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Consensus on best way to ship

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by rhymeswithorange, Jan 18, 2010.

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  1. rhymeswithorange

    rhymeswithorange Member

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    I've plowed through some posts on shipping but see a lot of mixed advice. I need to ship a 4K shotgun to its manufacturer, what would be the best way. FedX, USPS, or UPS? Thanks in advance.

    Dave Eberhart
     
  2. short shucker

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    Dave,

    If you like your gun, don't ship it via UPS. If there is trouble or damage during shipping you'll have one hell of a time getting paid.

    ss
     
  3. kiv-c

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    I've had the best luck shipping long guns via USPS. They never fuss about what you are sending, there are no special packaging requirements (other than it must NOT be marked as to the contents), and the insurance is better.

    The only downside is that home delivery is usually not possible, which means you have to pick it up at the post office when notified.

    BTW, they won't ship handguns at all.
     
  4. no5shooter

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    What kiv-c said. They will even make one home-delivery attempt, at least have for me, before you have to go to the PO to pick up the package.
     
  5. g7777777

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    FEDEX

    My experience is to not use UPS

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  6. Big Dave

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    Definitely not UPS, if you go on line you can open a FedEx account, you pack your shipment, choose your shipping method and amount of insurance, print the label, put it on the box and drop it off at FedEx, and you can choose to be emailed of it's progress. USPS works but is too much of a hassle for me.
     
  7. Smithy47

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    Last year I shipped 4 shotguns to various places. All expensive guns. I used USPS. It was not a hassle at all. Easy to do, you can get delivery verification and look it up on-line. All four made it to their destination in three days using priority mail. All arrived without a scratch or dent.
    I highly recommend the US Post Office.
    I will continue using them.

    My 2 cents worth. Bob
     
  8. coffee

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    Never had a problem with FEDEX.........Coffee
     
  9. luvtrapguns

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    Fed-X would not accept my package. Home office stated that shipment had to come from a FFL holder and shipped to another FFL (I am not an FFL holder nor do I have a Fed-X account). Conflicting reports from others but if shipment is made against Fed-X policy what hope do you have for a claim if something goes wrong?

    I never had a problem with UPS but have heard horror stories.

    USPS has been easy to deal with with absolutely no problem.

    Marc
     
  10. skeeljc

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    I have used both UPS and FedX with no problems. I have accounts with both services and usually use whichever is the lowest cost. I always print my own labels and drop off at a staffed counter. On one occasion when shipping a high dollar gun via UPS (over $4000) I had them open the package at the counter to check how it was packaged.

    Jim Skeel
     
  11. kiv-c

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    At least one FFL must be involved when sending via *any* shipper; ie, shipping TO an FFL holder for a repair or transfer, or shipping FROM an FFL holder to a non-FFL, like a return from a repair.

    The only exception, I'm told, is that a non-licensed person may ship a gun to himself to a different address. I know of several people that have done this (mailed their guns to the address where they are going to be operating out of on a hunting trip) rather than be hassled by the airlines or risk damage or theft by them.

    Kiv
     
  12. WGB

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    I don't use FedEx, always a problem. Betweeen USPS and and UPS never a problem, shipping or receiving.
     
  13. Ted K.

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    Kiv -

    I don't think you're right about the need to have an FFL involved. A few months ago I shipped a rifle to Weatherby to be re-blued, using UPS. When the work was done, Weatherby shipped it back directly to me (Not my FFL), again using UPS. The only requirement out of the ordinary was that an adult had to sign for the rifle when it came back here.

    Ted K.
     
  14. Dusted1

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    Well i had to ship a gun to Beretta and no one [UPS USPS or FED-X] would take it unless i had an FFL. Had to ship it thru an FFL dealer.
    I'm in NE Pa. Cost me $60.00 to ship it.
     
  15. Smithy47

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    The federal law states that a long gun can be shipped by a non-FFL holder to an FFL holder, including sending it to the manufacturer or repair center. The repair center, manufacturer, or FFL holder can send it back to the origional sender whom is not an FFL holder. The package cannot have anything on it to indicate it is a firearm.
    If it is being sold, it must go through an FFL holder to have the purchaser fill out a form 4473 and the gun will then be logged out to purchaser after getting approval from the NICS center.
    State laws vary --- so does company policys.
    Bob
     
  16. cubancigar2000

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    I ship a lot of guns, Fed Ex has worked well, UPS is terrible, USPS is high
     
  17. philk

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    I`ve shipped with UPS a number of times and never had a damage problem. I think a lot of people, and I`ve seen this on ebay a lot, really need leasons on how to pack stuff. Some people just don`t have a clue.
     
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    (B7) May a nonlicensee ship a firearm through the U.S. Postal Service?

    A nonlicensee may not transfer a firearm to a non-licensed resident of another State. A nonlicensee may mail a shotgun or rifle to a resident of his or her own State or to a licensee in any State. The Postal Service recommends that long guns be sent by registered mail and that no marking of any kind which would indicate the nature of the contents be placed on the outside of any parcel containing firearms. Handguns are not mailable. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun.
    [18 U.S.C. 1715, 922(a)(3), 922(a)(5) and 922 (a)(2)(A)]

    (B8) May a nonlicensee ship a firearm by common or contract carrier?

    A nonlicensee may ship a firearm by a common or contract carrier to a resident of his or her own State or to a licensee in any State. A common or contract carrier must be used to ship a handgun. In addition, Federal law requires that the carrier be notified that the shipment contains a firearm and prohibits common or contract carriers from requiring or causing any label to be placed on any package indicating that it contains a firearm.
    [18 U.S.C. 922(a)(2)(A), 922(a) (3), 922(a)(5) and 922(e), 27 CFR 478.31 and 478.30]

    (B9) May a nonlicensee ship firearms interstate for his or her use in hunting or other lawful activity?

    Yes. A person may ship a firearm to himself or herself in care of another person in the State where he or she intends to hunt or engage in any other lawful activity. The package should be addressed to the owner. Persons other than the owner should not open the package and take possession of the firearm
     
  19. dimapower

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    How's that for consensus? LOL

    Have shipped several via USPS and have received (via my FFL) from both UPS and FedEx with no issues.

    I think all have potential for issues; however, most of the time they will all work fine for you.
     
  20. rhymeswithorange

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    Very helpful, thanks
     
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