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RBL Sporting Edition by Connecticut Shotgun

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by flyfish, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. flyfish

    flyfish Member

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    Any opinions on RBL side-by-side shotguns by Connecticut Shotgun - specifically the Sporting Edition? Looking for comments on quality, balance, recoil, finish, overall value, etc. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. twotimer

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    Flyfish, a couple lf friends have RBL's and love them. I have an A-10 American made by them and am very happy with the quality and how it shoots. I know that didn't answer most of your questions, except you will get what you pay for with them. Mike
     
  3. Border Bandit

    Border Bandit Well-Known Member

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    I have not seen the sporting edition, yet; but have one of the earliest launch editions and am very pleased with it. Fit and mechanicals are excellent, although the gun came with a slight bit of cast on, and I couldn't shoot it. Tony re-stocked it (exhibition wood) at no charge, and it's a delight to carry.The replaced wood has the oil finish vs the origonal epoxy stuff which I much prefer, When the A-10 came along, I put the RBL aside, for the wonderful balance and point of the A-10 especially for pheasants & chuckers... the thing is deadly. Now, the Inverness has come & I like that best, and believe it's the best engineered and executed of the three. I had the wood off yesterday trying to disconnect the auto safety and found it to be wonderfully made. There's even a set screw to take up trigger creep. If you're thinking 20ga, by all means check out the Inverness.

    best.... mike
     
  4. dls guide

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    They are JUNK! Do not buy one. I know of a RBL sporting sxs a good friend bought last year. He shoots probably 3k to 5k per year and his gun has been back for repair 5 times. The gun is there in Conn. as we speak. They are not built for a lot of shooting. We kid him everytime he shoots it if it made it through a full round. Basically they look like a glorified SKB receiver and trigger (seriously). Also shoot with a Doctor, who has an A 10 that has been back multiple times to be fixed. Go buy a proven gun from a company that will be around for a long time and has a good track record....
     
  5. busstuf

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    I've got 12-15 flats through mine and have not had any issues at all. I never put any credence in a person who talks 3rd party about a friend that is having a problem. Most of the time they don't have the story right,at all.
    Tom Foley
     
  6. notquite27

    notquite27 TS Member

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    I have 3 RBL's in 16, 20, and 28Ga. They are wonderful guns for upland hunting and Vintager's Cup events. But a 9.5 pound SxS with an adjustable comb, screw in chokes, and a vent rib? I've shot two of them and it was a little like trying to steer a 2 x 6. The regular 12 Ga. RBL is a much livelier gun, and a good used 30" Model 21 is an even better choice in MHOP.
     
  7. dls guide

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    Busstuf, Believe what you want to, but my friends rbl sporting gun has been back to Conn. at least 4 or 5 times for repairs from Montana. It is for a fact in for repairs right now after the MT state shoot. I do know good equipment as I own Krieghoff, Perazzi, and Blaser shotguns, and shoot them in sporting clays as a master class shooter and in Trap as a AA shooter. So, I also know something about the shooting sports. I also manage a ranch here in MT with all kinds of tractors and equipment to take care of. So I think I know JUNK when I see it too. If I had $7K to spend on a shotgun the last choice would be a gun from Galizan. It is your money if you want to piss it away.
     
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