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Did Ruger quit making the Red Label?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by MCgunner, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Can't find shotguns link on their site.
  2. DaleCooper51

    DaleCooper51 Well-Known Member

    I believe it was last year when they quit making them.

    From what I remember, sales had fallen off and they had considerable QC issues with them.
  3. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Hmm, oh, well, guess I won't be lookin' at Red Labels, then. :D Probably hard to compete with all the fureners in the market in that price range. I really like the Franchi Instinct, but will have to save some money. :D That gun fit me WELL, though, and I liked the balance, the light weight (was in 20 gauge), and feel of it. Cool little shotgun. But, I'm still looking around at other O/Us at this time.
  4. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    It was hard to compete with anyone when the guns consistently had quality issues, the same reason their Gold Label SxS stopped as well.

    For the price of a RL, you can find Browning, Beretta and SKB- ALL of which, quality-wise, are heads and tails above Ruger
  5. single stack

    single stack Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately the Ruger Red Labels had a poor reputation.

    I had a 12ga. and it was good until the forearm latch
    let go and the gun disassembled on me at station 5.
    Ruger fixed it for free.

    Most RRL's are serviceable hunters, just not up to target gun use.

    After I got my first target gun and was pleased with the lower recoil,
    I sold the RRL.

    I friend of mine has a RRL 28ga., it is a model I'd like to have.

    I love my Ruger rifle and pistol.
  6. PJR

    PJR Well-Known Member

    The Red Label earned its poor reputation. Frequent parts breakage, lousy triggers and poor handling were just some of the sins. Its delisting is no loss. Like many Ruger products it was an interesting concept that was poorly executed.

    Major American gun makers have never seemed able to domestically produce a successful o/u shotgun.
  7. Axel Larson

    Axel Larson Well-Known Member

    There is one used at a local gun shop near me and the thing feels like a 2x4 compared to a used citori. which is in the same price range.
  8. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Last I knew, I believe Ruger was making the Red Labels in Turkey anyway...

    but like others said - they were poorly made....lots of issues / but I wouldn't put the Franchi that high up on the quality list either. Its fair to say that Franchi has mixed reviews as well.

    In my opinion, Browning and Beretta continue to give you the most gun for the money ....save your money until you can get into that arena at some level - and you won't be dissapointed. I have Browning Citori's ( XS Skeet models with well over 500,000 shells thru them with no issues over the last 15 yrs or so - and not a single issue on any of my primary guns ). Look for a good used Citori XS Skeet model, with the adjustable comb - but new or used they are one of the better guns on the market for the money (they list new for around $3600 now - but a buddy just bought one new in my area for about $3,150 )....its a good all around gun for Skeet, Sporting clays or for upland birds. I like it with 30" barrels. / its not much of a serious Trap gun ....I turn to the Browning XT Trap with 32" barrels for Trap ....but you could shoot Trap casually with the XS Skeet model as well with no issues.
  9. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Remington did - the K-32 eventually became the Kreighoff K-80

    Kolar makes an exceptional O/U, as does CSMC - but you won't get one for Mossberg prices. Kolars start about $12K, and some of the CSMC guns start about $8 and go over $100K
  10. PJR

    PJR Well-Known Member

    With only 5-6 thousand Model 32s made Remington didn't give the gun a chance to be their success. Krieghoff picked up the rights to the gun after Remington decided to discontinue it and its success came under German manufacture.

    CSMC and Kolar and make good guns but they are small boutique gunmakers with low production numbers, no real distribution system, no international presence and a very limited market unlike Beretta, Browning, Perazzi and Krieghoff.
  11. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Actually, Hal DuPont picked up the rights and licensed or sold them to Kreighoff
  12. Sniper66

    Sniper66 Well-Known Member

    Had Red Label 12 ga and had to send it in to Ruger. They repaired it and returned what looked like a new gun which worked great until I sold it. I notice the Red Label 20s at guns shows, but rarely see the 12. So, if you are really attracted to the 20s you might try gun shows.
  13. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    I had the 28 gauge - was going to be my go-to chukar and quail gun. Went back to Ruger three times, everything internal was replaced, problems still persisted - gun went bye-bye; never again - you couldn't GIVE me one
  14. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    I bought a Franchi 48AL, worst, overpriced piece of junk shotgun I ever owned. I wouldn't even consider a Franchi now at any price. I know of at least two dealers who won't carry the line any longer, too many unhappy customers.
  15. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

  16. cat_IT_guy

    cat_IT_guy Well-Known Member

    I have a 20ga RRL. No problems to date, but Im no hardcore target shooter. Its probably seen ~5000 rounds at targets and less than a box at birds.
  17. musicman10_1

    musicman10_1 Well-Known Member

    This thread is disappointing for me to read. I have been planning to get a Ruger Red Label 12 gauge in the near future. i see a lot of them listed locally and have seen several in local shops (a few are new old stock even but have a high price). I generally like all things Ruger and just thought that this would be a nice addition to my safe.

    I do very little hunting but have recently started shooting sporting clays for something different than my normal rifle / pistol routine. I hate to read opinions that the RRL is not likely to hold up to much target use. I also wonder how many parts Ruger has on hand to keep these guns running. Since production stopped I would guess that repairs are available only insofar as parts are available to make the fix.

  18. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    One of my bird hunting buddies hunts with 12 ga RRL. He and I traded guns once for fun. He thought my Citori was terrible, I felt the same about his RRL.

    The Ruger Red Label felt like a hammer in a drawer full of forks; it's heavy, clunky and chunky.

    But, in the end, he out shoots me two to one, in the field and at trap. So there you go, to each his own.
  19. RUT

    RUT Well-Known Member

    >>Most RRL's are serviceable hunters, just not up to target gun use.<<

    Exactly! They just never made it in the clay shooting arena.
  20. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Not to high jack a thread, but this comment seems atypical - I've got a handful of 48ALs that I shoot heavily and often with no issue or complaint. Most are not new production, mind you, but they have served me well and are my go-to field/sporting shotgun.

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