Ruger Red Label 12 GA 28” Over Under OU Shotgun MFD 2003

SOLD FOR: $1,526

WOA#: WY240310JK005

Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.

Model: Red Label

Serial Number: 411-61041

Year of Manufacture: 2003 (

Caliber: 12 GA, chambered for 3” Shells

Action Type: Top Lever, Break Action Over/Under Shotgun with Ejectors and mechanical single selective trigger.

Markings: The top receiver tang is marked with the serial number, “411-61041”. The underside of the receiver is marked “STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. / SOUTHPORT, CONN. / —U.S.A—”. The left side of the block is marked with “12 GA. 3” CHAMBERS” and a proof mark. The bottom of the mono block is serial matching, hand-scribed “1041”. The underside of the forend wood and the grip cap is marked with an inset gold Ruger phoenix medallion and a red Ruger phoenix medallion. The buttpad is marked with the ruger phoenix.

Barrel Length: 28” Vent ribbed barrel.

Choke: Both barrels are threaded for Ruger Red label chokes currently installed Skeet over Skeet.

Sights/Optics: There is a brass bead fixed to the front of the barrel rib. The top of the rib is serrated to reduce glare.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are two-piece wood with checkered capped semi-pistol grip, fluted straight comb, and a black rubber buttpad. The forend is checkered thin standard forend. The forend has a few minor shallow compressions mostly on the left side behind the checkering. The stock shows three small compression marks. The checkering is sharp and there are no chips or cracks.  The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The buttpad is free of any notable wear or damage. Overall, the stocks are in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued Barrel Assembly with Stainless Steel Receiver and Forend Iron

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: Both bores are bright and there is no erosion.  In this writer’s opinion the bores both rates 9/10. There is some minor fouling in the last third of the barrels.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered marks on the barrels and the receiver has some very faint surface scratches. There is also minor operational wear on the inside of the action. All the markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety/selector does not set automatically but functions properly when set manually. The lock up is tight with no play. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your standards.

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The Ruger Red Label Over/Under shotgun in 12 gauge is a revered firearm known for its exceptional craftsmanship, versatility, and reliability. Introduced by Ruger in 1977, this shotgun quickly gained popularity among hunters, clay shooters, and sportsmen for its robust design and top-notch performance. At the heart of the Red Label is its solid steel receiver, meticulously crafted to ensure precise fit and smooth operation. This sturdy foundation provides the shotgun with the durability needed to withstand the rigors of hunting and shooting sports. Complimenting the receiver are the stock and forend, crafted from high-quality walnut, offering shooters a comfortable and ergonomic grip for extended shooting sessions. Fitted with 28” barrels constructed from high-grade steel and cut for interchangeable choke tubes, the barrels provide shooters with the versatility to adjust the shotgun’s pattern to suit different shooting scenarios, whether hunting upland game or competing in clay shooting sports. The Red Label features a break-action design, facilitating quick and easy loading and unloading of shells. Its crisp and responsive trigger system offers shooters excellent control and accuracy, ensuring precise shot placement in various shooting situations. Additionally, the shotgun is equipped with a tang-mounted safety selector, allowing shooters to engage or disengage the safety with ease, promoting safe handling at all times. Versatility is a hallmark of the Red Label, making it suitable for a wide range of shooting activities. Whether pursuing upland game, waterfowl, or small game in the field, or participating in clay shooting sports such as skeet, trap, or sporting clays, the Red Label delivers reliable performance and consistent results. In conclusion, the Ruger Red Label Over/Under shotgun in 12 gauge stands as a testament to Ruger’s commitment to quality and innovation. Its enduring popularity among shooters and hunters attests to its exceptional craftsmanship, versatility, and reliability, making it a cherished firearm for generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!-R.L.

Ruger Red Label 12 GA 28” Over Under OU Shotgun MFD 2003
Ruger Red Label 12 GA 28” Over Under OU Shotgun MFD 2003