If you are anything like me, you are a Gear Fool at heart. The exciting thing about being a Gear Fool is that we are always on the lookout for the next product that will make our hunt more enjoyable and be added to our kit. Every year, I try out 5-10 different pieces of gear. Most of the gear does not get added to my kit, but the ones that do typically stay with me until I find something better. I don’t have a ton of brand loyalty as I want to use the best piece of equipment no matter who makes it.
About 20 years ago, I purchased a rifle cover from Kifaru. It was a two-piece sleeve where one went over the barrel and the other went over the butt of the gun. They overlapped at the action of the rifle and kept the gun dry. It was lightweight and worked well for years. The only downfall I found was that it did not fit many longer rifles or bigger scopes and could take a little time to remove if you had both covers on. Kifaru stopped making the rifle cover years ago, so I went without a cover for years after I wore mine out.
Years later, a friend turned me on to the Solo HNTR rifle cover. This cover worked well, and I took it all over the West and was happy with how well it worked. Always wanting to see if there is a better mousetrap out there, I decided to buy a few different gun covers and use them on my spring bear hunts. For this overview, I decided to compare two lightweight and two heavier weight rifle covers. For the lightweight rifle covers, I chose the Solo HNTR Mountain Lite Rifle Cover and the new KUIU rifle cover. For the heavier weight covers, I went with the new Caribou Gear WX Rifle Shield and the Solo HNTR Rugged Rifle Cover.
I hunt with a .300 Ultra Mag that has a 26" barrel plus a muzzle break. The total length of the gun is 48", and it is topped with a Nightforce NXS 5.5x22 scope with scope caps, which has an overall length of 16.25". This is the gun I hunted with while using all the gun covers. I also tested the fit with a youth rifle. It was set up with a Leupold scope and had a total rifle length of 37". This was used for the covers that were rated for those smaller length rifles. For the weight of the gun covers, I weighed each one instead of using the weight listed by the manufacturer.
LIGHTWEIGHT GUN COVERS
Solo HNTR Mountain Lite Rifle Cover
· Rifle Length Fit – 36-56"
· MSRP – $39.99
The Solo HNTR gun cover first came out in 2006. This was the gun cover I used for years after my Kifaru one wore out. This cover fit my rifle and scope really well. Of all the covers I looked at, this one was the easiest and quickest to put on and take off. It is adjustable enough to even fit a youth rifle that is only 37" long. The barrel area of the cover is large enough to fit most rifle suppressors.
KUIU Rifle Cover