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Old 02-07-2021, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default Safe question...brand preference?

We moved back in June last year, and my old Winchester safe is several inches too wide to go where I want to put it in this house.
Probably going to go with two 20 or 22 wide safes to use one for paperwork & ammo, to free up a couple of shelves in the main one.

Any brand suggestions, or ones to steer clear of?

Thanks!
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Old 02-07-2021, 03:03 PM   #2
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Fire rating and locking bolt system is more important than name brand.

I’d buy the best fire rated safe you can afford https://www.amsecusa.com/fire-ratings-explained/
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Old 02-07-2021, 04:22 PM   #3
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What are the specs on your Winchester safe? I need another safe and really like my Winchester Silverado safe.


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Old 02-07-2021, 06:05 PM   #4
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Fire rating and locking bolt system is more important than name brand.

Id buy the best fire rated safe you can afford https://www.amsecusa.com/fire-ratings-explained/
I just got an AMSEC and it blows all the other safes Ive had over the last 30 years away.
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Old 02-08-2021, 09:33 PM   #5
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Amsec, Ft Knox, and Higher end Liberty are my favorite. Longer Fire rating leads to a heavier safe, the heavier the better for my liking. If you need any tips on moving them PM me, I can help you out there. There’s nothing better than feeling secure and safe when you leave your home...
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Old 02-08-2021, 10:38 PM   #6
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I got a Liberty and like it a lot. Don’t remember off top of my head but definitely their high end as I wanted a heavy one
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Old 02-08-2021, 11:14 PM   #7
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I'm a huge Heritage safe fan. I've had one for years and just just bought two more including the largest model they make. The fit and finish is outstanding and they are a real step above most of the safes I've looked at while at the SHOT Show every year.
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Old 02-09-2021, 07:04 AM   #8
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I've got a mid range liberty Franklin. Looked at Amsec as well. In the same price range they're pretty much equal IMO. Amsec has a plate steel door and liberty is composite door. Both were the same gauge body and both had similar interiors. Exterior on Liberty is a little nicer. I got a better deal on the liberty so I went with that. Neither one of them is a real safe, but either are better than a thin 14 gauge box most big retailers call a "safe". Whatever you get, bolt it down. Go graffunder if you're loaded
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Old 02-09-2021, 08:20 AM   #9
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I have a Liberty Fatboy with a combination dial and really like it. Before I decided on it, I researched fire ratings, number of bolts, etc. It was best for me in my price range.
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Old 02-09-2021, 08:23 AM   #10
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I love my AMSEC
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Old 02-09-2021, 08:25 AM   #11
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Liberty Fatboy here. I think it’s rated at 2,000 degrees for 45 minutes. But it’s a lot wider than 22”. I also installed a SafElert. Gives me automatic updates through text messages and email regarding any movement, humidity change, heat change etc. well worth the coin.
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Old 02-09-2021, 09:31 AM   #12
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I have a Rhino Metals USA series and have been pretty happy with it.
I looked at everything on the market and bought it when they ran a sale.
I didn't need the biggest or strongest or prettiest safe available for my particular situation.

A lot of safe brands you're paying for the name written on the front of the safe instead of the sticker on the side of the door.
Find one that fits your space and requirements and bolt it down.
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Old 02-09-2021, 11:09 AM   #13
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Liberty franklin. Had it a year or two and should've got a bigger one! Good safe.
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Old 02-09-2021, 11:16 AM   #14
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AMSEC B&F series....
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Old 02-09-2021, 08:19 PM   #15
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I ended up ordering a couple Steelwater safes, they have a 22” wide model that will fit perfectly where I want them to go.

Haven’t decided whether to keep the Winchester (60” h x 26”w x 20” d) or sell it...will follow up with the guys who mentioned interest here & via PMs once the new ones get here and I decide what to do with it.
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Old 02-11-2021, 03:18 PM   #16
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I went Liberty with a combo lock. At the time is was the best bang for the buck. It's big, fat, heavy, and bolted down.
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Old 02-11-2021, 05:19 PM   #17
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Quite a few suggestions. The better the quality/strength/ weight ect. etc you get the higher the price you should expect. Look at safes with at least a 1/4 shell and preferably with another liner inside that. Set a budget and go from there. Unfortunately you wont know how good a safe is until you have a burglary attempt or fire.
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Old 02-12-2021, 08:28 AM   #18
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To start, I look for an easy to use lock system and good shelves! You'd be surprised how many expensive safes try to get away with cheap particle board shelves. You stack ammo on them and they bow!

Bolt it down and it will be fine. Tweekers won't be able to get in it.... If Pro's hit it, they are getting in regardless. But that's what insurance is for.
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Old 02-12-2021, 09:17 AM   #19
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I have a Superior and have been pleased with it
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Old 02-12-2021, 09:35 AM   #20
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I have a Ft Knox and Winchester safes. The ft knox is a heavier safe and the price reflects the difference.

If i had to buy new i would go ahead and buy two Winchesters and pocket the money that one ft knock cost.
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