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Old March 24th, 2016, 02:59 PM   #16
 
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My favorite trap gun.....the "new" Ruger Red Label with 30" barrels. Don't know if you can find one for under $1,000. When they first started making the Red Label again about 3 years ago the goal was to make an affordable AMERICAN o/u. MSRP was $1400 as I recall. I got mine for about $1100.

It's my understanding they've stopped making them again and the "new" guns are now hard to find...and cost several hundred more.

I've been VERY happy with mine.



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^^^ I've had decent luck with CZ but JohnB's advice is sound. Trap, skeet, etc. guns see a lot of rounds so they really need to be durable vs. a field gun. Best to keep that in mind. I've been interested in the CZ OU but have no reports on their reliability. I just checked the SKB website thinking that might be an affordable option. But too close in price to Beretta IMHO.

I know this is a Ruger forum so I will be kind. There are mixed reports on the Red Labels. There are probably other options in the used market at the same price point that have more established reputations.

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I'll also acknowledge that this is a Ruger forum so I'll tread lightly.

The old Ruger Red Label in 20ga was a very good gun.
I saw an old 20 gauge Red Label, I think it was a late 1970's model, that went many, many tens of thousands of rounds and is probably still going today. That gun was only cleaned when it failed to eject empty shells and yet never failed to fire.
I never warmed to the 12ga. Red Label, it just doesn't have good proportions for my liking. I'm sure the 12ga models are just as strong as the 20 ga. models but they never felt right to me.

The Beretta O/U are excellent guns and while not inexpensive, they are a one time purchase. If I was in the market for a 12 ga. O/U, I'd save my pennies and wait for a Beretta.

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I should have said it, but when I traded in my CZ, I bought a Berretta and I love it, serves both purposes, pheasant hunting and sporting clays.
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I'll also acknowledge that this is a Ruger forum so I'll tread lightly.

The old Ruger Red Label in 20ga was a very good gun.
I saw an old 20 gauge Red Label, I think it was a late 1970's model, that went many, many tens of thousands of rounds and is probably still going today. That gun was only cleaned when it failed to eject empty shells and yet never failed to fire.
I never warmed to the 12ga. Red Label, it just doesn't have good proportions for my liking. I'm sure the 12ga models are just as strong as the 20 ga. models but they never felt right to me.

The Beretta O/U are excellent guns and while not inexpensive, they are a one time purchase. If I was in the market for a 12 ga. O/U, I'd save my pennies and wait for a Beretta.
I've seen a few recommendations in this thread about purchasing a Beretta, be careful. I had a 686 Onyx and it kicked the crap out of me.
Not recoil-wise, the comb of the stock walloped my cheek. Tried a few remedies to no avail. Bought a Browning Cynergy and love it. Gun fit is very good and no more cheek slap. I guess what I'm trying to say is, if at all possible, try the gun before purchasing.
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Lot of people are switching to S.A. for purpose of using for Upland hunting and trap/skeet. The only one under 1k I can suggest is a Franchi Affinity in 12-ga. Wood stock. I have one and love it. It has the inertia bolt instead of gas . Gas has more parts to clean and usually get dirtier than inertia bolts do . But the Affinity in wood will run about $850.00 OTD . Recoil is easy and it's a good looking gun at 6-3/4-lbs. I have a Express 870 , kicks like heck but a good cheap gun . The 11-87s' in older models are good but have heard newer models have some problems. Only other SG I'd suggest is the Beretta 1400 in 12-ga. It has that special recoil butt stock and it's a very light gun but runs $1499.00 most places. Personally all the people I know that shoot alot of skeet/trap say any U/O under $1300.00 is not worth buying. Myself have never shot a O/U so I cannot verify that. What ever you do buy most important thing is FIT . Make sure it fits you. Good luck !
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