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Old 03-04-2013, 10:54 AM
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Ok all, It looks like my family and I will be moving out of California. I have a safe that is "full" of guns (more than just a couple). I don't have enough cases to individually case each and every gun. What is the best way to move a safe fairly full of guns. do you buy a bunch of cases or gun socks or just use old sheets and blankets? Basically looking for suggestions on how to move to somewhere in the middle of the country and keep my firearms (both long and pistols, centerfire and rimfire) from becoming all banged up in the process.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:53 AM
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Use blankets and pad them well. You can also buy some bubble wrap, that will do a good job for cheap.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:12 PM
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If moving them within the safe, wrap each in blankets and make sure there is no slack space for them to bump around.

Congrats on escaping. Are you using professional movers? Check their policies on firearms. When I moved from CA to MI our moving company did not want to transport guns. When I moved from VA to CA (different moving company) they had no problems moving guns. Neither move allowed me to bring ammo in the shipment.

Also, are you moving via a corporate relocation? You may have room to bargain the relocation package. I was unwilling to sell/give up all the ammo I had in CA so I was able to work up another solution with my management. They let me rent an RV and drive my family, guns and ammo from CA to MI. The rest of our stuff was shipped via the moving company. The trip turned into a nice mini-vacation that allowed my kids to make a softer transition for a cross-country move.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:44 PM
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I like the idea of moving your own guns. You could buy or build a box made of plywood and put a locking hasp on it. Put all your guns in there with padding and lock it. It would be a locked container in the eyes of Comnifornia. Let the movers handle the heavy, empty safe.

I would not trust my firearms to anyone else. A safe could be replaced and maybe even covered under some sort of insurance, but some of my firearms can not be replaced due to age or sentimental aspects. They aren't worth a lot of money, but they have great value to me.
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Old 03-04-2013, 1:05 PM
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I just my order of some of these...
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Old 03-04-2013, 6:57 PM
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I've thought about the same thing. Wondered about getting a $200 job box like Rigid from Home Depot. Wrap each rifle/shotgun in a blanket and thick bubble wrap. Put them in the job box with blankets and other padding. The job box would go in the covered bed of the pickup. Everything else gets shipped.

That way there's no issue with movers taking possession of your guns, and they stay with you. Pretty invisible in the shell of the pickup, locked up.
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Old 03-04-2013, 7:44 PM
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I thought I was going to be moved by your questions, emotionally.

Buy cases. Put more than one in a case. Move with cases.


Buy or build one case/box. Move with case/box.


Don't do anything. Move anyway.

I don't feel moved.

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