I made the mistake of telling UPS that the rifle I was shipping was one of a kind. They didn't want to ship it until I said another just like it could be made so it wasn't unique.lots of variables here but for an example i shipped 2 out last week from MT to FL both in wooden crates insured for 1200 each. cost was $55 per rifle via UPS ground. insurance being the biggest factor in my experience but i always build a wooden crate to ship to protect from gorillas.
That is all true, but every custom gunmaker ships them exactly like that, including Kibler and all his kits. There's just no way around it for it's best chance to arrive safely. I put 'FRAGILE: GLASS TUBING' and often 'ATTN: ENGINEERING DEPT' in stencil, and that's the best I can do as far as diverting attention. As to UPS, just ship it USPS.And that's the quandary. The kind of protection shown above is exactly what's needed to ensure a safe delivery. It also broadcasts 'firearm'. UPS and other shippers have teams dedicated to reducing theft among its employees, particualrly of firearms. I know this because I've had the occasion to work with one of them to recover a missing rifle.
Alll shippers include a measure of risk of your package being lost or damaged. That's just the way it is. Wood crating a M/L rifle makes sense in mitigating at least one of the risks due to damage
Sounds like a ‘local’ regulation. Have shipped and received similar shaped packages through USPS, UPS and FedEx. Yes they had guns or gun components in them, but without X-ray vision or opening the package, who but the shipper knows exactly what is in it.
No, just a max Length x Girth size. Yep, BPMS was a postal worker and said boxes like this were very common. Millions of rifles and shotguns bought online every year.Maybe i missed it but Isn't there a substantial extra charge for unusual shaped shipments? Also aren't 4x7x48 thru 52" cardboard long gun boxes are shipped by tens of thousands everyday? Most are obvious rifles.