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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.
 

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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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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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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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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!:bag: 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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