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Old February 16th, 2016, 05:20 AM   #1
 
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Gold Label and other side-by-side recommendations

Hey all. So I own a red label and absolutely love it. I'm a bit of a ruger fan-boy (also own an SR9c and sp101) and desperately want to get my hands on a gold label shotgun. However, when I am able to find them online they are being sold for about $3,500-$4,000, which is too rich for my blood. So my questions are this...do you guys know how I could better search for a gold label aside from the obvious avenues on the Internet (i.e. gunbroker and random Google searches). And second, what other side-by-sides would you recommend? So far I've looked at the Stoeger Longfowler, the CZ hammer classic and CZ sharptail, and the Mossberg silver reserve II. I really wish Ruger would develop more shotguns, but I don't suppose that will happen any time soon. Thanks in advance for your everyone's input, and I look forward to a fun dialogue.



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Boy, night and day there Walsh. Sorry for ribbing you, but you went from Red and then "Gold" Labels down to Stoegers and Mossbergs. Wow and what a difference there. Is this a case of champagne tastes with a beer budjet? I hope not since I want you to get a Gold Label as well. Back when I was shooting registered skeet with my Red Label (24" skt/skt) yes indeed a fixed choke shotgun, the only way to go. Anyway back then I had always wished I could at some point in time add a Gold Label to the safe (Yes I know the Gold came much later, I meant from it's first introduction). That would have been cool to say the least. Right now however on the subject of getting one, I don't really see any such owner ever deciding to sell since the production run was so short and they'll likely not return to it for a long while. I'd look for a quality used side by side like a Winchester model 21 or similar as they come up for sale all the time. Prices are of course going nowhere but up these days so you have to be ready for that.

The other guns you mention (if you have to buy new) are fine guns and I've had nothing but praises for my Stoegers in both over and under as well as their side by sides. Care must be taken in their selection however since their bottom of the barrel guns do leave a bit to be desired. Toss an extra hundred or two or three into the purchase and model that will get you and you'll soon see quite the quality you're looking for. (based upon Red and Gold thoughts)

Best of luck to you in your search and do show and tell once you get it. I'm still hoping that you hold out for the Gold. (really the only way to go for a Ruger nut) Smithy.
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The Gold Label is overpriced simply based on the low production numbers and perceived collector value. In my opinion there are better values in a side by side, keeping in mind that $4000 is not considered a lot of money in the rarified world of fine shotguns. Look for the old Browning SXS for instance. I've seen a few below $1K and lots for sale in the $1500 - $2K range. Usually made for Browning by Mikoru in Japan or assembled in South Korea from Japanese components. Good quality and nicely executed without breaking the bank.
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I would highly recommend the CZ Sharp-Tail. For about a K-buck, it's pretty hard to beat. Single trigger, 5 different chokes, beautiful furniture, excellent fit and finish.
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So SMITHY, I unfortunately do have champagne taste on a beer budget! And WAVEFORM, I didn't know about the guns made by Mikoru for Browning...any more details on how/where I can search for those? And IOWEGAN...I definitely like the looks of the sharp-tail and am glad to hear you speaking highly of it. What are your thoughts on the hammer classic?
Thanks to everyone for the replies so far.
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walsh, I have not had an opportunity to check out a hammer model CZ SxS but if they are made to the same standards as my CZ Bobwhite, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one. CZ O/U and SxS shotguns are made in Turkey ... but before you turn your nose up at Turkish made firearms ... they have been in the firearms business for a couple centuries and are well know for being precision. Because the labor rates in Turkey are quite low, you can get an exceptional quality gun for a modest price. I used to own a Charles Daly O/U that was made by Miroku in Japan. The same gun was also sold under the Ithaca brand name. These are excellent shotguns but I would have to say, the workmanship in my CZ Bobwhite SxS is far superior and a Sharp-Tail is a step up from the Bobwhite.
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walsh, I have not had an opportunity to check out a hammer model CZ SxS but if they are made to the same standards as my CZ Bobwhite, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one. CZ O/U and SxS shotguns are made in Turkey ... but before you turn your nose up at Turkish made firearms ... they have been in the firearms business for a couple centuries and are well know for being precision. Because the labor rates in Turkey are quite low, you can get an exceptional quality gun for a modest price. I used to own a Charles Daly O/U that was made by Miroku in Japan. The same gun was also sold under the Ithaca brand name. These are excellent shotguns but I would have to say, the workmanship in my CZ Bobwhite SxS is far superior and a Sharp-Tail is a step up from the Bobwhite.
Is the bobwhite a double trigger?
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