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Re: CF packing - was end of a long search

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 1 February 2011, at 8:01 p.m., in response to Re: End of a long search, posted by John Gross on Tuesday, 1 February 2011, at 7:38 p.m.

I was really pleased when I saw the box, which was of new heavy cardboard, about 8" x 8" x 60", but less so when I saw there had been a (small) puncture from the hammer! The box was glued as well as taped, there being no easy/obvious point of entry.

The rifle itself was wrapped in a well-taped double sleeve of small-cell bubble-wrap. There were foam blocks at either end of the box, and void was filled (but NOT stuffed tight) with peanuts.

The gun was well enough wrapped that, even though the peanuts had shifted, the hammer was not damaged. I'm not impressed with peanuts. They WILL move around, no matter how full a box is stuffed, and a generous-sized box allows a heavy item to gain some momentum - sufficient in this case to cause the puncture.

But, I've seen (much) worse packing jobs, and only a few better. On really valuable guns, I insist on a foam-lined hardcase, with overbox. THAT is about as safe as you can get, short of picking it up yourself!

Hope that helps.


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