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I have sold one of my shotguns. I'm just waiting to receive the check in the mail and deposit it in the bank, then I'll ship it to the buyer's out-of-state FFL. I was led to believe that FedEx is the best way to go, but when I called them yesterday about shipping rates I was quoted $222 next day, $189 2 day, and $110 3 day.

Say what?!

Internet inquiries indicate that I can mail it USPS or UPS, also.

I need some information from y'all. I'm going from this keyboard to the mailbox, and if the check is here, I'll have to ship it tomorrow. Help.
 
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Call your FFL and ask what they would charge to ship it. I sold a pistol and both UPS and FedEx wanted over $100 to ship it. I do not know about long guns but USPS will not ransport a handgun mailed by an individual, but FFL can mail them. I went to my FFL and he’s hopped the pistol for me for $25 plus the Priority mail fee. But do check USPS, I seem to remember you can ship a long gun, but could be wrong.
 

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Just found this at the ATF website. It appears you can shop the shotgun by mail but it has to go to an FFL in the buyer’s state.

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)(5) and 922 (a)(2)(A); 27 CFR 478.31]
 
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From my experience, length seems to have a lot more influence on the shipping cost than weight. If you were originally intending to ship it complete, you might try breaking it down and see what the price would be for a shorter package.
 

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I have a Friend who's an FFL, I provide the box and He ships it for Me for $20, join Your local Gun Club and get to know People, You will reap huge benefits.
 

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From my experience, length seems to have a lot more influence on the shipping cost than weight. If you were originally intending to ship it complete, you might try breaking it down and see what the price would be for a shorter package.
It's all about dimensions..."dimensional weight". X sized box will be billed at 20# regardless of there being 1 or 20# in the box. X sized box will be billed at 30# regardless of there being 1# or 30# in the box.
 

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If you ship it yourself, it's almost required to go 2nd day air (handguns are.) FFL's can ship it UPS or Fedex, ground shipping. It usually runs us about 30 bucks shipping, and we charge 25 for the service. Also, I I believe Bud's has a "ship my gun" service where they pick it up and ship it to an FFL very inexpensively.
 

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I sold an Ithaca 22 Saddle Gun, boxed it up and took it to the post office to send to the FFL of the buyer. The clerk questioned me, I showed him the regs, he looked it up and verified and for 22 bucks or so it was off to NM.

The clerk then knew that long guns are OK...handguns can go 2nd day USPS but only shipped by an FFL.

https://www.atf.gov/firearms/qa/may-nonlicensee-ship-firearm-through-us-postal-service
USPS priority can be used for FFL to FFL transfers. The ATF said they won't prosecute if you ship a pistol in a flat rate 3 day box.
 

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USPS priority can be used for FFL to FFL transfers. The ATF said they won't prosecute if you ship a pistol in a flat rate 3 day box.

For a non-licensee? Meaning person not an FFL?
 

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I sold a shotgun to another member here on the classified section a few years ago. I mailed it from the local post office to his FFL myself. I did have his FFL provide me a copy of his license as proof to the post office of it's destination.

The regulations are pretty well spelled out on line if you google search shipping a shotgun via USPS. I do remember that it had to be double boxed. Breaking down the shotgun does allow for easier packaging and locating two boxes that will work.

However don't tape the box closed before going to the post office as the post master has the right to inspect and make sure that the shot gun is unloaded and properly packaged. I mailed Priority Mail which gave me tracking, insurance, and 2 day delivery service.

I also printed out the postal rules/regulations taking them along to the post office so that if questioned I could show that I had done my due diligence before coming in.

As a side note, do remember that the Post Office is a Federal Gun Free Zone, be sure to leave any other fire arms at home.
 

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I sold a shotgun to another member here on the classified section a few years ago. I mailed it from the local post office to his FFL myself. I did have his FFL provide me a copy of his license as proof to the post office of it's destination.

The regulations are pretty well spelled out on line if you google search shipping a shotgun via USPS. I do remember that it had to be double boxed. Breaking down the shotgun does allow for easier packaging and locating two boxes that will work.

However don't tape the box closed before going to the post office as the post master has the right to inspect and make sure that the shot gun is unloaded and properly packaged. I mailed Priority Mail which gave me tracking, insurance, and 2 day delivery service.

I also printed out the postal rules/regulations taking them along to the post office so that if questioned I could show that I had done my due diligence before coming in.

As a side note, do remember that the Post Office is a Federal Gun Free Zone, be sure to leave any other fire arms at home.
The fact that it is a gun free zone is why the local post office told me it had to be completely packaged and taped before entering the property. If it was brought in an open box, it would be illegal concealed carry. Right or not, the post master can always cut your tape. One of the advantages of Priority mail is that USPS provides the tape as part of the postage fee.
 

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No. USPS Priority mail for handguns is only available for FFL to FFL shipments.

That's what I thought. I sent two back to Taurus on my dime last year and asked my gun range/FFL to send each on two separate shipments. Pretty sure he used regular post, insured and receipt requested and charged me under 30 bucks for each.
 

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I shipped a shotgun from Montana to an FFL in Connecticut using UPS. Cost was in the neighborhood of $65 as I recall, most of that for insurance.
 

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I sent my HiPoint Carbine to the factory for some of Moms love and attention. Sent it UPS Ground, cost me $18 & change...
They sent it directly back to me at my home, nonFFL address...
 
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