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taracer21
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USA
14 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2008 :  11:08:35 PM  Show Profile
lets hear how you guys ship your guns. UPS,USPS,FED EX who does the best job for the best price? Thanks Gary

Henry0Reilly
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USA
13704 Posts

Posted - 03/05/2008 :  11:20:22 PM  Show Profile
USPS priority mail. Broken down if possible.



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slumlord44
Advanced Member

USA
2899 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  12:23:00 AM  Show Profile
Fed Ex. No hassels may not be cheapest. UPS gave me a lot of hassels. Local USPS does not seem to have a clue but I keep asking them.

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lcdrdanr
Junior Member

389 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  12:25:34 AM  Show Profile
USPS, Priority usually, Insured. Since they have to sign for the insured parcel I don't put signature required. I have shipped first class mail if money was tight, it's legal but the clerks at the post office don't like doing it, they want it to go priority.

I typically ship in a hard gun case although I have used a cardboard box and styrofoam. Hard gun case, wired shut with bailing wire and then duct taped in at least 4 places. Remove the bolt and wrap it in bubble wrap before wiring it shut. Place bill of sale, buyers address and copy of my drivers license (with DOB x-d out) and any other information inside.

Put address label on outside and wrap clear packing tape completely around the address so it can't come off and if it gets wet it is still legible.

Have never, ever, had a problem with a long gun shipped this way.

Dan R
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5mmgunguy
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3854 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  12:27:13 AM  Show Profile
Are you shipping to repair or to an FFL for a sale?
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jebthegreat
Starting Member

USA
16 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  02:29:08 AM  Show Profile
break the gun down and go with fedx that is the way i allways sent them they came into my store i would not go with usps they are poop

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tsr1965
Advanced Member

USA
7095 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  06:08:47 AM  Show Profile
If you ship UPS, you have to go to a main hub. They will not ship from a local pick up point, unless it is a FFL dealer with an account. FEDEX is the most hastle free way for right now. When I ship, i put the rifle in an el-cheapo hard case(or its factory box), and put thatin a 9"x9"xtelescoping box, with lots of packing. I also insure for 25% more than its replacement price, incase the insurance is needed, and prorated. It is costly, but then everyone likes to get what they paid for in one piece, and they are more than willing to pay the shipping. These guys with a fixed 25-30 rate are either loosing their butt(like me) on the shipping, or the reciever might, or might not get their firearm in good condition.
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cody45
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1358 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  10:10:54 AM  Show Profile
I vote for Fed Ex. They are not anti-gun at all. UPS is. Priority mail is my second choice.
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capgun
Senior Member

1407 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  11:08:44 AM  Show Profile
Fed Ex requires ALL firearms be shipped next day air premium. Very expensive. You can confirm this regulation on the Fed Ex site.
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cody45
Senior Member

1358 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  1:24:57 PM  Show Profile
the previous post by Mr Capgun is erroneous. I just double checked the Fedex website to be sure Im right. Handguns are in a separte category and must go over-nite. Frankly Im a little tired of inexperienced people jumping in a topic they know nothing about. Fedex gladly accepts long guns for standard ground shipping, and always have. I have been using them for years with no problem.
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nononsense
Moderator

8948 Posts

Posted - 03/06/2008 :  1:37:37 PM  Show Profile
taracer21,

Welcome to the GunBroker Forums!

With all due respect, this gets argued about at least once a month and the arguments are always the same.

Please use the search button at the top right hand corner of the page and read all of the threads concerning shipping of firearms.

Best.








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