Since we are talking about shipping, I thought I would share what i learned on a recent shipment. I sent a rather expensive new gun back to the factory for warranty work and I took it to one of the shipment centers for UPS shipment and the clerk told me of many horror stories related to shipping of gun and other items of high value. The clerk was looking out for me and asked to open my package to see if I had it package correctly. It was in a long long narrow carboard box that you would expect a gun to be shipped in and I had the gun wrapped in bubble wrap and a little bit of crushed up newspaper at the ends to take up slack between the gun, bubble wrap and the end of the box. The newspaper was the first problem he ponited out. He said that if it would have been damaged the first thing that the shipper would have found as an excuse is that newspaper is not an approved shipping material and they are off of the hook, even though I had plenty of "approved bubble wrap" around the firearm. I didn't do this but he reminded me to never write anything on the box to identify it as a firearm, even in the address he said if possible try not to put words that remington, winchester or other names that gives someone a clue that it is a firearm. He went on to tell me that if it was stolen, good luck on getting much more than $200. on the item regardless of what it was insured for and that as with any company there are always people trying to steal stuff and guns are a popular item to seek. He said all the tracking info is fine and people do get caught sometimes, but you may go through a lot of headache getting your valuable reimbursed or back. He was an older gentleman that has been doing shipping for a long time and heard a lot of the horror stories and i feel he was honestly looking out for me. He said about all you can do to protect yourself is use "approved" shipping materials and hope for the best. My package made it there and back fine,but I was puckered up for a couple weeks over it.
I'm interested if anyone has a story they can share regarding a shipment gone bad.