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rock 22

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300.00 plus shipping not looking to sell separately.
 

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CHEVYINLINE6

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I have a question about Ruger boxes. I assume shippers are the plain cardboard boxes that Ruger would use to ship a firearm or send to you to ship them a firearm. Am I correct ? If so, I have several shippers Ruger has sent me over the years to try and get me to send old model single action revolvers to them to be upgraded with transfer bars. Do they have value, or should I use them to keep warm.

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hittman

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The shippers most collectors seek are like the bottom row, 2 on the right in the first picture above. The printing on the shipper matches the end label of the box for that gun.

I think there are many of the generic unmarked brown/tan cardboard shippers floating around. I think Ruger placed the guns in the box, then the shipper, then loaded many in one box or container to be shipped to the wholesaler, WMG or somebody else here has a pic of that IIRC.
 
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Typically, when folks talk about "shippers", these are brown cardboard boxes with stamped and hand written info on the one end (like the bottom boxes in the OP's first picture) that Ruger places a firearm and the firearm holder box (think the yellow/black, red/black, red/white, newer white, gray plastic, etc. box like the middle boxes in the OP's first picture) into to protect the box and gun when they ship them out to whoever. When you ship a gun to Ruger, if/when they send you a box or when they return a repaired gun, it is typically in a generic brown cardboard box like the top box in the OP's first picture.

I am sure there are others that could/can explain even further about the shippers and their value and significance to a collector.
 
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I been selling boxes long before they ever became "fashionable/collectible/valuable" and have never sold just an "empty" shipper like they normally use these day as the info will not, does not, "fit" or go with ,what you want to put into it,,,they become just a cardboard shipping wrapper, to protect the box, packaging inside...I burned hundreds of them over the years....that being said the very early "split top" shippers are another story, and they stay with any "like gun" of that era,let the new owner of the gun worry or re-mark any info/data...........remarked makes it "wrong" and uncollectible anyway and folks who would do otherwise to me are just "unscrupulous" ( shams and cons) no need or place for "historical revisionism"....your lucky when you find a "matching" or complete 'package' as most shops back in the day simply threw out the shipping cartons, containers.............we've had to educate MANY of them over the years to try and keep the packaging but they could care less as to the collectability down the road, thats how I got started in boxes, would get them out of the trash cans at any given gun show at the local armories back in the 60's and 70s folks threw the boxes out...........:cool::rolleyes:;)
 

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