I myself use a 34 year old Winchester .22 rifle and last week shot a 70 yr old Mossberg .22 rifle. These guns still shoot incredibly straight.
My comment on old guns comes from a trapshooter's perspective where the guns are used to shoot 5,000 to 30,000 rounds/year, for years.
If you are shooting that volume and counting on a particular gun, it is not good if you break a firing pin and then have to go on a lengthy search to source one and wait through the process. If you have another gun to shoot, then it may not be as much of a problem.
Old doesn't mean that you can't always get parts, age and the model does. Winchester M12's are old and haven't been made for a while but parts will be available for a long time. This may not be so for a version of a gun that was made for a few years in relatively low numbers.
Old guns will often shoot well, I would not dispute that. I had a 1898 manufacture Marlin 1893 .38-55 that was one of the most accurate traditional lever guns I have seen, when it was 100 years old. It showed no sign of any issues but if it had broken something, I would not have gone into just any shop and obtained parts for it. I sold it not because of concern over parts but due to lack of interest in it.
Old guns will often go 1,000's of rounds without problems, some are in good shape because they spent most of their many decades in a closet, cabinet or safe, not being shot enough to accumulate a high round count, some guns stand a high round count better than others. I have my Dad's A5, made in 1963, its old but has a low round count since it was strictly used for upland game, it will keep a low round count because I honestly don't enjoy shooting it; it will wind up being quite an old gun, in good shape, at this rate.
The question of old guns has a lot of variables, some of which are; how much the person likes the gun, their planned use, what the make/model is, parts (are parts available, condition, not shooting enough to worry, don't care etc.), intial price of the gun....etc. There is no one, easy answer.
As Win M12 commented;
And the fact that most Remington's nowadays are made in Japan or Russia, etc.
No Remington guns have been made in Japan, the Spatan line of break action guns and an autoloader are imported from Russia, The recent "Preimer" o/u's are made in Italy, 870's, 1100's & 11-87's are made in Ilion, NY.
I know some Brownings are Japanese made, I don't know about the Citori.
Citori's, BT99's, BPS and the Cynergy o/u are all made by B.C, Miroku in Kochi City, Japan. (I really like my BT99 and Citori's, I buy a "Browning" to get a Miroku) There never have been any U.S. made, o/u's branded "Browning" produced for sale.http://www.clayshootingusa.com/readers/ ... nmaker.pdf
give me American made please.
Since the discussion is about an o/u, in currently produced guns, this would limit the choices to the Ruger Red Label or the much higher end stuff like Kolar, pretty much everything else in an o/u comes from overseas.