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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:46 pm 
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ruger 12 ga what model is it and what is the value of shotgun it has 26 in. barrel the serial # 411-48444 it looks real good almost new
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 Post subject: Re: ruger 12 ga
PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 1:30 pm 
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Your Y2K Ruger O/U is what's known as a "Red Label, Engraved (1997-2000)", and with the matching box(label) & papers is worth a little over $2K.
If no box/etc, a little under - just like the gun (O/U) ;) .

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 Post subject: Re: ruger 12 ga
PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:47 pm 
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Actually, the model you have with the engraving is still available today, just check Ruger's website. Retail is about $2200 but in the real world it can be had all day for about $1500 brand new. With the way Ruger's resale value is, you would be luck to get $1000-$1200 for it.

The last two that actually sold on Gun Broker sold for $950 and $1250.

The only real rare, if you can call it that, Red Label engraved model is the all stainless model(stainless receiver AND barrels with synthetic stock and forend with gold duck engraved on both sides). This was only available for one or two years. It wasn't much of a hit because it was a polished model and was highly visible. Not so desirable in a duck blind. I have one and love it. It is so corrosion resistant you can use it for an oar, and can be a real conversation piece on the clays course.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:58 pm 
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FWIW, the 1997-2000 engraved guns are classified/valued differently than the later production guns, due to differences in the engraving quality/coverage.


The early run was available with either the standard pattern of the OP gun, or 1/3 0r 2/3 coverage. There were some Sporting Clays engraaaved guns in the early run.

AFAIK, The post 2000 guns are only made with the standard pattern in Standard, All-Weather, and Sporting Clay configs.

The ones with a "different" engraving pattern are the "Anniversary" engraved specimens, made only during the RL anniversary year, IIRC.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:06 pm 
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I think Phil is more on track with the price... no matter what the blue book says. If you walked into a gun shop looking to sell that gun, you'd be offered in the $800-$900 range if it's in exceptional condition. They would turn around and sell it at retail in the $1100-$1200 range.


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 Post subject: Re: ruger 12 ga
PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:28 pm 
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The bottom line is that NO gun is worth ANY money at all - UNTIL someone is willing to pay for it.

The key is to find the one person who will, and at a dollar lever a seller can live with.

It's even more difficult with a narrow-market, or more expensive, gun.

If the OP's simply looking for an insurance value, "book" will do.

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