Thanks for the advice Scott. I finally had the chance to go bikepacking last weekend which meant I found a method of safely carrying my carbine on my bike. A buddy and I spent four days in the Siskiyous and Kalmioopsis Wilderness. Apart from the Army I have little experience with actual long distance packpacking. My main drawback is convincing myself I need to carry less gear. My pack was 35 pounds and the bike had about 16 pounds on it. My buddy had a 20 pound pack and nothing on his bike. Your gear lists are very well put together. With my stubborn ways I knew the only way to learn to carry less was to carry what I thought I needed. Apart from 3 flat tires and idiots shooting into our camp (apparently shooting at the lake) we had a great time.
The 5.11 rifle sleeve is a tri-fold padded sleeve with a cup that can fit a supresses barrel. There is a buckle strap inside in case the velcro fails. Overall it worked well. It can be strapped to a pack (intended purpose). The only trouble came when I had to drag the bike over large rocks. The rear was quite heavy and made it difficult to maneuver. At one point I strapped the rifle to the handlebars to distribute weight. If anyone does this, tape the muzzle or cap it because you will likely get dirt in there.
5.11 Tactical Rush Tier Rifle Sleeve
California pitcher plants (Darlingtonia californica) in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness at Vulcan Lake. They can live in serpentine soils high in metals and pH.
The fires up north made an amazing sunrise.