Auction alert: 28g Ruger Red Label, 28″ bbls, No Reserve….

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Here’s another one of these awesome OUs. These doubles are magic wands in the grouse woods. Most of the ones I see have pretty poor wood — but not this one. The 28″ barrels and straight grip are also hard to find.

This over-under is on Gunbroker.com now with No Reserve. The listing ends 7/24/2016 @ 9:18 PM.

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997: This is an early gRed Label in a hard to find configuration. It comes with an english stock, 28″ barrels, 2 1/2″ drop and a 14 1/4″ LOP. Gun is about as nice as it gets. It comes with a very nice leather case with accessories and wooden cleaning rod as seen. Comes with 5 choke tubes.

Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28" bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997
Ruger Red Label 28g, 28″ bbls, Straigh English Grip, 1997

Auction alert: A 28g, 28″ Ruger Red Label OU….

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge, OU Shotgun, 1st year NIB
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge, OU Shotgun, 1st year NIB

Summer’s just getting started and that’s great news. It means we’re getting closer to grouse & woodcock season.

As you daydream about fall colors and flushing birds, you’re probably thinking about the right shotgun to carry, too. Well, this new-to-you 28g Ruger Red Label OU would be the perfect choice.

I remember dreaming about Red Labels decades, ago. Back when I was a kid, they were the only OUs most gunshops carried. I spent a lot of time leaning across counters and trying to get a closer look at them.

I don’t think I ever saw a 28g. If I had, I’m sure I would have fallen in love with it. While the Ruger Red Label 12s & 20s can have more warts than a Halloween witch, the 28s are as close to perfect as these guns get. They’re fairly priced, too.

This one is on Gunbroker.com now and the auction ends 6/5/2016 @ 3:45:18 PM ET.

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge, OU Shotgun, 1st year NIB
Ruger Red Label 28 gauge, OU Shotgun, 1st year NIB

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge, OU Shotgun, 1st year NIB: Gun is new in the box.First year production. 28 inch tubes. Unfortunately has some handling marks on the fore end from being assembled. Has not been fired. Has choke tubes, tool, manual.

Wow – what a quail gun: 28 gauge Joseph Manton / Purdey SXS …

Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels

Joseph Manton was one of the finest gunmakers of the 19th century and one of the most influential gunmakers in British history. His work set the standard and the course for the 180+ years of Best quality gunmaking that came after him.

A handful of men who worked for Manton– including James Purdey, Thomas Boss and William Greener–followed his standards and founded some of the most important makers in the British gun trade.

Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels

Joseph Manton work was so good that  Colonel Peter Hawker, the 19th century sportsman and writer, is said to have called Manton ‘The greatest artist in firearms that ever the world produced.”

Unfortunately, other than its name and the traditions it carries on, the double you see here has no connection Joseph Manton or to the Manton family. Instead, it was made in the 1980s by a team of British craftsmen, one of whom owned the rights to the name Joseph Manton.

Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels

Regardless, it’s not the name on the gun that matters, but rather skill that went into building it. And from what I can see, a tremendous amount of skill went into building this side-by-side.

(BTW: Since this gun was made, the name Joseph Manton name passed to other owners. You can find out more about the guns they’re building here.)

Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels: 2-3/4″ chambers, auto-ejectors, choked tight improved cylinder and modified (.009/.016).  London proof 1986.  Narrow tapered raised game rib.  Built on a finely scaled Purdey-type self-opening action.  Extensively engraved with a bold foliate scroll and vibrant case color hardened finish.  Single trigger, auto-safe.  Straight hand stock of classic French walnut with contrasting grain and black and gold fiddleback measures 14-1/8″ to a checkered butt, splinter forend.  The diminutive size is reflected as this little gun tips the scale at a mere 5 lbs, 3 oz.  The 28″ barrels give this gun a forward bias and truly lively feel in the hand! Simply outstanding!  Cased in lightweight leather trunk case. Price: $57,000

Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28" barrels
Joseph Manton London 28 gauge, Sidelock, Shotgun, Purdey Action, 28″ barrels

