View Full Version : Help me decide on which safe - Bighorn 19ECB vs. Winchester TS-22

06-18-2012, 7:14 PM
They're both made overseas and they look exactly the same.

Costco has the Bighorn 19ECB for $569 delivered.
Tractor Supply has the Winchester TS22 for $599, need to rent a trailer to haul home. This is about at the limit of my budget.

I looked at the TS22 safe tonight and it looks better than a Bighorn (from the photos on the Costco website). The stickers on the inside of the Winchester look like the stickers on the Bighorn.

They both have these in common

UL-rated RSC
DOJ rated
Lifetime warranty
Drilled for dehumidifier
12 ga steel
4-way bolts
Made in China

Bighorn 19ECB - $569

10 door bolts - 1"
407 lbs
1200/30 Minutes
59 x 28 x 20
19 cu ft.
2 mounting bolt holes
3 spoke handle

Winchester TS22 - $599

12 door bolts - 1.25" diameter
507 lbs
1400/30 Minutes
59 x 30 x 22
22 cu ft.
4 mounting bolt holes
Door organizer
5 spoke handle

With this list, at least on paper, the Winchester looks like a much better buy! Why would anybody buy the Costco one (aside from free delivery)?

06-18-2012, 7:34 PM
I did not pick up that Winchester after reading some bad reviews. It's also made in China.

06-18-2012, 7:51 PM
The Bighorn and Winchester are both made in China.

Any specific reviews you're referencing?

06-18-2012, 10:38 PM
There's a safe forum - further down the page than many people look.


06-19-2012, 9:22 AM
On paper, as you said, the Winchester looks better. I have been looking at it whenever I go to TSC, but I have never seen the big horn in person. It seems the Winchester is larger as well, which is a plus.

I am curious to see bad reviews? I haven't seen any yet.

Also TheBest, I see you are in Sonoma County. I may be able to help you avoid renting a trailer. I have a flat bed 16 footer, and my grandfather has an F350 that I tow it with. His F350 also has a lift gate, and it may just fit in the truck.

06-19-2012, 10:21 AM
Ya, SR. I was at the TSC last night. I'm going to move houses, if I can find one fairly soon, so it may be a few months off before I purchase.

Thanks for the offer, but I think I'm going to tackle this one on my own, operational security, after all, it is a safe with expensive stuff.

Even if the "sale" price of $599 goes away, I'm sure I can haggle them back down.

06-19-2012, 1:19 PM
I can understand the concern, I didn't really think about it.

In another thread, I mentioned the TSC in Petaluma had a Winchester with a dial lock on it that was marked at $579 and the guy offered to take $50 off if I took it that day. Might be worth looking into. Or at least some hope that they will negotiate a bit.

06-19-2012, 1:23 PM
I do like the electronics after reading the procedure on how to use a mechanical one...