Looking for opinions....I have an opportunity to by a NIB Ruger Red Label 30" engraved Sporting over/under at a good price never fired 5 chokes etc. What can you guy's tell me about this gun good or bad.
Depends on price -- these are good guns -- but they are not built to hold up under a lot of target use -- I have a 20 ga. 28" tubes -- good gun -- doesn't get a lot use -- mainly because it has competion from other guns in the vault -- it was purchased as a hunting gun and I didn't buy it for shooting targets
C'mon sarge don't hold back tell me how you really feel! Same guy has a 391 Urika sporting .12ga new for $1195.00 same price as Ruger. So you are all agreement that the Ruger won't hold up to any amount of target shooting.
I had a sporting clays red label, that I used for doubles. The sporting clays model has special lightened barrels and the whole gun is pretty light. It was kind of punishing for a 100 bird day. The stock was great for hunting quail, but really didn't fit me too well for the trap line. You would be better served with a gun designed more for trap. Good Luck
The Red Label is far from an ideal trap gun, although that is what my son uses quite effectively.
Although not re-buildable like many other brands, they have very good longevity. The first one I shot had 50,000 rounds through it by a friend that shot clays and hunted with it. There had been no breakdowns to that date and it was still locked up quite well.
My 26" is still the most natural swinging gun I have ever handled for hunting.
I have one of the early Red Labels (blued receiver) bored skeet/skeet, and that's mostly how it has been used. It now has about 75,000 rounds through it. Zero problems, but if you need it, there's Ruger's excellent reputation for service. Can't say the same (reliability or service) for some of the Citoris that have passed through my hands. It may be true that Rugers are not rebuildable as far as the trunions go, but they can certainly be rebolted. Maybe I'm a tough guy, but I've never been aware that recoil was a problem.
Ok Stims, notice that the guys that don't own one are the first to say they suck and the guys who do have one love them! Personally, I really like mine and my 17 yr old daughter and I just shot some clays Sunday afternoon. She thinks my Red Label kicks way less than my Model 12.
Note, 17 year old girl likes to shoot 12 ga Ruger. Old farts think they kick too much
For those naysayers out there, I have owned a Red Label. It was my first gun, as far as target shooting goes. It was a 30" sporting model. The gun kicked like crazy, but I delt with it not knowing any better at the time. My cheek would be bruised and shoulder sore at the end of the day. I put up with this until it started oozing a redish colored liquid from where the monoblock and the barrels were swedged together. This only happend when the barrels got warm. I unloaded that gun and bought a SKB combo of some sort.
Would I own another Red Label, yes, but only in a subguage.
I'm going to guess you were asking about the SBT trigger. It is adustable by simply turning a screw from about 2.5 pounds up to 7 pounds. I don't notice the trigger very much when shooting a shotgun, I think mine is set at about 4 pounds.
I owned a Red Label Sporting, 30" barrels. I didn't have a good experience with it. It is very light and thus recoil was uncomfortable. After only 200 rounds the trigger mechanism went bad, would fire the top barrel with the selector set on the bottom barrel. I sent it to Ruger and they fixed it. I sold it when I got it back. I recall others on this site saying they had experienced the same problem. I had mine 10 years ago so they probably fixed the problem by now. I have a friend who shoots a 28" field model and has never had a proble with it.