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JAMES WOODWARD & SON BEST SXS, SIDELOCK, 12 GAUGE
JAMES WOODWARD & SON BEST SXS, SIDELOCK, 12 GAUGE

JAMES WOODWARD & SON BEST SXS, SIDELOCK, 12 GAUGE: 26″ BARRELS, LM/F (.016″/.044″) CHOKED – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – AUTO EJECTORS – SPLINTER FOREND – ENGLISH WALNUT TRADEMARK WOODWARD STYLE PISTOL GRIP STOCK – HAND CHECKERED HORN BUTT – SOLID GAME RIB – FULL COVERAGE ROSETTE BOUQUET & MINIATURE SCROLL ENGRAVING ON COLOR CASE HARDENED RECEIVER – ARCADED FENCES – EXCELLENT CONDITION – STRONG CASE COLOR REMAINING – 1927 MANUFACTURE – LEATHER CASE INCLUDED. 6 LBS. 1 OZ. 14 3/8″ X 1 5/8″ X 2 3/4″. Price: $45,000

Charles Daly Prussian 12ga. Linder Diamond Quality Featherweight SXS
Charles Daly Prussian 12ga. Linder Diamond Quality Featherweight SXS

Charles Daly Prussian 12ga. Linder Diamond Quality Featherweight SXSWonderful Prussian Proofed Super Light Linder Daly. This 12ga. Diamond Quality featherweight weighs in at 5.6lbs. Auto ejectors, doub. triggers, LOP 14 3/8″ to leather covered pad, DAC 1 1/2″  DAH 2″,  26″ barrels have chokes of R. .026 (full) and  L. .000 (Cyl.) and orig. 2 9/16″ chambers with a bore dimension of .721 which corresponds with the water table marks of 13/1
Condition: This shotgun has had very little use and retains a high degree of original finish overall. The breech face retains nearly all of it’s case colors showing few rounds were fired and the remainder of the receiver retains 60-70% orig CC. Barrels retain nearly all their original blue. The barrels are on face with a tight lock-up tight ejectors and proper timing. Price: $9800

Verees & Co. 28ga. 28" auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954
Verees & Co. 28ga. 28″ auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954

Verees & Co. Side-by-Side 28ga. 28″ auto-ejector, built by Lebeau Courally 1954: Chokes F-F (.028) Doub. Trig., LOP 14 1/4″ to Silvers type pad,  DAC 1 3/8″  DAH 2″ Beaver tail FE
Condition:  nearly unfired with strong case color and blue. Price: $4750

PARKER REPRODUCTION 12 GA DOUBLE TRIGGER LONG LOPPistol Grip Stock and Splinter  Forend, 26″ Barrels  Ic/Mod, DAC 1 3/8″ DAH 2 3/8″ 14 3/4″ LOP, 6 lbs.8 oz. Outstanding American Walnut. Excellent used condition – 50% CC, 99% Blue, 99% Wood and Finish, No Dents, Cracks or Scratches.  Very few minor handling and hunting marks. Comes with Factory Leather Takedown Case, Canvas and Leather Case Cover, Keys and Snapcaps. Price: $3750

PARKER REPRODUCTION 12 GA DOUBLE TRIGGER LONG LOP
PARKER REPRODUCTION 12 GA DOUBLE TRIGGER LONG LOP
J. P. Sauer SxS Boxlock Shotgun in 12 Gauge
J. P. Sauer SxS Boxlock Shotgun in 12 Gauge

J. P. Sauer SxS Boxlock Shotgun in 12 GaugeExtractor model with auto safety. Very Clean. Price: $1,199.99
Chambers: 2 3/4 Inch
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Few light handling marks
Bore Condition: Bright
Barrels: 28 Inch
Triggers: Double Trigger
Stock: Straight Grip Walnut Stock
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP
Fore End: Splinter
Butt Pad: Sauer Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 11 Ozs
Sights: Matted Rib with Metal Bead
Chokes: Full/Full

Auction alert: 28g Ruger Red Label O/U, 28″ barrels…

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!

Here’s one of the best birds guns ever made in America. These little 28 gauge Ruger over-unders are the perfect grouse & woodcock shotgun. This one looks pretty much brand new, and it’s being auction off with no reserve. If you like what you see, get your bid in now. The listing ends 2/6/2016 @ 8:58:58 PM ET.

