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I'm about to send off my AR for a paint job. The "lots of bubble wrap, cardboard, and shipping tape" seems just a bit more ghetto than me; probably gets the job done, but the goal is discretion, right? I don't have a rifle case, and I'm thinking the rifle will probably need to be broken down (upper from lower).
Bubble wrap and cardboard will only defend from bumps and bangs. Wally's World, Gander Mountain, Dick's, etc. have some rather inexpensive cases that may be worth considering. Theses are by no means the equal of a Hardigg case but will protect far better than a "ghetto" wrap. Stick this type of case in a cardboard shipping box and you should be good to go.
EDIT: This particular example is $35.
I agree. A cheap plastic case is worth much more than you pay for it when you are shipping an expensive piece of machinery through the mail. I usually put my rifles in one of these cases, and then either try to find a box to fit, or just get some cardboard and wrap it around the case. Duct tape won't work if you're shipping UPS, it's ok through USPS, though. I don't know about fedex. Obviously, don't indicate on the package that it's a rifle, and insure it well. So far this has worked out for me.
Last time I tried shipping my AR via UPS it was a major PITA. I recommend USPS priority.
As for packing, I've shipped my AR and 870 in a cardboard box with plenty of bubble wrap and packing paper along with reinforced packing tape on the box. I did break down the upper & lower.
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