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Old 10-25-2013, 09:31 PM   #1
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Default Ruger reintroduces the Red Label shotgun.

I have a 1998 model and love mine.

http://ruger.com/products/redLabel/index.html

Back and better than ever, the NEW RugerŪ Red Label over-and-under shotgun represents American gunmaking at its finest. Known for years as a top choice of American hunters and clay shooters for its world-renowned rugged construction and handsome American styling - the Red Label returns. Newly redesigned, the shotgun now features refined inner workings, a new center of gravity and reduced recoil, making it lively in the hand and even more pleasurable to shoot. These improvements make the new Red Label shotgun the perfect choice for hunting upland game, waterfowling, sporting clays, skeet or even just informal clay target shooting with family. Built by American workers in American factories, the RugerŪ Red Label shotgun is another 100% American-made product from Ruger.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #2
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i kind of liked the Ruger Red Label shotguns. they had a nice balance to them. they were also a very nice looking shotgun. nice to hear they are coming back.

i wonder why they discontinued them in the first place?
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The first ones had lots of problems. Let's hope they fixed them this time around.
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Beats me. It was (and is again?) the only US manufacturer of doubles. Best guess, they could not compete head to head with Browning without raising prices, and saw no point in subcontracting the Turks and the Brazilians. Funny thing, they were instantly recognizable for the slab side receivers with no engraving. It looked no-nonsense good. All imports had pheasants or duckies on them.
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I don't think the Ruger red label shotguns were ever embraced by shooters. Personally, I have never seen a red label shotgun in the field. The red label has to become popular enough that most people have shot one before they will be a big seller. I know some people buy guns to be the first to have a certain gun or they have seen it in a movie. But most people can't afford to be first. They buy guns that have been in production for years that they have shot several times. Most of the time when I buy a new gun I borrow one from a friend for a couple weeks before I go buy the gun.

I just looked at the spec sheet for the new red label. They are all 12 ga shotguns. They are building a $1400 gun in only one gauge. I don't think the management at browning has even noticed the red label.

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I would be very interested in trying one out. Its a bit out of my range budget-wise but I have always wanted an over-under and I do love Ruger.
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I have one and can say it is a good shotgun. Mine was made in 1998 and still is tight. I like the fact that it is the only USA made over under. They will be coming out with a 20 gauge later this year.

If they make a trap model I will be selling my Browning BT-99 for one of these.
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I got the email about it earlier, I will probably start saving up for one soon. I might be able to save up enough by the end of winter.
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I loved my 20 gauge when I had it. The wood was really nice and I did take it hunting.
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I know somebody that will just have to have one....
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