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If you're shipping barrels only, another good "barrel box" is the tube in which you store fishing rods. That's assuming you're going to get it back when the barrels are returned, if the rod tube is worth much.

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Dennis, I recently ordered parts from Midway and Briley. These were small parts which could have been shipped inexpensively through USPS first class or Priority. Instead, they were shipped with the hybrid UPS/USPS type handling. The difference is that the new method didn't appear to save me money, but takes weeks for delivery. I object to this shipment!

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Re. barrel shipping tube.

A few years ago I decided to use Briley for choke alteration on a set of Perazzi DC12 bbls so I made up a "bomb proof" shipping container out of schedule 80 PVC pipe, padded the interior & end caps w/ foam & sourced the proper size heavy weight cardboard box to ship the PVC barrel carrier in. In the end I had about $30.00 in the shipping container + my time in sourcing the materials & putting it together. Figured I was going to have it for future use so I might as well do it right.

In my instructions to Briley I asked that the barrels be returned in my shipping container & put my name & address on the PVC bbl carrier in addition to the outside cardboard shipping sleeve.

Sure enough, a week later my bbls come back in the standard flimsy cardboard box that Briley uses w/o much of any protection from being crushed. Thankfully, they were undamaged (except for the scuffing up of the soldered keel between the bbls that Briley seems to do all too often when opening chokes or installing choke tubes).

After thinking about it for several days I called & asked them to send my PVC bbl carrier back & after a few weeks I received someone else's PVC bbl carrier but this one was flimsy thin wall (schedule 20?) PVC.

At this point I was so disgusted I just gave up & I guess my point is that in shipping stuff around it doesn't always go as smoothly as one would hope.

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I recently shipped a small single-shot without stock and the item fit inside my barrel shipping tube--3" OD PVC with one cap glued on and the other taped. About as sturdy a container as one can ship. UPS wanted an additional $20 because of "irregular shape" for a total of $54. I said "no thanks" and took it too USPS for 3 day priority. $30 and it got there in 3 days. I've probably used the same tube a half dozen times shipping barrels off to Mike Orlen for choke work. I tried scraping off the old labels and bar codes with mixed success and ended covering them up with gorilla tape. It had so many labels and scuff marks on it that it reminded me of an old Victorian steamer trunk covered with shipping labels and destination decals. Gil

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Warning: USPS signature confirmation to a residence will result in delivery driver dropping it off at your mailbox or door. No ding-dong. They’ll instead sign for YOU with“C-19” and route/driver code on the slip as proof and they’re not to go to the door nor interact at the door or residence, hence will drop highly insured items at the mailbox. They did so for a signature confirmation insured multi-thousand dollar package leaving it in my mailbox at the street and never stopped to ring the door bell. The mailbox door was left half open and the package hanging out to the street for two hours!!

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Using UPS, much seems to depend on the outlet where you drop your package. I had no problems at all with the rod tube I used to ship barrels. A few years back, I used an office where they (or at least those working the counter when I delivered my package) had never shipped a firearm previously. They pretty much followed the book, with me giving them hints. Sometimes they ask to see a copy of the addressee's FFL, but sometimes they don't.

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Using UPS, much seems to depend on the outlet where you drop your package. I had no problems at all with the rod tube I used to ship barrels. A few years back, I used an office where they (or at least those working the counter when I delivered my package) had never shipped a firearm previously. They pretty much followed the book, with me giving them hints. Sometimes they ask to see a copy of the addressee's FFL, but sometimes they don't.

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Originally Posted by rrrgcy
Warning: USPS signature confirmation to a residence will result in delivery driver dropping it off at your mailbox or door. No ding-dong. They’ll instead sign for YOU with“C-19” and route/driver code on the slip as proof and they’re not to go to the door nor interact at the door or residence, hence will drop highly insured items at the mailbox. They did so for a signature confirmation insured multi-thousand dollar package leaving it in my mailbox at the street and never stopped to ring the door bell. The mailbox door was left half open and the package hanging out to the street for two hours!!
The above doesn't happen where I live. If I'm not here to sign, a pre-printed pink slip is in the mailbox informing me of attempted delivery with instructions to appear at a named post office location after 830 am next morning to sign for and retrieve item. This has been the procedure as long as I can remember and happened again last week. Gil

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Originally Posted by GLS
Originally Posted by rrrgcy
Warning: USPS signature confirmation to a residence will result in delivery driver dropping it off at your mailbox or door. No ding-dong. They’ll instead sign for YOU with“C-19” and route/driver code on the slip as proof and they’re not to go to the door nor interact at the door or residence, hence will drop highly insured items at the mailbox. They did so for a signature confirmation insured multi-thousand dollar package leaving it in my mailbox at the street and never stopped to ring the door bell. The mailbox door was left half open and the package hanging out to the street for two hours!!
The above doesn't happen where I live. If I'm not here to sign, a pre-printed pink slip is in the mailbox informing me of attempted delivery with instructions to appear at a named post office location after 830 am next morning to sign for and retrieve item. This has been the procedure as long as I can remember and happened again last week. Gil

Doesn't happen here, either. Always a pink notice, same as for a certified letter. I think rrrgcy has a lazy postman. Our rural postal carrier regularly brings packages to our carport door that don't even require a signature, if they won't fit in the mailbox out by the road.


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USPS once left a signature required package hanging from the red flag on my mailbox on the street. It was a holiday weekend and I was away so it was there from Friday afternoon until Tuesday morning when I returned.

It was an S&W K-22...I reamed the postmaster a new one...


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