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Old 07-10-2019, 02:32 PM
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After shouldering one of these Ruger Red Label's back in the 90s I've wanted to own one. But, many other activities kept me out of the market. About 4 years ago I started looking in earnest again. There were a couple local opportunities, but price, non-removable chokes, and other features kept me away. Always, they just fit me, so it was tough to pass on those guns. I've been out bid multiple times on GB for what were Goldilocks examples. That is until this past Sunday. I really hope it turns out to be as nice as it was described and looked. My confidence and excitement is high.

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Old 07-10-2019, 02:48 PM
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Ruger Red Label 20 ga.

My wife bought me one for my 50th birthday, 27 years ago. It is my favorite gun. Mine has the removable chokes, but if the fixed choke barrels had been available they would have been my first choice. I have never had any problems with the removable chokes, so just my aside in the event that is what you are getting. I had an engraver put "Sweetheart" on the receiver. I hope your new gun works out well for you.
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:16 PM
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That's a beautiful story no matter the gun.

The example I bought has removable chokes too. It is a feature I really wanted to have.
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:55 PM
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Ya got me with envy!
I ended up with an Italian o/u 20, fixed that goes under 6 lbs loaded in the field but still remember the old Ruger ads that got me thinking that way. I still look over the gs tables but havent seen a live one yet, at least at an affordable price.
Btw, gotta do pics and give us the range report
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:34 PM
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Ya got me with envy!
I ended up with an Italian o/u 20, fixed that goes under 6 lbs loaded in the field but still remember the old Ruger ads that got me thinking that way. I still look over the gs tables but havent seen a live one yet, at least at an affordable price.
Btw, gotta do pics and give us the range report
I looked at the Beretta Silver Pigeons, and some Browning/Miruko Citori offerings, and some used Charles Daly Miroku examples as well. All in 20 gauge and all under $2,000. For what a paid, I probably could have bought a new Beretta or Browning. Both look to be really fine shotguns. But, in the end I really wanted that "American Made" Ruger that caught my eye and imagination all those years ago. Even if the only way it could happen was to buy used.

When it arrives I will definitely post pictures. (Those that want to sleuth can easily find the pictures) A range report will soon follow. Guaranteed.
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English grip or PG?
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:43 PM
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English grip or PG?
English.
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Enjoy your "new" Ruger. I have shot the straight gripped 20 ga rugers and they handle well. I bet you will be pleased with your purchase.
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I have a 20G Red Label 26" with PG stock that I bought about 10 years ago. It balances very nice and has enough heft to follow the clays smoothly. I shoot it better than any other shotgun that I own or have shot. You will enjoy that RL. Congratulations.
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Bradical sir my very first O/U was a Red Label and its just as nice as when I first bought it over 25 years ago:



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Every time I see a picture of one I'm a little jealous.

I should have it in my hands early next week. I have a plain modern Remington 870 in 20g. I plan to find some time and schedule some pigeons or upland fun and loan the 870 to my son. This is going to be fun.
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If I would have found the 20ga in my youth things may well have gone to gunning rather than rifle and handguns. I was 'abused' with a 12 early on (olders sayin "suck it up, son") and didnt want to play.
Once I tried a 20 it was a revelation, especially when on a real 20ga. frame rather than an overweight pig 20 on a 12ga. frame.
Tried a 410 a couple years ago but needed to be more precise than I am......
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Abused as a child on heavy recoil guns etc.

gcrank1 is also into motorcycles, another area where macho tends to try and impress the newcomer to power. Like with heavy recoil of guns. Ha Ha, big joke. Too bad, we old folks do need to preach the lesson that learning needs to be fun, not painful. I got into guns and motorcycles very early in life and do not remember being put in pain in the process.
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Yep, a half century + of gasoline and gunpowder
Been quite a ride so far and still doin both.
Life is good
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love a little RL 20 ga......





















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