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I saw on a Facebook KLR group that a guy had bought a nylon scabbard for his lever-action and mounted it on his KLR...

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I thought that was a very cool idea. My camping carbine is a Henry Black Rifle and it would be nice to be able to have a rifle with me in the wilderness instead of just my 10mm pistol.

So, the guy shared a link to the scabbard and I ordered one in coyote tan. It arrived and was good quality. Then it hit me; it said it was for a shotgun/lever-action, and my rifle has a red dot, as do all of my hunting rifles.

I tried to mount it where that gentleman did, but I just couldn't get the proper angle where the front of the scabbard wasn't getting hit by the fender or the butt of the rifle wasn't hit by my knee or the handlebar, so I tried mounting it similar to my machete...

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No bueno. So tried a hunting rifle...

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Then I put in a rifle that actually fit; my Uberti Silver Boy lever-action .22...

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Looks good and completely out of the way of my knees, handlebars, etc.

Then I tried to get on the bike. Nope. Not limber enough to get my leg high enough to clear the buttstock.

It might work on the left rear area, but I still can't use it for any of my rifles with optics. So, decided to just chalk it up to a bad idea. I can at least use the scabbard for an ATV.
 

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Simple fix, don't use rifles with optics, just use iron sights.
In the Army they taught us how to shoot just with iron sights.
As maintaining your zero, and not hitting the scope can really affect the effectiveness of it.
I personally love the old SLR rifles, 7.62mm and iron sight, accurate out to over 500m.
Then again with a Remington 700 in .223 I have nailed a royal flush poker game at 800m.
 

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IMO the perfect fit for that scabbard would be a Henry Mare's Leg in your caliber of choice. I guess that would mean another trip to the local gun shop though, darn the luck...... ;)
 

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I want a camping carbine ! Maybe you could take your scabbard down to a auto upholstery shop and have them slot the top and add a velcro strap so the scope slides down in farther and is secured. Buy a break-down .22.
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Try running it along the seat, under your leg.

I carry my 10mm in a chest or tanker style holster under my coat. Never been comfortable with a firearm hanging off the side of the bike.

Maybe a take down version rifle in the case on the back.
 

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Or you could do something like this.
I have 3 or 4 of those Kolpin Cases. I have the Mounting kit(s) to mount them on a Toro Twister/Mid-Duty Workman (I worked on, and for Toro for awhile) that I was thinking of a way to mount on my Bike. I can't think of a way to make those kits work. It would be nice to have a rifle in a hard case if needed. It would be nice for an option on those remote trips.

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Go hard case, don't want them bouncing out, exposed to the elements or others to be tempted to take them. Also if the locked hard case is secure can leave the bike when you need to run errands.
 

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Or you could do something like this.
I have 3 or 4 of those Kolpin Cases. I have the Mounting kit(s) to mount them on a Toro Twister/Mid-Duty Workman (I worked on and for Toro for awhile) that I was thinking of a way to mount on my Bike. I can't think of a way to make those kits work. It would be nice to have a rifle in a hard case if needed. It would be nice for an option on those remote trips.

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I have 3 or 4 of those Kolpin Cases. I have the Mounting kit(s) to mount them on a Toro Twister/Mid-Duty Workman (I worked on and for Toro for awhile) that I was thinking of a way to mount on my Bike. I can't think of a way to make those kits work. It would be nice to have a rifle in a hard case if needed. It would be nice for an option on those remote trips.

Willie
With a Widened / Strengthened rear rack @Jts45acp in FL used to carry his weapon in a Kolpin case and a 70lb Labrador.
 

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With a Widened / Strengthened rear rack @Jts45acp in FL used to carry his weapon in a Kolpin case and a 70lb Labrador.
OK.... so I have a 60lb Lab mix that I had thought to myself, how am I going to ride as much as I want and still keep her (the Lab, not the wife) happy? I've seen many H-D riders with smaller Dogs on Bikes. I'll have to look for photos of this guy & his Lab!

Thank you for the 411!

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What is your reason for carrying a rifle with you on the bike?
Because when I go into the Idaho mountains, I typically like to have a rifle with me for predator defense, or survival.

I grew up here and having a carbine handy was just common sense. A pistol is good; a rifle is better.

I was camping and had a pack of wolves come in to check me and my dog out a couple of years ago. This photo was taken that night. I didn't realize they were there until I found all the sign the next morning. My dog was acting weird and stayed close to the fire, which he typically avoided. I was glad to have the rifle handy...

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Because when I go into the Idaho mountains, I typically like to have a rifle with me for predator defense, or survival.

I grew up here and having a carbine handy was just common sense. A pistol is good; a rifle is better.

I was camping and had a pack of wolves come in to check me and my dog out a couple of years ago. This photo was taken that night. I didn't realize they were there until I found all the sign the next morning. My dog was acting weird and stayed close to the fire, which he typically avoided. I was glad to have the rifle handy...
How do you expect a rifle to be more effective at fending off wild animals than your 10mm pistol?
 
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