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.