Gun Report

Ruger Gold Label 12 Gauge

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Lean and trim, the Gold Label Ruger appealed to us. We liked the thin choke tubes and the versatility these gave this straight-gripped gun, but we could see no need for 3-inch chambers on a 6.7-pound gun. We'd have preferred double triggers, but the single trigger dropped both hammers whether or not the first barrel fired. The gun had great wood and decent balance.

Ruger Gold Label 12 Gauge

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Receiver Material
Rib Width
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
Trigger Pull Weight Bottom
Trigger Pull Weight Top

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There's not much to dislike here. Though the Ruger couldn't compete with a best-quality, handmade English gun, in our opinion it is the best U.S.-made SxS shotgun ever.
We liked the Anson-rod forend release and the perfect, borderless 22-lpi checkering, but disliked the tasteless plastic button (arrow).
The graceful Ruger used its safety position to select which barrel fired first, but the result looks like it's bent or broken. The ejectors were welcome, but not very powerful. They fired before the gun recocked, something to watch for. Ruger thankfully cut weight everywhere, and did a great job, we thought, giving shooters a light, fast gun. The result was lots of visible holes inside.
We noted the absence of bushed firing pins (left arrow).

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