Best way to ship rifle??


black bear
June 25, 2005, 12:07 PM
Hi Guys!!
I hope this is the right Forum for this question.
I have a rifle that I am going to sell to a collector, I have to ship it to his FFL dealer.
What is the best way to do it?
What is the average cost of doing it for a 9 or 10 pounds package?
It should be insured?
What about shipping carboard boxes. did UPS have them?
Any legalities I should be aware?

Sorry for so many questions, as you see is the first time that I am going to sell one of my rifles out of the state.
I'll appreciate any help from you, guys.
Thank you very much
Best regards
black bear

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June 25, 2005, 12:09 PM
I like FedEx 3 day saver for long guns. Fast and relatively inexpensive.

June 25, 2005, 01:31 PM
What is the best way to do it?


USPS is the way to ship a rifle, i will cost from 15-25 dollars depending on distance. I shipped a rifle to NJ last week USPS for $17 with $300 in insurance. A hot melt gun and some cardboard will make a box real quick, it just takes a little creativity. When shipping USPS you just have to remove the bolt to make the gun unfireable. Just put it in a bag and stuff it in the box. You just tell them it's a rifle at the counter and off it goes.

June 25, 2005, 03:20 PM
Long guns are no problem, either way, USPS or UPS. Just make sure you tell them its a rifle, and insure it. I have shipped long guns using both,with no problems, except for the UPS stores, they won't do it. You must go to a UPS service center.

June 25, 2005, 08:37 PM
I used Fed-Ex because the UPS agent gave me a bit of a hard time telling me they won't ship any guns. I didn't want to get into a hassle and a call to Fed-Ex was positive so I went to the Fed-Ex depot in Ronkonkoma and it was a pleasure. I live on Long Island too by the way.

June 25, 2005, 08:43 PM
definitely post office, it's legal for nonFFL to ship long guns through USPS.

June 25, 2005, 10:39 PM
I actually prefer UPS over Fed Ex or USPS. I have always gotten great service from the guys in the brown truck.


June 25, 2005, 10:45 PM
As I said above, I use FedEx for long guns, but I use UPS for handguns as their center is closer to the house.

I read all the painfull threads about poor service and I'm thankfull the UPS and FedEx guys here are so easy to deal with. In the last 5 years I have had nothing but pleasant transactions locally.

June 26, 2005, 12:03 AM
Black Bear,

Unless shipping to a manufacturer for repair (when I use the postal service) I have always used UPS. I have never had a problem with them and the first $100 of value is included in the shipping fee, add on more insurance for a small fee. My guess is that a rifle would still ship for about $18 or so.

The best thing to do for a box, is to go to a large gun store and ask if they have an outter shipping box for a rifle in the length you need. They will usually give it to you although some charge a small fee. Make sure the box is not at all crushed. I add some inner support in the form of old styrofoam cut to fit around the edges and plenty of packing like nes paper so the rifle does not move around alot. Ups the price a buck or two because of weight, but makes the receiver quite happy to see it packed well.

Burn's brothers used to give me a box every now and then. I think they are called Wholesale firearms now.

All the best,
Glenn B

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