Rifle shipping boxes are sold in many different sizes. They will normally measure 41 – 50 inches long. Base dimensions Before you make a purchase for some, we recommend that you get an accurate measurement of dimensions for the rifles which you are planning to send out. That way, you can order the correct sizes.
In general, however, you will often find that 41.5 x 9.25 x 3.5 inch boxes work quite well for short, close quarters rifles. These will cost around $4.00 – $6.00 per unit.
50 x 9.25 x 3.5, as well as 52 x 8 x 4 inch boxes are able to fit the majority of long rifles. You can expect to pay about $4.00 – $7.00 each box.
If you are shipping an old style muzzle loader rifle such as a musket, which tend to be very long, you may need a specialty box measuring 56.75 x 10.5 x 5.25 inches. Boxes of this size will typically be priced at $6.00 each.
There are two primary styles of rifle shipping boxes. The folder tab lock style, illustrated below. is perhaps the most popular.
This type of box opens up from the long side and the firearm is inserted by laying it flat. The box is secured closed by lowering the flap and inserting the tabs into the slots located at the bottom, Many customers prefer this type of shipper for their ease of use. They fold together in seconds without the need for tape or adhesives. Furthermore, the wider opening allows the user to better configure the placement of the rifle, as well any cushion and suspension that you may be using.
You also have the option of using side loading models, such as the following, in which the rifle is slid in from the shorter side.
These are traditional RSC, albeit long shipping boxes, with four flaps on both ends. For the best protection we do, however, recommend that you use models that uses full overlap flaps rather than flaps that only meet at the center. This will offer better security for your parcel as you can place adhesive as well as tape to seal the box.
A rifle, being an instrument of precision, if damaged while its being sent to its destination, can be rendered unusable and even dangerous to the user. That is why we suggest you use a box that has a heavier gauge than an industry standard box to fully protect all mechanisms and preserve the overall craftsmanship of the rifle. That is, you want to use a box with a strength rating no less than 275 lb. / 48 ECT. A box this strong will provide superior stacking strength, as well as bursting and pierce resistance. It will be able to withstand 275 pounds of pressure along the side walls as well as 48 pounds along the top and bottom edges. This is significantly stronger than basic 200 lb / 32 ECT test boxes.
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