Bozeman Trail Arms, Mfg.
First of all, you've made the decision to ship, that's the most important factor. I am a licensed FFL holder and it's legal for you to ship me any of your guns by yourself via common carrier. Now if it's an antique,1898 manufacture or older you can just use priority mail with the USPS w/ tracking number. That's cheapest. The Feds do not consider those to be guns, just hunks of metal, go figure? If it's 1899 manufactured or newer you will have to ship (handguns) via FedEx or UPS using next day shipping. That's both of their rules. For handguns please use a zippered, padded pistol rug for your gun and get a flat medium or large size box (free) from them. You want to keep it small and light, that's the goal. That's the best packing method for handguns. Simple, easy, safe, small and light. Please don't forget a note in with the gun with your contact info and a list of what you want done and PLEASE e-mail me one final time stating that your shipping the gun and I'll save that e-mail to contact you back when your turn has come.
As far as leverguns, you can ship them easier, via ground shipping, less money, but packing is much more of a pain. You're on your own with that, just small and light as possible but STURDY so the barrel's not hanging out by the time it get's here! A cheap hard case in IT'S original box works really well if you have one. You can get them (like a PLANO for example) for around $20-ish and they're "permanent" and reusable for years to boot!
Remember also, no need to send money unless it's cut and dry what you're having me do like welding a hammer and an action job. I'll just e-mail you the total after I've printed your shipping label and your work is done so you can mail me a check, money order or whatever. I still do not take credit cards, sorry.
Tom Sargis Jr.
Bozeman Trail (if you like you can leave "Arms" off the label for "security")
28 Lake Dr.
Livingston MT., 59047