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Box Minty!This one has one of the nicest pieces of wood I’ve ever seen on a Red Label. Made in 1999 and still in 99% condition. It has 28″ barrels with a 14″ LOP. Comes with the factory box, papers and choke tubes. 3 day inspection.

Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28" bbls Minty!
Ruger Red Label 28ga O/U 28″ bbls Minty!

Auction alert: Two great looking Ruger Red Label 28g OUs …

RED LABEL STURM RUGER 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN
RED LABEL STURM RUGER 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN

You said to yourself “I sure would like to pick up a nice OU for October.” Well, here are two, and they’re both up for auction now on Gunbroker.com. One’s a true “No Reserve” sale. The other is “No Reserve” with a $1200 starting bid. Both are great looking guns.

Here are the key features both share:

-English stocks
-Great looking wood
-28″ barrels

-Modern stock dimensions

Even though I have issues with Ruger’s 12g & 20g OUs, I love their 28 gauges. These shotguns are a joy to handle, reliable, and well made. I’m convinced they’ll be remembered as one of the best bird guns America has ever built.

RED LABEL STURM RUGER 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN
RED LABEL STURM RUGER 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUN

RED LABEL STURM RUGER 28 GAUGE OU SHOTGUNYou are bidding on a Scarce Red Label Sturm Ruger 28 Gauge over and under shotgun, new with no reserve! This firearm is part a large 40+ year old collection of which I will be auctioning off in upcoming future auctions. Most of the guns are new in the box and many were never even opened or removed from the protective wrappings until now! Unfortunately the box on this one was lost during relocation. This is a Scarce Red Label Sturm Ruger 28 Gauge over and under shotgun, new with no reserve! This is a scarce configuration with the English style stock! It chambers 2 3/4″ shells and features are a 28″ vent rib over and under barrel with interchangeable choke tubes, stainless receiver and trigger with high polished blued parts, and an absolutely gorgeous walnut stock with checkered stock and forearm.

RUGER Red Label English 28 gauge OU Shotgun
RUGER Red Label English 28 gauge OU Shotgun

RUGER Red Label English 28 gauge OU Shotgun: A very nice over under 28 gauge with the straight English stock, barrels are 28 in long,stock has had a pachmeyer decelerator pad, stock measures 15.5 inches with pad, 14.5 to end of wood i do not think stock was shortened just pad added. gun comes up and points very well. a few very small marks on stock,stock has nice grain. gun comes with 5 choke tubes, 2 skeet, 2 modified, 1 imp cyl, and choke tube wrench.e Red Label again.

RUGER Red Label English 28 gauge OU Shotgun
RUGER Red Label English 28 gauge OU Shotgun

Auction alert: Another nice looking 28g Ruger Red Label…

RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW

Did you miss that 28g Ruger Red Label from the other day? Here’s another chance to get one. This one looks even nicer, and it has 28″ barrels and some very fine American walnut. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and this listing ends 5/30/2015 @ 11:54:22 AM ET.

RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW

Serial# 420-22271
Caliber- 28 Gauge

RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW

Chokes- 7 Removable- Imp Cyl, Mod (2), Full (2), Skeet (2)
Action- Over & Under
Finish- Stainless steel action; blued barrels
Capacity- 2
Barrel- 28″
Stock- American walnut

This shotgun is absolutely like-new- no dings, scratches or handling marks.  The original owner said that he put less then a box of shells thru it.   The gun comes with the original box and packing material (which is in excellent condition), all 7 chokes (2 are in the barrels), choke tool, owners manual, and lock.

RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW
RUGER O/U Double Barrel Red Label 28 Ga Shotgun LIKE NEW

Auction alert: A really nice Ruger Red Label 28g…

RUGER RED LABEL 28GA
RUGER RED LABEL 28GA

People have all sorts of opinions of Ruger’s Red Label O/Us shotguns. But while the 12 gauge & 20 gauge models have their quirks (OK, problems), the 28g is the one Ruger hit a home run with. It’s a fantastic double and one of the best birds gun America has ever made. If you’re a grouse, quail, woodcock hunter, it’s all the gun you need to get the job done.

