New Red Label

Discussion in 'Sturm, Ruger & Company' started by daddywpb, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. daddywpb

    daddywpb Member

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    I have just aquired one of my personal "fantasy guns" - a 12 gauge Red Label. In 1978, I bought an AR15 SP1 NIB, including the Colt scope for $275. After a lot of thinking time (months), I decided to sell it and get something I could use, instead of something that had been sitting in my safe for all these years. I took the AR to a local gun store, and put it on consignment. Two days later, it sold for $1200. A couple days after that, my RL arrived. Total out of pocket cost was $32. My wife is also pleased.

    The Red Label has lived up to all my expectations, and they were as high as 20 years of drooling could make them. The wood is not real fancy, but looks great to me, and the gun fits me better than any other shotgun I own.

    I also just sold a Colt SAA on consignment that I bought in 1977. I had only used it a couple times, and it was in NIB condition. Paid $400 for the COlt when I bought it. The man who owns the gun store decided he wanted it, and in turn he ordered me a M77 MK2 in 30/06, and a Nikon Monarch 4x12x40 scope. I didn't have to spend any money on that one.

    I am fortunate enough to live in a city where there is still an old fashioned 'gun shop', complete with chairs to sit around and BS. The man and his wife who own it are very nice, and he knows what he is talking about. There aren't many places like that left in the country. They've all been pushed out by the Walmarts and Bass Pro Shops. It's nice to be able to go in there and talk about guns and shooting with someone who understands what you are saying.
     
  2. j870sm

    j870sm Well-Known Member

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    Congrats man on the RRL. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have enjoyed mine. All 3 of my RRL's have been great and I have had no trouble with any of them. I read a lot of bad about them on SHotgunworld but I disagree with all of it. Of all the O/U's I have the Rugers are the ones I hunt with simply because I can hit with them consistently. Now, I like Ruger shotguns, and revolvers but you couldn't run fast enough or beat me hard enough to make me take another Ruger rifle. I am not going down that road ever again. Ruger service has not been good, my opinion is they suck. One thing that does happen on my 12 that doesn't happen on the 20 or 28 is the forearm gets loose. I fixed that with some loc-tite back several years ago and it has not been a problem since.
     

  3. daddywpb

    daddywpb Member

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    j870sm,

    I also just got a Ruger M77 MK2 in 30/06 - both guns in one month. I traded a Colt SAA that I've had in the safe since 1978, and it didn't cost me a penny, including a Nikon Monarch 4x12x40 scope. The rifle shoots great, and my wife said that she's going to get me a Timney trigger for Christmas to go in it. Other than the horrible factory trigger pull, I don't have any complaints with it.