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My only complaint with RUger shotguns is that I can't afford them! I would love a Gold Label.
 

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I never have figured out why it cost so much to make a double barrel, either side by side or over under. I know wages are way higher in this counrty than others, but they have so many machines that do the job of skilled labor now a days, I just kind of wonder about that argument. I bought one of the Russian Baikal/Remington side by sides for less than $300, and have had one of the Stoegers imported from Brazil I bought used for $200! That is a far cry from $2000 for a Gold Label. I realize the Ruger is much better fit and finished and is a better gun, but does it justify $1700 more? I guess that is for each shooter to decide. My guns may not be pretty, but they will get the job done.
 

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First shotgun was Stevens 311 12 ga.------61.50 + tax. Tells you how old I am...that was 1966. I believe that if Ruger of ALL mfgrs. would make a $3-400 double with no frills-they couldn't make enough to keep up with demand. The value is there on the doubles they make-but Joe Average can't play. A few imports have tried-the quality is poor and no nostalgia to buy a gun made in wherever----we need a GOOD AMERICAN working double-Ruger could be the one to do it...what a dream of a first gun for a kid-house defense gun-let alone cowboy shooting market...
 

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I think the Ruger Gold Label is a competition match grade skeet gun. Any firearm you get in this classification is going to be expensive. They probably won't make a cheaper version because it may degrade the respect of the name. For example if BMW introduced a new $8000 sedan to compete with the KIA\SCION car market, it would heavily degrade their luxury line of cars.
 

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Agree-I forgot to specify side-by-side-------I think in that style only-the buzzards seem to eat all our skeet birds down here...no need for O/U---and am I gonna catch it for that!!!!
 

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Guess it is the age, but I was raised with side by side double barrels. That what I think of when I think double-barrel. I still like the double-hammer double-trigger ones.
 

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Come on KP97 tell it like it is. You know we are both two days older than baseball. What the heck were having fun right?
Sheepdog your not old, how about $37.50 out the door for a brand new 16ga bolt action from Sears & Roebucks. Year 1950 oh me. Still got it.
 

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You two don't buy any green bananas, as George Younce used to say....my dear departed Grandad told me when he was a young man he paid for .22 shorts $.25 for two boxes--then he told me he painted all day for $.50 per day---didn't sound too cheap then! I just pray that my Grandyounguns can BUY and SHOOT guns & ammo. The '68 Gun Law put an end to my signing my Mother's name in the registry and buying 15 handguns before I graduated from high school-life was sweet'n'easy then.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Baldy

Come on KP97 tell it like it is. You know we are both two days older than baseball. What the heck were having fun right?
Sheepdog your not old, how about $37.50 out the door for a brand new 16ga bolt action from Sears & Roebucks. Year 1950 oh me. Still got it.
They used to tell me "You know better than that" when I got into trouble. Now they say "He's just old and don't know any better". Growing old has its advantages. :D

Sorry Baldy, The reason your post shows edit is I hit the edit button instead of reply with a quote. What happens when you get old.
 

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Nice guns and great shooters, one day when I'm rich I'll pick up one.
 

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quote:Originally posted by sheepdog

....my dear departed Grandad told me when he was a young man he paid for .22 shorts $.25 for two boxes--then he told me he painted all day for $.50 per day---didn't sound too cheap then!.....
It's all relative. The $0.25 for 2 boxes of 22 shorts in those days was probably harder to come by than whatever the cost is today. What it all boils down to is what percentage of your disposable income is the cost of something now vs. 10, 20, or 50 or so years ago.

I'd bet that we get more bang for our buck now than we did back then.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Ledberel

quote:Originally posted by sheepdog

....my dear departed Grandad told me when he was a young man he paid for .22 shorts $.25 for two boxes--then he told me he painted all day for $.50 per day---didn't sound too cheap then!.....
It's all relative. The $0.25 for 2 boxes of 22 shorts in those days was probably harder to come by than whatever the cost is today. What it all boils down to is what percentage of your disposable income is the cost of something now vs. 10, 20, or 50 or so years ago.

I'd bet that we get more bang for our buck now than we did back then.
I have to agree. The only way I would want to go back to the good old days, is to pick out the good and leave the bad. We are turning into a spoiled generation. Probably not many of us could exist if we had to live like our ancestors did.
 

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".......Probably not many of us could exist if we had to live like our ancestors did."

Boy...isn't that the truth KP97DC. If our country went through another economic depression like in the 30's....blood would run in the streets days before it even became official.
 

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I'm afraid that New Orleans was a pretty good example of what it would be like if we was to have another bad ecomomical deression, or any kind of a national disaster.
 

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Agreed and IMO it'd be us grey hairs who'd have to keep the peace in the neighborhoods-LE would be incredibly busy elsewhere and understaffed-we might see a need for old habits surfacing. The country is not used to doing without, sharing, and co-operating for the good of all...gives Neighborhood Watch a whole new dimension. Love thy neighbor or get back!!! Judging by the number of states passing "No confiscation" laws-people are waking up to just how much we can count on our government for security. Our dads and grandads would not believe they tried that.
 

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In our Dads and Grandads day, government wasn't as intrusive into their lives like it is ours today. It creeps up on you much like trying to boil a frog. That is if you throw a frog into hot boiling water it will jump out, but if you throw it into room temperature water and turn the temp up 1 degree at a time he'll adjust and let himself be cooked to death.

That's what's been happening to us in our country since our Grandfather's day due in large part to people getting too comfortable and not wanting to give it up to remain independent....our generation and afterwards have sold their souls for a few pieces of silver and the day is coming when we're gonna have to pay the price.
 

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Bingo-I'm trying to instill freedom, not rebellion, into my boys hearts...amazing how hard kids work at not making waves these days.
 

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In the late forties I bought a single shot 12 guage for 16.00. Back then kids could buy rifle and shotgun ammo at any hardware store. Not so any more. Forgot to mention I was by myself ( age middle teens ) when I bought the shotgun. Maybe kids were taught more responsibility back then.
 

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Back when laws and regulations aboutarms, ammo and other things weren't even heard of, the american people were very patriotic and quick to come to the aid of their country. The doors stayed unlocked at night and chores were done without complaint. Kids respected the elders [or else ] and polititions had the good of their country in mind, not party squabling and gun control. Things have sure changed.
 
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