This 28g Ruger Red Label is on Gunbroker.com. It’s a NO RESERVE auction and it ends 4/27/2015 @ 10:30:00 PM ET. While it does have a few dings, I don’t see anything to worry about. All I see is a great gun — and the chance to get a great deal.

RUGER RED LABEL 28GA: 26″ BBL, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, AUTO EJECT, W/ ONLY 2 FACTORY CHOKE TUBES, 1-IC, 1-MOD. 99% BBL BLUE, WOOD 95% SOME LIGHT SCRATCHES HERE AND THERE. METAL RECEIVER SOME LIGHT HANDLING MARKS. BORES EXCELLENT. ALL ORIGINAL FINISHES, W/ BOX AND MANUAL.

RUGER RED LABEL 28GA
RUGER RED LABEL 28GA
RUGER RED LABEL 28GA
RUGER RED LABEL 28GA

Good gun alert: A 28g Ruger Red Label O/U, 28″…

Ruger Red Label 28 Ga O/U Doubl Barrel Shotgun.
Ruger Red Label 28 Ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun.

Here’s a good deal on a nice looking Ruger. I’ve said it a bunch of time before and I’ll say it again: These 28s are fantastic upland guns, and they have a real following. The ones with 28″ are tougher to find — especially at this kind of a price.

Ruger Red Label 28 Ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun. Price: $1,249.99

Caliber:. 28 Ga.

Chambers: 2 3/4″

Metal Condition: Excellent

Ruger Red Label 28 Ga O/U Doubl Barrel Shotgun.
Ruger Red Label 28 Ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun.

Wood Condition: Excellent

Bore Condition: Excellent

Barrels: 28″

Stock: Walnut with diamond checkering

Stock Dimensions: 14 1/4″ LOP, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 3/4″ DAH

Fore End: Walnut with diamond checkering

Butt Pad: Factory butt pad

Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz.

Chokes: Cyl. / Cyl.

Ruger Red Label 28 Ga O/U Doubl Barrel Shotgun.
Ruger Red Label 28 Ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun.

Auction alert: 28 gauge Ruger Red Label O/U…

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun

Here’s a nice little double that’s coming to auction this Wednesday, 2/10, at Montrose Auctions in Montrose, GA. These little Ruger Red Label 28 gauges are one of the best bird guns ever made in America. If you’re looking for a great grouse & woodcock gun, you should check it out.

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge Over Under Shotgun:  Serial # 420-07048 Excellent overall condition, LOP 14 1/4″, screw in choke. Barrel 26″ Modern.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Double Barrel O/U shotgun

Good gun alert: a 28g Beretta BL-3 O/U, 28″ barrels…

Beretta BL-3 - 28ga, Over Under, 2-3/4", 28":
Beretta BL-3 – 28ga, Over Under, 2-3/4″, 28″:

The twenty-eight gauge is one shotgun I’ve never talked myself into buying. But after seeing this one, I’ve been having the 28g-talk with myself again. This little Beretta is an awfully nice looking, and the BL-3s are super all around doubles. I doubt I’ll run across another one like it with 28″ barrels. Pistol-grip aren’t usually for me, but on a gun this light, I bet the extra wood gives you a little more control over things going on at the other end of the gun.

From what I’ve heard, the 28g has a lot going for it. Loaded with 3/4-oz shells, they deliver more than enough lead to put down a grouse or woodcock, provided you put the lead in the right place.

McIntosh said the 3/4 oz., 28g is “…one of the most balistically efficient shotshells ever devised” when loaded with hard shot and pushed along by a quality shot cup. He knew a lot more about balistics than I ever will, so I’ll have to agree.

