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#6538382 - 11/10/16 08:26 PM Gun safe - best bang for the buck
Gatorpoint Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 491
Loc: Nacogdoches, TX
Looking for a good gun safe. What's everyone's concensus? Obviously fire rating, thickness and locking bolts and other factors go into safe selection. Just looking for a good all around brand. I have insurance on my firearms but just want a nice one for piece of mind. Keep honest folks honest if that situation happens and some protection in case of a fire. Thanks

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#6538608 - 11/11/16 12:40 AM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
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Light Foot

Registered: 08/17/12
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#6538699 - 11/11/16 06:39 AM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
TEXASLEFTY Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/26/07
Posts: 7353
Loc: The Island Cres
Unless you want to spend as much as a typical new car. Here is number one and two after that they are all pretty close in quality.

http://m.sportsmansteelsafes.com

http://www.ftknox.com/

Sportsman will build deliver and install at a reasonable price and you can call them and talk to the owner. The Fort Knox franchisee for Dallas is also very helpful and not hard to get a hold of....

If you want a less expensive one, all the box stores should have deep discounts for Black Friday.

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#6540089 - 11/12/16 07:19 AM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
Swimmer Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/16/13
Posts: 48
Loc: Evergreen, TX
Look up Sturdy Safe. IMO, best you can buy for the money. Received mine a few months ago.

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#6540215 - 11/12/16 09:12 AM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
White Falcon Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 10/11/09
Posts: 1439
Loc: Holly Lake Ranch Tx.
Get one bigger than you think. It will fill up fast!

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#6540543 - 11/12/16 03:34 PM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
TxHunter80 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 358
I bought a Champion from Lone Star in Houston and have been very happy with it. I was going to spend a good bit more but went middle of the road after a lengthy discussion with the salesman due to an upgraded alarm system, dogs, and living near city services. All somewhat lesson the need for an actual "safe". If I could offer any advice, it would be to look at the thickness of the sides. Watch some youtube videos of how easy they are to get into. Most RSC's have adequate protection in the doors but the sides and top are typically thin.

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#6540950 - 11/12/16 09:39 PM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: TxHunter80]
Lone Ranger Offline
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Registered: 09/17/04
Posts: 1335
Loc: Irving, Texas
Winchester Silverado is an excellent safe at a very good price.

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#6541019 - 11/12/16 11:03 PM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
Gatorpoint Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 491
Loc: Nacogdoches, TX
Thanks for the info!! Does anyone have any good/bad info on browning safes?

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#6541235 - 11/13/16 09:14 AM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
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Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 5607
Loc: The colony
Always buy about double what you need. For instance a 10 gun safe isn't gonna fit 10 very easily. Doable maybe but not likely with anything scoped. Fire rating was a huge deciding factor for me. As well as locking. Not gonna make brand recommendations but there are several out there that to me look like the same company with a different logo on the door.

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#6541341 - 11/13/16 11:14 AM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
Aggieman775 Offline
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Registered: 04/24/15
Posts: 615
Loc: Pittsburg, TX
Either the big browning or Fort Knox. Our friends browning safe survived one of the hottest house fires the fireman have ever seen.


Edited by Aggieman775 (11/13/16 11:15 AM)
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#6546553 - 11/16/16 01:57 PM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Swimmer]
TX0303 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/08/16
Posts: 106
Originally Posted By: Swimmer
Look up Sturdy Safe. IMO, best you can buy for the money. Received mine a few months ago.


This is you want to keep out real criminals and more than "some" protection from fire.

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#6547944 - 11/17/16 12:50 PM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
John Humbert Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
Posts: 1666
My $0.02 ... if you can find the safe you want with a NON-ELECTRONIC lock, get it. While most of them are pretty reliable, I have heard way too many horror stories of electronic locks failing and keeping you from your guns, causing a great deal of aggravation and cost to resolve it.

In one case, right here on THF, a guy had his electronic safe fail right before hunting season - didn't get it resolved until after season was over. Boy, I could feel his pain as the saga unfolded week after week. It was that one story that made me never get an electronic lock.

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#6547949 - 11/17/16 12:53 PM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: jhenderson]
John Humbert Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
Posts: 1666
Originally Posted By: jhenderson
Always buy about double what you need. For instance a 10 gun safe isn't gonna fit 10 very easily. Doable maybe but not likely with anything scoped. Fire rating was a huge deciding factor for me. As well as locking. Not gonna make brand recommendations but there are several out there that to me look like the same company with a different logo on the door.


This is true - I have a 16 gun safe, and for the life of me I can't see how they could get 16 guns in there unless you have them crammed in there banging up against each other. My 16 gun safe stores about 10 comfortably.

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#6550533 - 11/19/16 11:17 AM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
Gumbeaux Offline
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Registered: 09/11/09
Posts: 2812
Loc: Georgetown
I'm about to buy a bigger one. I have a Liberty now and it's been great. Thinking about a Browning this time because I like the ability to store long guns on the door. Seems like it would save a ton of space and make it easy to get to the guns you use often.
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#6556267 - 11/23/16 04:24 PM Re: Gun safe - best bang for the buck [Re: Gatorpoint]
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Woodsman

Registered: 04/19/16
Posts: 121
Loc: San Angelo, TX
Get the Canon 64 BLACK FRIDAY DEAL!!! THAT IS A STEAL in my opinion!!!
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