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 Post subject: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:36 am 
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Location: Black Hills of South Dakota
What I'm looking for is Options, and whatever can be Told
about the Ruger Red Label Wood Side.

While looking for S&W Revolvers (most comfortable with)
I ran across this Ruger RLWS at a Gun Shop but just don't
know about it.

Ruger Red Label Wood Side 26" barrels chambered for
12 gauge. Used, in very good condition, with NO Box.




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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:42 am 
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You don't need to know anything more than to run from it. Ruger Red Label 12 gauges were, by and large, complete dogs. You can do much better.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:17 pm 
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I've had 2 RRLs since the early 90's. Both 12 and 20 gauge with fixed SK chokes. I enjoy them along with my 870, 1100, and my Browning. I'd buy it if the price was right.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:50 pm 
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I think they are kind of cool looking! If it is something you can use and priced appropriately, I would be a buyer also. The 26 inch barrel is not in favor at this time and most consider it a negative. Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:05 pm 
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I second the running away - had their early 28 gauge, the one they "supposedly" got right (they didn't).

They tried twice and failed twice and they are no longer supported with service or parts - THAT should tell you something.

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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:57 pm 
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As stated above, they were rather problematic, and Ruger offers no support for them now. When they fail, they're finished. My Wife bought me a new fixed choke model in 1990 and by some lucky twist of fate it's been mechanically perfect, but I probably haven't put more than 400-500 rounds through it in the 29 years I've had it. I'd vote "NO" on the Woodside.

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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:33 pm 
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Ruger still provides "limited" support to serial numbers above the 410- series. I sent a 20 gauge that belonged to the local AFB skeet club for a problem not selecting the top barrel and Ruger fixed it at no charge. The gun had been messed with by a local gunsmith who was not qualified, and undoubtedly caused those issues. Ruger fixed it without any complaints. However, it is true that according to Ruger, their service on these RL is dwindling and is subject to parts left in inventory.

I had a new RL that had an initial issue with cocking the top barrel. I sent it to Ruger on their shipping label and in less than 9 days had it back fixed. Gets shot regularly and functions to this day without any problems. That was about 4-5 years ago. I guess I was lucky in both cases.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:30 pm 
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Maybe I'm wrong about getting factory service. I thought I'd read that they were no longer supported. Hopefully that's not the case.

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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:50 am 
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No, it just depends. The best policy is to call Ruger and ask because they said it depends on what they have on hand as far as parts. Their service is going to stop completely once they no longer have any replacement parts. For all practical purposes you can't get any support for future work.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:04 pm 
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Thank you everyone for your Replies about the
Ruger Red Label Wood Side.

After reading the replies I am still not understanding
what it is, that could possibly become unworkable
when using the Shotgun.

Is it the Action not closing correctly?
Is it the Manual Safety Selector lever?
Is it how the Recoil selects/resets to fire the next Barrel?

Thank you in advance for your replies.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:24 pm 
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SideXSideEnthusiast wrote:
After reading the replies I am still not understanding
what it is, that could possibly become unworkable
when using the Shotgun.


All firearms wear: it is completely normal. When you are considering a used shotgun, you likely have no idea what the prior maintenance practices were, exactly how it was used, what loads were put through it, and so forth. It is largely flipping a coin or rolling the dice with a discontinued shotgun.

Typical sacrificial parts include springs and firing pins, among countless other small parts. Sometimes, stocks crack and that may be bad inletting, shooting a stock while it is loose, or just plain dropping it.

There is safety in numbers, for Browning Citori and Beretta 680 series shotguns are in current and vibrant production, with no shortage of parts and service from Cole Gunsmithing, MGW, Art's Gun Shop, and so forth. All of them are quite busy with repairs and fortunately, parts are not a problem.

That can not be said for Ruger Red Labels.

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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:58 pm 
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Thank you for the responses. With the uncertainties of the
Red Label Wood Side Internal Action Mechanism I have
decided not to purchase.

The price is $1444 with NO Box and NO accruements, that
just rubs me wrong. At that price point it better have
everything before I buy it.

I do like the Benelli 828U 12ga Ultra Modern looking O/U.

Thanks again.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:40 am 
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SideXSideEnthusiast wrote:
Thank you for the responses. With the uncertainties of the
Red Label Wood Side Internal Action Mechanism I have
decided not to purchase.

The price is $1444 with NO Box and NO accruements, that
just rubs me wrong. At that price point it better have
everything before I buy it.

I do like the Benelli 828U 12ga Ultra Modern looking O/U.

Thanks again.


Although this is an older thread; I suggest you ask for input about the 828U before making a purchase.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:06 pm 
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I've never owned a Woodside, but I wanted to. I used to shoot skeet competitively about 20 years ago and what I shot was a RRL. It was what I could afford at the time. I shot thousands of rounds through that gun with no hiccups. Had it cleaned and serviced by a competent gunsmith annually. there are "nicer" guns out there, but I loved that gun. I just got another one recently of the same vintage (early 90's). we shall see....


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:41 pm 
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I own a RL. Used to own four of them, one a Woodside (my first). The only options on the WS were barrel length. I put thousands of round through that WS and it never failed me.
Nearly $1500 seems steep for a used Ruger, and there is nothing beyond its looks that is special about the WS. If you can get one for a grand, snap it up. Otherwise, you'll take a beating.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:00 pm 
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Thank you for all the responses. I will keep an eye out for a reasonable price.


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 Post subject: Re: Ruger Red Label Wood Side, wondering about it
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:43 am 
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Avoid the Benelli 828U. It has been plagued with various issues and has not proven to be popular with shooters. It probably won't be around very long.




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