Beretta BL-3 – 28ga, 2-3/4″, 28″: M / F (.020 / .025), Extractors, SST, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Hard to find gun with 28″ barrels! Great 28ga Dove Gun! Nice Tight Gun – Lever to Right of Center, Tight to Open. Wood shows some handling marks and scratches. Metal 97%. Wood 93%. Price: $1,675

Beretta BL-3 - 28ga, Over Under, 2-3/4", 28":
Beretta BL-3 – 28ga, Over Under, 2-3/4″, 28″:

Good gun alert: 28g Ruger Red Label O/U, 28″ bblsm straight stock…

Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28" bbls, English Stock
Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28″ bbls, English Stock

Here’s a chance to get a great deal on one of the best upland guns America has ever made. Ruger’s Red Label O/Us tend to be clunky and a bit cumbersome in 12g & 20g. But the 28 gauge models are a different beast altogether. Light & lively, they are one of the handiest O/Us you’ll ever find, and absolutely deadly on grouse & woodcock.

This one has all the hard-to-find features that I like to see, too: Straight, English-style stock with nice figure in it, 28″ barrels, and all it’s accessories. It’s even in it’s original case. It’s on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends on Monday, 11/3/2014, @ 1:57:57 PM ET.

BTW: Ruger introduced the Red Label in 1977 and made them until 2011. They reintroduced them this year, but only in 12 & 20 gauge. I hope the company will come out with an updated 28 gauge in the near future.

Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28″ bbls, English Stock:

MAKE: Sturm Ruger

Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28" bbls, English Stock
Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28″ bbls, English Stock

MODEL: Red label

CALIBER: 28 gauge

BARREL LENGTH: 28”

CAPACITY: 2 rounds

FINISH: Blued/SS

SIGHTS/OPTICS: Single front bead

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: You are bidding on a VERY nice, and very clean Ruger Red Label over and under shotgun chambered in 28 gauge with an English stock. The gun comes with the original box and paperwork, as well as 5 choke tubes (Full, modified, improved cylinder, and two skeet). The gun is in exceptional condition, with no noticeable imperfections to speak of. Upon close inspection, there are two very small indentations in the wood, but they are very hard to find. If this gun was used, it was not used much, that is for sure. Overall, I would rate this gun in 98% condition, but that is my opinion, please look at all the pictures and rate the gun for yourself.

Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28" bbls, English Stock
Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28″ bbls, English Stock
Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28" bbls, English Stock
Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28″ bbls, English Stock
Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28" bbls, English Stock
Ruger Red Label O/U, 28 GA, 28″ bbls, English Stock

Did you miss that 28 gauge Beretta BL3? Here’s another…

Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28" with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″ with fixed chokes, Mod and Full

Opportunity knocks, and you say “Hey, wait a minute, let me finish watching this awesome shark video on YouTube.” Then the moment passes. I bet that’s what happened for at least a couple guys on this 28g Beretta BL-3 that I posted last week. They hesitated, and it was gone.  I think it sold in less than a day.

I wasn’t surprised. Beretta’s BL3s are great guns. I think they;re built on true 28g frames (rather than 20g frames), so they’re trim and light. They’re also as rugged and reliable as any just about any O/U out there ,and their single trigger is very dependable. If you still want one, here’s your chance. While it costs about a third more than the one I posted last week, it does appear to be in even nicer overall condition — maybe even close to new. And for a gun of this quality, $1999 is still a decent price.

Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″ with fixed chokes, Mod and Full: Single selective trigger, auto ejectors. SN N003xx. Factory finish on both wood and metal, clean and nice gun! Price: $1999

Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28" with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″ with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28" with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″ with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28" with fixed chokes, Mod and Full
Beretta BL-3 28ga, 28″ with fixed chokes, Mod and Full

Great gun alert: a real nice 28g Beretta BL-3….

BERETTA - BL-3 - 28ga - 28" M / F -
BERETTA – BL-3 – 28ga – 28″ M / F –

This one will be gone soon. These BL-3s are great guns, and it’s rare to find one set up like this. If you’re looking for a 28g, this one looks like a bargain. Get it now….

