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Old 03-30-2006, 05:52 PM
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what shipping company to use for shipping a rifle action

I am about to ship off my action to have my rifle built. does it matter who i use ups or fedx. anything i should know before i send it out. just trying to cover my base first time sending a action out.
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:12 PM
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Re: what shipping company to use for shipping a rifle action

Either one will do it for you, no problem. I've used both but I usually use UPS because I get better delivery service from the UPS guys. If it's the same where you are, you have to go to a main UPS branch to send any type of firearm etc. The small UPS stores around town can't handle the firearms here in my town and I have to go to the main UPS branch. Just be sure to insure it for what it's worth and tell them exactly what it is.

Good luck with your new APS build. I know you'll be happy. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:20 PM
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Re: what shipping company to use for shipping a rifle action

If you use UPS and the action is expensive and you insure it they will want to inspect the packing. Do not seal the top of the box as they will cut it open. They require 2 inches of foam on all sides. The box is not allowed to rattle or bump. Everything must be tight fitted inside the box.

Next day air is expensive but it isn't handled by as many people who might take a liking to your fancy expensive action. If you know the email of your gunsmith and take it with you then you can enter his email into the tracking system and both he and you will recieve tracking notices.

When you fill in the portion that describes what it is you can use the word "reciever". I did as Kirby suggested and wrote "Nesika M Reciever". Even though the form had on it what it was the clerk asked me what I was shipping and I said "A reciever" and she just nodded her head like she knew what a reciever was.

When shipping brass cases, euphmisms that are usesful are "brass units". Everybody knows what a "unit" is. Sometimes I use the term "brass fittings". Everybody knows what a fitting is. Fittings go right on the dowhackey next to the thingamajig and are connected to the whatchamacallit.

Bullets are "alloy cylinders"

Bubble wrap is good stuff. Ethafoam is really good stuff (it is found in computer boxes - an action will fit just right in a laptop foam packing).

I agree on going to the main store. One other thng is to call and see when the truck departs for the airport because next day air is only if you get there early enough for it to get on the truck to the airport.
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:34 PM
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Re: what shipping company to use for shipping a rifle action

Bigrich,

UPS seems to be best, but they are still a problem most of time. You can get on their website to get the lowdown on the regs.

From what I understand, as long as the firearm (or serialzed action) is not being tranferred (ownership) there is no problem shipping it. However, my local UPS office almost goes into a panic if I bring a gun in to be shipped. I have without success tried to explain their own policy to them. Simply put they refuse to ship a gun without an FFL. (My local Fed-X office is the same.)

In order to get around this I take the stock off and put it in one box, put the barreled action another box and ship them. I lable them as "gun parts" and they have no problem with that even though they understand the two boxes together make a "gun". Go figure............ [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

The desk clerk at your UPS office may be more informed on their own rules, but don't count on it.

When returning from a hunt in Alaska last fall, I tried to ship my own rifle to myself at both Fed-X and UPS. Both refused to take it without an FFL.

Long story to say this. If all you are shipping is an action, just put it in a box and put as the description "gun parts" and you will not have a problem.
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:33 PM
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Re: what shipping company to use for shipping a rifle action

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When shipping brass cases, euphmisms that are usesful are "brass units". Everybody knows what a "unit" is. Sometimes I use the term "brass fittings". Everybody knows what a fitting is. Fittings go right on the dowhackey next to the thingamajig and are connected to the whatchamacallit.

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Thats great! I once shipped a box of "High Pressure Brass Gaskets" The guy affixing the label said "car guy huh?" I said, "yep"
"Machine parts" forks well in place of just about any componet for a firearm as well.
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Old 03-31-2006, 10:08 AM
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Re: what shipping company to use for shipping a rifle action

buffalobob - abinok:

Have you guys actually had problems with UPS or FedEx when trying to ship firearms or gun related items, or do you just think you might if you said what the box really contained???

I've shipped complete firearms and every conceivable type of related item such as actions/receivers, barrels, barreled actions, cases, bullets etc., and have always called it what it really is and have never had a problem. Maybe I've just got a really knowledgable UPS counter person. I've never had to open a package to document what's in it because of the description or the amount I insured it for and they've never checked or said anything about, how it was packaged. If you send something that can and will rattle or make a noise, like bulk brass cases, you just tell them about the rattle ahead of time and lable it accordingly and they ship it no problem.

It was explained to me one time, by UPS, that should the freak accident happen and, say a truck was to wreck, and boxes got broken open and or damaged and contents were loose that it was much easier to identify items and owners if the description accurately fits the item in the package. I know it'll never happen but, just in case............

Don't quote me on this but I believe that whan shipping an action or complete firearm, that one of the parties involved has to have an FFL. You can ship a firearm that you already own to a mfg. or gunsmith, and they can ship it back to you with no problem. You can't ship to a private individual that doesn't have an FFL is my understanding. This is one thing that UPS has questioned, and that is, if I'm shipping a firearm to say, Kirby, they want to know if he's a dealer or gunsmith and they want it addressed to the business and not an individual.

I'd like to hear stories if some of you have had problems with UPS or FedEx not accepting packages because it contained brass cases, bullets, actions, firearms etc., and you told them exactly what was in it. Maybe I've just beel lucky in having a knowledgable UPS counter person here.
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Re: what shipping company to use for shipping a rifle action

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If you use UPS and the action is expensive and you insure it they will want to inspect the packing. Do not seal the top of the box as they will cut it open. They require 2 inches of foam on all sides. The box is not allowed to rattle or bump. Everything must be tight fitted inside the box.

Next day air is expensive but it isn't handled by as many people who might take a liking to your fancy expensive action. If you know the email of your gunsmith and take it with you then you can enter his email into the tracking system and both he and you will recieve tracking notices.


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The first trip they cut my box open and checked the padding and I only had an inch on the ends -good ethafoam so it would not be have been a problem, but I had to go back home and find a larger box and repack everything.


You see where I live geographically and you ask if I am going into a place and yell out "hey, I got a gun in a box."

I may be somewhat crazy but I am not stupid. I drive an extra 30 minutes to get out to a UPS where people are a little more accepting of pickup trucks and guns. Where I live people complain that my pickup truck runs down the neighborhood property values and that my vette restoration project is against the law (which it is ). But they only complain to my wife, not me, being as I often have a big wrench in one hand a beer in the other. And they don't seem to want to talk to the wrench.
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