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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-28-2010, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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good news for christmas!

so my wifes family does the kind of "secret santa" thing for christmas because her family is rather large. it never stays a secret very long, they always say who they chose anyway. well, my brother in law drew my name this year and i overheard him saying he wants to give me one of his ithaca model 37 shotguns as my gift. to say the least i was excited. one problem with it though, its a smoothbore(dont know if its the original barrel or not, he bought it used) and he says he cant hit the broad side of a barn from inside with slugs. its not a huge problem for me, but i was just wodering if anyone has any sites i could visit to find a rifled barrel for it. also, im trying to get ahold of him to find the serial number to figure out the date of maufacture.

as a side note, i did end up carrying his other shotgun(another model 37) for a day when i hunted a shotgun/muzzle loader only area, and man, those things are light! i dated it, and it was made in 1939. serial number 15XXX. it was the featherlite model, no vent rib, top of reciever was checkered and i believe it was the 26" barrel. didnt measure it. but i have to admit, these ithaca's are in my mind the nicest overall shotguns on the market.

why are you looking down here? the good stuff is up there(points upwards, ok, work with me here).
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-28-2010, 07:51 PM
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Model 37's are great shot guns, I have a couple of older ones with the corn cob forearms. What you need to find out is if the deerslayer barrels would fit on it. I really don't know. I heard that those slug guns kicked like a mule because of the light weight. Good luck.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-28-2010, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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im not really concerned with recoil all that much really. ive shot muzzle loaders and i owned a .300WM. im not really sensitive to recoil, and im going to keep it a 16GA. i dont want to dive into trying to switch it to a 12GA. even though everything for a 16 is getting harder and harder to find.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 04:37 AM
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The value on 16's is raising, use to be if it was a 16 ga the price was reduced. Now collectors are liking the 16 again.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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i know, and the 16 was pretty much ithaca's flagship chambering, right? its a stellar deer gun, smooth short cycling, easy handling with the 20" barrel. its about the best brush gun you could ask for. at least to me.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 06:44 PM
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not sure on the ga numbers produced by Ithaca but both mine are 12 ga models. A very long time ago I lost my Dad's favorite 12 ga Ithaca in Lake Erie. I even hired a diver to locate it but to no avail. For a while Dad and son didn't have much to say to each other! Not one of my finer moments in life. I did later replace it with a really nice Ithaca 37 but it didn't really replace HIS shot gun.
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