Beretta BL-3 – 28ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ M / F (.020 / .025), Extractors, SST, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Hard to find gun with 28″ barrels! Nice Tight Gun – Lever to Right of Center, Tight to Open. Wood shows some handling marks and scratches. Metal 97%. Wood 93%. Price: $1,675

BERETTA - BL-3 - 28ga - 28" M / F -
BERETTA – BL-3 – 28ga – 28″ M / F –

Last minute auction alert: 28g Ruger Red Label, 28″ bbls, nice wood…

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one of the nicest upland guns America has ever produced. The 28 gauge Ruger Red Label is light enough to lug around all day and handy enough to get the job done when a woodcock or grouse finally flies. And it’s not so expensive that you’ll cringe as you bash your way through an alder thicket or scrape the stock against a poplar tree

This one is one Gunbroker.com now, and the auction ends today, 6/10/2014, @ 9:00:00 PM ET. Here’s all the info about the gun from the seller:
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun: You are looking at a ruger red label 28 gauge 28 inch with 5 chokes full,mod,imp cyl,skeet,skeet. In box with choke tube wrench and has a kick-eez butt plus original pad.gun has been shot less than 100 rounds ,there is 2 marks on the wood one on the stock that is very faint and one on the forearm that is a good dimple will try to show on the pics . Still has factory grease on the action.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Good gun alert: a 28g Ruger over-under, 28″ barrels…

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over Under Shotgun
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over Under Shotgun

Yesterday I mentioned how I’m always thinking about the value of firearms – what were they worth in the past, what will they be worth in future. This 28 gauge Ruger is one shotgun I consider to be an outstanding value, and I bet it will hold its value into the future.

Most of the Ruger 28s I see have 26″ barrels. The extra two inches on the ends of this one make it harder to find and more desirable.

Ruger Red Label 28 gauge Over/Under Shotgun: In good used condition. 28″ barrels come with 7 chokes. There are some light handling marks from use. Slight blue wear at the muzzle. LOP is 14 5/8″ to a thin pad. Please see pictures for accurate condition and description. See my other items for additional Ruger shotgun. Sale price includes shipping in the cont. US. Price: $1,595.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over Under Shotgun
28 gauge Ruger Red Label Over Under Shotgun

Awesome 28 gauge Bosses bring big $$ at auction…

28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgunv

Last week, two of the rarest double barrels in the world – an incredible 28g Boss O/U and SxS set- came to auction at Julia’s Spring 2014 sale. Buyers from the around the world battled it out over the phones for a chance to own one of these tremendous shotuns. When the final bids were in and the hammer fell, the sale prices were very big and very impressive.

LOT 3344: EXQUISITE 28 GAUGE BOSS SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTOR SIDELOCK OVER-UNDER GAME GUN WITH CASE — Sold for $207,000

28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

LOT 3345: SUBLIME 28 GAUGE BOSS SIDELOCK EJECTOR SINGLE TRIGGER SIDE BY SIDE GAME GUN —  Sold for $135,000

Auction alert: a 28 gauge Ruger Red Label O/U….

28 gauge Ruger Over/Under Red Label
28 gauge Ruger Over/Under Red Label

A lot of people live Ruger’s 28 gauge Red Label over-under shotguns , including me. When it comes to an upland gun, they’re good, solid shooters that offer a lot of bang for the buck (hahaha). Five Star Auctions has this nice looking one coming up tomorrow, 3/1:

Ruger Over/Under Red Label Model English Field: SN# 420-10594. 2 3/4″ Chamber 28 Ga. Shotgun, 26″ Barrels w/ Vent Rib, 5 Choke Tubes (Full, Improved Cylinder, Modified & 2 Skeet). New in Box.

28 gauge Ruger Over/Under Red Label
28 gauge Ruger Over/Under Red Label

Incredible 28g Boss O/U and SxS set coming to auction…

28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun

I’ve gushed about Boss shotguns before. Now I’m going to do it again. Boss & Co. has built some of the finest shotguns in the world. The two you see here are about as rare and fantastic as they come. They’re both coming up in James D. Julia’s March 2014 auction.

These guns are a consecutively serial numbered set (9018 & 9019), and both were ordered on the same day in 1955. They’re all original and they match their original specs 100%.

28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

The Boss O/U was patented in 1909. To date Boss & Co. has made just over of five hundred of them. Around twenty have been 28 gauges. The other gun is just as rare. Of the 3,975 or so side-by-sides Boss & Co has built since John Robertson took over the company in 1891, around twenty-five have been 28 gauges.

That means the two doubles you see are some of the rarest shotguns ever made by Boss. As a true set, they’re spectacular and one of kind.

