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    Default Boat gun storage ?

    What do you use to hold/store your shotguns/rifles on your boat?

    I hate having guns bumping up against the aluminum in the boat. Bad for the guns and bad for the boat.

    I can put one on each side in the upper storage on my hewes OP. I usually keep a rifle in the gunnel in a hard case.

    I am looking for some way to mount a shotgun or rifle in the bow and the stern that is easy to remove, but sturdy enough to hold the gun. Probably in the upright position. This would be safer than having the shotguns moving in and out of the cabin when dropping and picking up people. We usually run and gun and are not in a bay very long before heading to the next location.

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    Check out the mounts used in UTV's. I use 'em in my airboat. Gun sits on the butt end, held in place by 2 cradles with velcro strap. Takes up small area and very secure.
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    I was just looking at the Kolpin UTV mount. I think I can build something like that pretty easily. Something I can take off during the summer fishing season. Now to figure out where to put them at.

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    I installed four ATV-TEK grips in my Hewescraft. Work awesome...
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    Bullelklr,
    Hit up Rob B for pics, he just installed gun racks on his Hewes.
    H2O, those look great.
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    I got it so I can hold 4 guns. I had some old cabela's window suction cup holders http://www.cabelas.com/product/Kolpi...2811314&rid=20 I turned them sideways so that the butt of the gun is on the floor and they stand upright.

    That I used to use. I screwed them to the back wall of the bulkhead starboard side so I can put two guns there. The actual gun holder itself just unclips so they will be almost flush for summer fishing or leave one up for holding a gaff or whatever. THe other two guns go on the top shelf just above the ATV-Tek grips above. Would be nice to be able to use the shelves also though.

    Will those ATV tek grips hold a scope rifle well enough so that it doesn't come off/break when you are pounding 4-5 footers?

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    Pics.......sounds great though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post

    Will those ATV tek grips hold a scope rifle well enough so that it doesn't come off/break when you are pounding 4-5 footers?
    So far no issues in 2-3' chop. IMO, the ATV-TEK grips are much more heavily built than the Kolpins. They are solid rubber and utilize an internally mounted heavy-duty 3/8" diameter bolt with a large locking-style nut that is easily removable. The base of the grips are also fitted with teeth to prevent from rotating or rattling loose once tightened down. The bolts are only about 1 1/2" long so I don't lose any storage space on the shelves.

    I have mine spaced 16" apart, so I can fit pretty much any style scoped rifle other than an AR.

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    I picked up these from Soortsmans since I was in the area. I used one on each side of the boat and the butt of the gun will sit on the floor. Looks pretty solid so far. We will see this weekend how they hold up.


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    I've put two of these on the roof and they work great. From Big Sky.
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    One more off the web.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAredneck View Post
    I've put two of these on the roof and they work great. From Big Sky.
    I have one of these that my FIL gave me for xmas for an old truck (I wrecked the truck). I did not want to put holes in the roof though - and I did not want the rack to rust up - it's made of steel.

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    I've had no rust issues at all. Ones been on the boat for 7yrs and the other 2. And I have a drop ceiling in the boat so no thru holds in the roof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Pics.......sounds great though.
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    I really like how those are removable when not hunting season. Nice job.
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    Those are excellent. Like the removable part too.
    Thanks for posting pics.
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