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Old 10-13-2016, 11:18 AM
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Default Need suggestions on how to store guns for move in safe

I will be moving cross country in December or January. I will not be able to fit my long guns in my car and have decided to ship them with my other belongings in my safe. I'm looking on suggestions on the best way to store them in the safe so they don't get damaged. Most of my cases are hard and wouldn't fit inside. I was thinking of bubble-wrapping them? I am using rifle rods currently but doubt they would keep the rifles stationary in the move.

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Old 10-13-2016, 11:20 AM
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Bubble wrap would work. I'd put them in a http://www.borestores.com first though.
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:23 AM
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^ Yup, I would wrap each tightly, then pack the spaces between them so nothing can move around.
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:26 AM
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^ Yup, I would wrap each tightly, then pack the spaces between them so nothing can move around.
Good idea and maybe tape the bunch together after bubble wrapping them.
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:35 AM
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I have some silicone socks. Would that work in place of purchasing the bore store soft cases?

Taping them together after bubble wrapping them is a fantastic idea. Not sure what I should pack the spaces with...newspaper maybe?
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:39 AM
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Bore stores or big towels from Costco. Then tape two or three together. Lots of bubble wrap as filler.
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Old 10-13-2016, 11:41 AM
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Wrap in bubble wrap then sandwich in cardboard. The muzzle and pointy bits will puncture bubble wrap as it moves. Or sandwich in cardboard the bubble wrap.
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Old 10-13-2016, 12:49 PM
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Wonderful thank you!
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Bubble wrap, blankets, pillows, towels, whatever ya got.
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Expansion foam . Fill safe done . I'm sure bubble wrap will be fine .
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I have some silicone socks. Would that work in place of purchasing the bore store soft cases?

Taping them together after bubble wrapping them is a fantastic idea. Not sure what I should pack the spaces with...newspaper maybe?

Just lay the safe on its back, fill 1/3 of the way with styrofoam peanuts, put the rifles in the safe, and fill the remainder of the open space with more peanuts. Sit on the door, if needed, to get it locked up.

Then, video the opening of the safe when you get where you're going, and post to CalGuns.
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Toss in a bunch of those moisture absorption packs, or buy a big vat and make your own. Probably not a huge deal for the short period of time, but ....
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When I moved here from Texas, I had most of my rifles wrapped in towels inside of my crappy little Sentry Safe gun cabinet. Those towels worked great but bubble wrap and cardboard would probably be better if you plan on driving like a maniac or anything like that.
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Check if the moving company will move a safe, some will not. Also some will require the safe to be empty. I just found out about this myself.
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If you find you can't transport your safe packed, rent a Uhaul trailer and transport them yourself.


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I would avoid bubble wrap or any other type of plastic as it does not breath and may cause your firearms to rust. Maybe buy some gunsock and put each firearm in a sock then head to goodwill and buy some blankets and then wrap them all up in the blankets and stuf them in safe that way.
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I will be moving cross country in December or January. I will not be able to fit my long guns in my car and have decided to ship them with my other belongings in my safe. I'm looking on suggestions on the best way to store them in the safe so they don't get damaged. Most of my cases are hard and wouldn't fit inside. I was thinking of bubble-wrapping them? I am using rifle rods currently but doubt they would keep the rifles stationary in the move.

Thanks in advance for your help!
How heavy is your safe? My safe is almost 1,000 lbs and I wouldn't want to try and move it when it's full!!! Moving company may require it to be empty.
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Definitely check with the moving company for their regulations for moving a safe with guns inside. Have heard of a few instances where the company will want you to open the safe so the serial numbers can be logged for your and their safety so you can't come back and say they stole them in transit, or the like. So prewrapping them may be out of the question. But as always it is always best to check with them first and save you a hassle.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:49 AM
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Very much appreciate all the suggestions.

As to the moving company, I had a gentleman from my local United branch out to do a "site survey". He said that they would indeed ship the safe and I told him that I intended to lock my long guns inside. He told me that wouldn't be a problem.

From reading a bit more, I think that 97F1504RAD might be right about the bubble wrap not being able to breathe. Perhaps going with the towel and cardboard idea would be better.
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:06 AM
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I would wrap them in towels blankets elect you have move that stuff also.
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Old 10-15-2016, 11:50 AM
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When I asked the guy about ammo, he laughed. "Nope we can't move that for you". So my trunk will be stuffed with a good amount of:

5.45x39
7.62x39
9mm
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Come to think of it, might not be a bad idea to sell some off before trip.
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Expansion foam . Fill safe done . I'm sure bubble wrap will be fine .
Haha I was thinking the same thing
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i'm more on the paranoid side when it comes to my collection. i would personally somehow transport the firearms with me at all time.

Make sure what mover's liabilities are. or maybe get additional insurance. they now know you have treasures in that safe, you just never know. what happens if all of sudden it disappear when the truck arrive and everyone acts dumb and tells you to make a claim. these days i try to do everything under MY CONTROL.

best travels and move.
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Bubble Wrap and Fill the Safe with Blankets to keep them from Moving Around...
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When I moved I just bought a bunch of cheap rifle cases on eBay, found some double cases for $15 each. I considered the safe and wrapping the guns up but it was going to be too heavy and made me too nervous. Also as others have said check with the moving company, between family and myself we quoted three major moving companies and all stated that they will not move guns or large safes.
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