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Winchester Safe from Tractor Supply?

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by Paleus, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Nov 23, 2013 at 8:10 AM
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    Does anyone have any experience with the Winchester safes at TSC?
    Particularly this one: Winchester 24-Gun Safe

    I'm thinking about picking one up on Black Friday. I found a sale paper saying it will be $550. The specs look decent. I'm not trying to protect my life savings, just a few guns and some important documents from fire and theft.
     
  2. Nov 23, 2013 at 8:17 AM
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    Some stuff here and there....
    Seems like a good deal. I sell the stack on brand (which i am not very happy with in quality) and its 950. I would do it.
     
  3. Nov 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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    Have you done any research for other safes? Price comparisons?
    What kind of warranty does it have?
    Do you really want an electronic keypad?

    http://www.accurateshooter.com/technical-articles/electronic-vs-dial-locks-on-gunsafes/

    Not trying to scare you out of a purchase, but when you're spending that much money on a safe that's going to protect your $$ investment that you'll want it to last for years & years (and be big enough to buy more guns).

    When we bought our safe, we stayed away from the electronic keypads and spent more money for a overall better unit that will last until after I'm dead and gone.
     
  4. Nov 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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    I've been researching for a couple of weeks. I think it is a lifetime warranty on the safe, 1 year on the keypad. I do want an electronic keypad for the convenience. Most other safes this size are over $1000. I know it is a cheap one and not the best and I don't have any unrealistic expectations for it, but it seems like a pretty good deal for the money. I was just curious if anyone here has any first hand experience with this safe. I am fairly certain I will buy it. I think it will suit my needs well.
     
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    i dont like safes that use sheetrock as the fire layer. i think this one is muddying the water by calling it fireboard. sounds like sheet rock to me.

    it looks fine. should keep the regular meth head out of your safe. but if that is sheetrock, dont expect much fire protection.
     
  6. Nov 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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    Check the build!
    I agree. I think fire/water protection is just as important as idiot protection. I'd rather be safe than sorry when it comes to protecting my guns...no pun intended. Look into Sentry Safes; they're top of the line
     
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    Can you post a link to said Sentry Safe gun safes?
     
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    Check the build!
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    I got a Sturdy safe for just a tad more money.
     
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    Gardall, hands down.
     
  11. Nov 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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    I only found 1 safe that holds just a couple long guns, with no fire protection. Their "Extra-large" Safes could only hold a few handguns. Click guns and then fire protection and there are no results.

    Those look nice, but one of comparable size is 3 times the price of the Winchester.
     
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  12. Nov 26, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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    When we did our research, we ended up with a Liberty Franklin 35. It's absolutely a beautiful piece of art/furniture. :D
    http://www.libertysafe.com/safe-franklin-safes-ps-6.html

    Overall we were happier with the construction, fire rating, locking mechanisms, features, & warranty.
    Expensive - yes. This will will outlast my generation and maybe the next!

    It's heavy as Sheeeeee-ott empty - weighs close to 800lbs!!!
     
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    The specs of the Franklin and this Winchester actually seem pretty similar:

    Winchester:
    Fire Resistant to 30 minutes @ 1,400° F
    Palusol® door seal
    2 layers of 1/2 in. fireboard in body
    4-way active bolt work
    Twelve 1-1/4 in. dia. locking bolts
    Steel thickness: 12 ga.
    Door panel organizer
    507lbs
    $550

    Franklin:
    Certified fire protection of 60 minutes @ 1200 F
    Palusol™ Heat Activated door seal up to 7 times it size to help seal out heat and smoke.
    3 layers of 5/8" fireboard in ceiling, doorjambs and door, plus 2 layers in all walls
    3-way bolt work
    Larger bolts, now 1.25"
    Steel thickness: 11 ga.
    Door panel organizer
    660lbs for 25 gun model
    $1,839
     
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    i have that winchester safe. i like it but now ive had it a few years it kills the batteries kinda fast and i dont know why so i just pull the battery out until its time to open it
     
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    Check out C.E. Safes out of Florida. CESafes.com. Very informative video on the web site on purchasing a gun safe. What to look for etc. I have no affiliation with them. Just good info.
     
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    It may look similar to you on paper... but once you actually LOOK & FEEL the safes in person, you'll see the differences and you'll know what you like or don't like and what you want or don't want.

    We went to a variety of dealers and looked at many different safes in person. When you're spending THAT much money on anything....you need to see it in person.

    We actually have the Franklin 35 which is a little bigger and weights 785lbs.

    And...there's no way we'd get an electronic keypad. We've heard too many headaches about them AND needing to drill into the safe to replace it. No Thanks.... It's dial all the way....(and we have a key as well)
     
  17. Nov 27, 2013 at 4:34 AM
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    Nah
     
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    The Winchester safe is pretty good for the money.
    I bought a Cannon just like it and the Winchester has external hinges, which are really nice and more secure.
    If I were to buy one today, I'd get a 72" high safe.
    My fishing rods and longer shotguns don't fit into the 59" safes so well.
    No need to buy a status brand....they won't keep a determined thief out.
     
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