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Old 10-04-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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My wife single shot Ithaca M66 12 Gage 3" Full Choke broke in half at the receiver. We were using Wally World Federal bulk 2 3/4 #8 shot when she noticed the gun open and ejected the shell without here releasing the lever. Second shot it did the same. The the barrel fell off. I never scene this happen before with a single shot I was magnum rated gun so low powered loads should not have been an issue. She ended up finishing with my friend Browning auto. We are now looking for a Browning auto for her. I told her we need to get two one for me.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:31 PM   #2
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Wow! Any sign of fatigue in the metal? How about some close up shots of the actual break.

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Looked like there is coating in the crack.

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Sorry, your picture isn't very clear. If there is something in the crack that indicates the metal was failing for a little while and finally let go. It could be oil or solvents from cleaning.

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Sorry, your picture isn't very clear. If there is something in the crack that indicates the metal was failing for a little while and finally let go. It could be oil or solvents from cleaning.
The top corner that is light is cerakote the rest of the break is the dark metal.
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Best I can see it appears to have some of the coating in the crack. So they "painted" a broke weapon. Wow!

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Wow, i hope that isn't the case.

Nice looking shotty; my dad has had a 12 guage Ithica with that lever release for most of my life. I always found the lever release thing odd. His isn't that pretty.

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These were entry level guns. Anytime something is inexpensive then quality is iffy. The recievers are a "mystery metal" casting. I have seen others of this model break in half.

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My wife is looking to buy a FRANCHI I-12
to replace it. What you guys think? Should I let her have it. It is a lot better gun then I have so if I come home with new shotgun she shouldn't complain. She started looking at cheaper guns but but didn't like the poly stocks and wanted something that she will treasure.

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Looks like abuse through slamming it closed too hard to me. Look at the bent part under the break action. Maybe a combo of slam open and slam shut...

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