What is the best way to go about shipping a muzzleloader person to person in Tennessee?I am under the impression that it can be done through Ups ground and/or FedEx .Any tips on the easiest way on going about this would be appreciated
I have used UPS several times and print the label out on my printer at home. I use ups.com and enter the dimensions and weight and pay online with credit card. That way you just drop it off at a UPS drop location.
IMO Fedex has the best insurance coverage if it gets lost or damaged.
USPS can require that the entire gun be handed over if damaged in order to be reimbursed for a cracked stock or such, and with UPS you'd be lucky to get anything at all.
UPS makes it very difficult to document the value of the item even if the driver steals the package.
This is based on personal, family and posted experiences.
First of all, I'm a retired UPS delivery driver and have just about seen it all. I still use UPS for shipping muzzle loaders. Recently I sold and shipped a longrifle to a fella in Pennsylvania. He requested 3 day service because he thought it would minimize time in transit thus minimizing the chance of damage. I said okay but looked a the standard ground as well. Not only was it considerably cheaper it was set to arrive earlier as well. We used ground and he had it in two days. My advice is not to scrimp on packaging. Make sure your rifle is well padded and absolutely will not move inside your box. If there is any play and the box makes a sudden stop on the belt I've seen the contents inside the box act like a battering ram and punch through the box end. Other than careful packing I do basically what smyrnagc does.
One thing to keep to in mind. Be sure your muzzleloader is a muzzleloader ONLY. It can't be an Encore style muzzleloader, as these types are also a rifle receiver and should go to an FFL if shipping interstate.
I normally ship stuff like this with a signature required on delivery and insured.