Shipping a Brown Bess?


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harbinger_j
October 17, 2008, 04:18 PM
I am thinking of selling my Pedersoli Brown Bess online and I am wondering what is involved in shipping it out of state? USPS? UPS? Through an FFL?

Also how would you package it?

Thanks for any advice

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PRM
October 17, 2008, 06:11 PM
FFL is not required for BP - you might want to check on restrictions in the state you plan on shipping to. Make sure the buyer is 18.

I have shipped long guns (BP) with Pony Mail through UPS with no problem. They packaged it and insured it ... Pretty easy.

JNewell
October 17, 2008, 08:05 PM
Legally, +1. But I have had UPS really savage some flintlock shipments. I hate to say this, and it's probably too late anyway, but I'd ship in one of those plastic cases. (Thinking...) Ehhhm, probably wouldn't fit (too long). Make sure it's really well packed. Last Charleville arrived with a huge dirty Vibram stomp-print right above the wrist...was sure the stock would be broken (it wasn't, luckily).

RyanM
October 17, 2008, 08:18 PM
Yep. It's just a piece of pipe with a piece of wood on it, as far as federal law is concerned.

May want to ask the buyer for their shipping courier preference.

Here, everything I've ever gotten from FedEx has arrived looking like it had been through a war zone. They also never change the time they attempt deliveries, if their first couple tries fail (for stuff that needs a signature). UPS will usually try the first time at 10-11, then the next day after 5:00. FedEx, they try three times between 10 and 12, then I have to drive a half hour to go pick up the package.

arcticap
October 18, 2008, 03:01 AM
U.S. Priority Mail is about the best and most reliable delivery method. It usually takes only 2 days and there aren't any rural surcharges like with UPS.
There is a surcharge for sending an extra long package if the gun isn't broken down though, but that's only an extra $3.50 or so.
Double boxing, i.e. - putting it inside a box within a box is recommended. These can be aquired at a local gunshop. Use foam, paper or bubble wrap to wrap around the entire gun and to protect the stock.
Most letter carriers know the local residents on their route and when and how to best deliver such a package. Especially if the customer lets him know that it's coming and what their delivery preference is.
Ask the postal clerk to mark the package "fragile", and if asked about the contents, tell them it's an antique muzzle loading firearm which modern replicas qualify as being. Being fully insured and sent by Priority Mail gets the best service IMO.
Adding delivery confirmation provides an easy way to track the rapid progress of delivery.
The gun can always be broken down and sent in 2 packages if someone felt that they're not able to package it securely enough whole.
Some gun builders will ship more expensive rifles in a specialized handmade crated box, but I don't think that's absolutely necessary if it's padded well enough.
I've never had a problem shipping a gun through the U.S. Mail. Because it's shipped so rapidly, usually by air under a postal contract with Fedex, and it's being tracked all along the way, there's less chance for it to be lost or mis-routed. Also, I believe that because it's fully insured and protected by U.S Postal laws, there's less chance of damage or employee theft. Postal workers are usually career employees and many are military veterans with a high sense of duty and professional responsiblility to their job. I've read about so many horror stories shipping with private carriers and difficulties getting insurance claims covered for lost and damaged goods. Whether a gun needs to be sent to Alaska or anywhere else in the U.S., it's the U.S. Postal Service that I have the most faith in, especially Priority Mail service. They've virtually always delivered undamaged and on time for me. :)

4v50 Gary
October 19, 2008, 10:15 PM
I wouldn't break the gun down to save on shipping. The barrel reinforces that forearm which can easily be broken without it.

BTW, I sent my unfinished rifle via USPS to Indianapolis for a stock carving class. I used a lot of bubble wrap around the gun and placed the box in a vise to compress it so I could tape it closed. After the class, I sent it home on Friday afternoon via USPS. I had it certified and bought insurance on it.

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