The way it SHOULD be!
do you need a separate lock box for ammo when flying? or can it be in same case? or can that be in regular checked bag
You should check with the ariline you're flying with. Some airlines charge a special fee if you're checking in firearms. Certain airlines will allow you to place your ammo with your firearms (I strongly advise against it). Other airlines (like United and Delta) require you to have your ammunition in a different piece of luggage. FAA doesn't require you to have your ammo in a different piece of luggage, it's up to the airlines, they do however require that the ammunition be transported in the original factory container or better (like plastic reload boxes). The ammunition has to be secured so it won't end up rolling around in your luggage during handling. You can transport loaded magazines, but the magazines must be in a pouch that encloses the exposed cartridges (as most magazine pouches do).
Are you sure about Delta requiring ammo in different bag? Don't think this is their policy. Certainly is not their written policy. Maybe depends on the airports?
I also have a trip coming up and have never flown with my firearm--my question is where is my luggage with my locked case inside when I arrive at my destination? Does it come off the conveyor with everyone else's or do I pick it up somewhere else?
Check and double check the handgun laws in the country you are traveling to. Many places will allow you to bring a long gun but not a handgun. Do not assume that if your rifle is ok the handgun will be as well!What about travelling abroad? Do all the same rules apply? I'd like to take along a handgun for some target
shooting and protection, more the former than the latter.