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Ruger Red Label Hunting Gear Misc

Hunting Gear Misc Manufacturer: Ruger
Ruger Model: Red Label
Review Category: Hunting Gear Misc

Purchase: Hunting Gear Misc This has been my fantasy shotgun for twenty years. I've shouldered every make and model of O/U shotgun I could find, and the Ruger has always stood out. As soon as you pick up a shotgun, you know whether it "fits" or not. For me, the Red Label "fits". In 1978, I bought a N.I.B. Colt AR15 SP1, complete with the Colt scope, for $275. I used it some, but not much, and it's been sitting in my safe for the last twenty six years. I casually mentioned that I had one while in a local gun store, and some guy wanted to buy it. I thought about it for a while and decided - why not. I'll sell it and get something I can use. We negotiated, and the AR went for $1200. Almost trembling, I ordered the Red Label for, you guessed it, $1200. My total out of pocket cost - $32.80. My wife is very pleased.

Things I like about the Ruger Red Label Hunting Gear Misc: It comes with five Briley choke tubes, full, modified, improved, two skeet tubes, and the excellent Briley wrench. It shoulders perfectly for me, and I like the wide, bead blasted rib and single bead. Recoil is noticible, as with any double gun, but the pad is soft and takes the edge off, at least untill you start loading those 3" duck loads. But when you're duck hunting, who is thinking about recoil? Not me.

What I don't like about the Ruger Red Label: So far, I haven't found anything that I don't like. Functioning has been perfect, as I've come to expect from anything with the Ruger name on it. Everything is as perfect as twenty years of anticipation could make it.

Hunting Gear Misc Red Label quality: The fit and finsh are superb, and the wood is straight grained, but beautiful, at least to me. The receiver is brushed stainless steel, giving it a satin sheen in the sunlight that I like very much. The action is a little stiff, but I'm sure it will ease up in time. I've read some negative comments about this gun in the past, mostly that the forend piece comes from the factory not fitted properly, causing it to move and rattle. I do not have this problem with my gun.

Red Label summary: The Red Label has lived up to all of my expectaions. It's as beautiful as it is functional, and I expect to be enjoying it in the field and on the range for my lifetime, and then pass it on to my hunting partner, my thirteen year old daughter. It's beauty is the subtle, elegant kind, unlike the O/U shotguns I've seen at our local trap and skeet club that cost as much as our house. Funny thing about that, all that engraving and gold inlay doesn't seem to make those guys shoot any better.

Rating for this Ruger product: 5

Author of this review on Ruger Hunting Gear Misc: DaddyWPB

Date: 2004-11-21

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