Pics courtesy James D. Julia Auctioneers.

28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss O/U Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
28 gauge Boss SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

I shouldn’t share this: a 28 gauge Ruger O/U, 28″ bbls, straight grip…

28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip

If people are still collecting shotguns in 2114, one double I’m sure they’ll be call an American classic is the 28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under.

Ruger introduced their Red Label shotguns in 1977 and offered them until 2011 (and they’re introducing a modified version this year, btw). First available as 20 gauges and then 12s, the Red Labels were decent guns. In most of the shops I visited as a kid, they were the most expensive shotguns on the racks, right up there with the Belgian Browning Superposed and the Beretta 686s.

One-hundred percent American made, Red Labels tended to be heavy, and the fit and finish on a lot of them was not good. But the 28 gauge Ruger Red Labels were different – like a single, gorgeous pup in a litter of malformed runts. These Red Labels were lightweight and sleek. If you could find a good one, they were beautiful upland guns.

And it looks like the one you see here might be a good one. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing end on 1/21/2014 5:15:24 PM ET. So if you like what you see, step up and get it. The price looks very fair.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under, 28″ bbls:  VR barrel…boxlock, SST, auto ejectors, checkered English straight grip stock, stainless steel frame…Comes with the original box, manual, choke wrench and all 5 choke tubes…Gun is mint/hard to even tell if it has been fired/Like New.

28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28" barrels, straight grip
28 gauge Ruger Red Label over under shotgun, 28″ barrels, straight grip

 

Auction alert: W & C Scott 8 gauge, Masquelier 28 gauge, Westley Richards 12 gauge and more…

W & C Scott & Son 8 bore Percussion Double Shotgun
W & C Scott & Son 8 bore Percussion Double Shotgun

Lot 69: Impressive W. & C. Scott & Son 8 bore Percussion Double Shotgun: 33″ damascus barrels with bright gray bores showing some pitting. The barrels display 80% of a smooth brown and silver pattern, more pronounced under the forestock, with increasing fading toward the muzzles. The rib is marked “London Fine Twist” and crisp proof marks are present under the forestock. The plain locks are marked with the maker’s name on both sides and exhibit 70% original case color with scattered specks of oxidation. The hammers show 30% color turning brown and the triggerguard with its extended front finial displays a brown and pewter patina. The straight grip stock rates very good exhibiting scattered scratches and minor dings over a darkened and dull original finish and displaying a well checkered grip which remains robust although with some soiling. There is a steel buttplate present turning brown providing a length of 14 3/8″ and a German silver monogram oval is inlaid into the toeline. In addition, the forestock is equipped with double cross pins mounted in German silver escutcheons. Four ramrod thimbles are mounted to the barrel, two under the forestock which facilitate the cross pins, holding what appears to be the original ebony ramrod with brass ram. This big bore shotgun was built in the late 1860’s, and considering that it was made for rough usage waterfowl hunting, remains in remarkable condition. Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500

J. P. Sauer Prussian 20 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun
J. P. Sauer Prussian 20 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun

Lot 131: J. P. Sauer Prussian 20 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun: Serial #143338, 20 ga., 26″ matted rib Krupp steel barrels choked modified and improved modified with bright very good to excellent bores showing some very faint scattered pitting. The barrels retain 85 to 90% blue showing a few scattered rub marks and scratches with fading around the muzzles and breeches. The frame is embellished with some flourishes of scroll engraving and borders and exhibits 20% case color in protected areas with the remaining surfaces turning to bright pewter with brown highlights. The triggerguard is mottled silver although the top lever retains 70% blue. The round knob pistolgrip stock and splinter forearm rate good to very good exhibiting scattered minor dings and scratches, showing a small repaired chip in the toe, a minute hairline crack behind the top tang, and tiny chips in the left front edge of the forearm all over a drying oil finish. Checkering is well defined although soiled, the forearm pattern displaying a few impact marks. The forearm has a lever release showing some remaining blue and the buttstock has an older Jostam recoil pad fitted providing a length of 14 3/8″ and drops of 1 5/8″ at the comb, 2 3/4″ at the heel, and no cast and it weighs 5 lbs. 8 ozs. There is a German silver monogram oval mounted in the toeline and the gun features double triggers, extractors, and an automatic safety. This is a quality shotgun probably manufactured around WWI. The action is tight and functions fine. A great little bird gun. Estimate: $1,200 – $1,800

