, my flap actually has no pressure riding on it either.. it's merely there (fit with buckle) to ensure the rifle cannot slide OUT. It's there to keep the rifle IN the scabbard for the ride, it's not load-bearing otherwise** The BOLT holds all the weight on it, period. Aside from some slight pressure against the stock/barrel, it's all up to the slot/bolt to take the weight of my rifle. AND since you mention weight, that sako/Zeiss in those pictures tips the scale at 12.4lbs.. is a pig. If you can have a custom one done, I can't see why it couldn't be made to handle 10.5lbs AND be used with scope down too.. mine is a testament to that - I'm anxious to see it work this coming season.
*Quite confident I designed it well-enough to work the way we've been discussing. Think it'll be a winner. Couple guys I hunt with are already asking questions and likely will have similar underneath their-own stirrup fenders come august and sheep season too!!