Red Label Weight


Eat Beef
January 27, 2013, 05:26 PM
Story of my life, I finally get ready to buy something and they discontinue it. So I'm shopping Red Labels. I'll mostly use it for quail, which these days means a lot of walking and very little shooting.

I decided on a 20, but I'd like to know the difference in weight. If they are pretty close I'd just as soon stick with a 12.

I couldn't find any info on Rugers website, so if someone knows what the difference between a 20 and a 12 with either 26 or 28 inch bbls is, I'd appreciate it.


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Sauer Grapes
January 27, 2013, 05:41 PM
I think Ruger stopped making them a 2 or 3 years ago. {I think} Cabelas has one for sale and lists the weight @ 7lbs 2ozs. That seems a bit heavy for a 20ga. That was also 28'' barrels.
I'm not familiar with Ruger shotguns. They may be inherently on the heavy side. If you can save a lb or so, it can make a big difference by the end of a long day.

January 27, 2013, 06:34 PM
hello eat beef,

I have owned a Red Label in 20 ga since 1999. I bought new and compared to 12 gauge, the 20, seems slimmer than the 12 gauge. l also tried the 20 gauge with barrels of 28 and 26 inch. The 28 barrel I took home, has nice heft and balance . I have never shot better than with this shotgun. There are some guys who constantly downgrade Ruger red label. Never had any issues with mine. Nor have other fellas I know with rrl


January 27, 2013, 07:21 PM
A Red label is a fine hunting gun, but I wore mine out as a target gun after about 70,000 rounds of targets. A good target gun should run close to a million rounds before major upkeep is needed. I still have a 28 gauge Red Label that I like to shoot birds with or an occasional round of skeet.

January 27, 2013, 07:22 PM
My 03 catalogue lists the 12 at 7.50 26 inch to 7.75 28 inch, 20 at 7 lbs 26 inch to 7.25 28 inch

Eat Beef
January 27, 2013, 07:26 PM
Thanks mns. I have shot significantly better with a RL than with anything else I've tried, to include Citories, And a silver pigeon. I'm pretty set on a RL, the weight and price are the only downsides to me.

I found a 12ga with 28" bbls listed at 7 # 10 oz. If there is only a few oz difference, I'd just as soon have the 12, as I might get to travel to pheasant country again someday.

Eat Beef
January 27, 2013, 07:31 PM
Thanks COK, that's exactly what o wanted to know. I'm going for a 12.

Thanks for the help everyone. Y'all are fast, too, we even beat the Red Label haters.

January 27, 2013, 09:09 PM
I owned a 28 RL, it did t last 3 months without major issues. Now that they are discontinued, and parts might be an issue, you may want to consider a better gun that is still in production. At 7#, a 20 is about a pound heavier than most others

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