Masquelier Model 120 28 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun
Masquelier Model 120 28 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun

Lot 132: Masquelier Model 120 28 gauge Boxlock Double Shotgun: Serial #60287, 28 ga., 31 3/4″ matted rib barrels choked modified and full with bright excellent bores showing one small spot of pinprick pitting just ahead of the left chamber. The barrels retain 97% blue displaying some fading around the muzzles and a couple of tiny oxidation specks under the forearm. Both barrels are marked with the maker’s name and city (Liege) and are border engraved at the breech. The frame is lightly embellished with engraved borders around the pins and along the bolsters and exhibits 95% vibrant case color with some fading along the edges and under the blued top lever. The triggerguard retains about 60% blue showing even wear and a few scratches. The round knob pistolgrip stock and splinter forearm rate very good to excellent displaying a few scratches and small dings over a strong varnish showing a little crazing. Checkering is done in a simple point pattern and remains robust but lightly soiled. The forearm has a push button release with case colored furniture and there is a thin grooved horn buttplate installed having a few dings providing a length of 15″ with drops of 1 3/8″ at the comb, 2 3/8″ at the heel and 1/4″ cast off. Sling swivels are affixed to the toeline of the stock and soldered to the under side of the barrels and the gun features double triggers, extractors, automatic safety, Greener cross bolt, and sideclips. Included is a European type leather sling and a Masquelier catalog. This is a very unusual shotgun in little used condition, obviously made for a large person and not one of those puny super light wonders which are hard to shoot. It would make an awesome dove or clays gun. Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500

Westley Richards 12 Gauge Special Double Trap Double Ejectorgun
Westley Richards 12 Gauge Special Double Trap Double Ejectorgun

Lot 134: Westley Richards 12 Gauge Special Double Trap Double Ejectorgun: Serial #T11626, 12 ga., 28″ ventilated rib barrels choked full and full with bright excellent bores. The barrels retain 90% blue showing some light scratches, rub marks under the forearm and patches of silver at the muzzle. The barrels are marked “Westley Richards” on the right tube and “London” on the left and the frame is embellished with light scroll engraving and stylized borders having banners on both sides with the maker’s name. It exhibits 80% case color with fading on the edges and the bottom plate retains about 90% blue with some staining on the lower left side. About 70% blue shows on the triggerguard, the edges and tang turning silver. The round knob pistolgrip stock rates very good to excellent displaying a few light handling marks and one small chip behind the top tang over a smooth rubbed oil finish. The beavertail forearm shows a few more marks and a hairline crack to the left back edge and one to the right front edge, both appearing stable, over the same smooth oil finish. Checkering is well executed in the English flat top style exhibiting light wear and impact marks with some soiling. There are nicely carved dropper points behind the stock shields and a gold monogram oval is inlaid into the toeline with the letters “D.W.V.” inscribed upon it in block letters. A Pachmayr rubber recoil pad has been fitted providing a length of 14″ with drops of 1 1/2″ at the comb, 2″ at the heel, and 1/4″ cast off. The gun is equipped with a Miller single non selective trigger, ejectors, and a non automatic safety. The action is tight and the mechanism functions well. A contemporary canvas trunk case is included with paper maker’s trade label, model specifications, and a Royal warrant all affixed to the inside of the lid. Also included are numerous documents relating to the lineage of the gun from Westley Richards to Abercrombie & Fitch to William Earle Umstattd, president of the Timkin Roller Bearing Company. Within this mix of information is an Authentication Certificate from Westley Richards along with a copy of the factory ledger, a Certificate of Inventory & Disposition and copy of the company inventory of 1951 from Griffin & Howe, and a brief family history of Mr. Umstattd. In addition, other miscellaneous papers including company letters and information are included. All in all, an interesting yet very practical well made shotgun for field, clays, or live pigeons. Estimate: $3,500 – $5,000

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