What do u all think of the ithica model 37 in 20ga

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by englishpointer, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. englishpointer

    englishpointer New Member

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    I went pheasant hunting today and got three nice roosters with mine. I love how lite these old guns are.
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    The Ithaca Model 37 has stood the test of time like the Remington 870 shotgun. They are fine shotguns and also the bottom ejection of the spent case is a great feature. And bird hunting is something I really miss! Use to have two English Setters and hunt pheasants in Northern Indiana. Great times!

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  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Ithaca was a great gunmaker. Lousy businessmen, but great gunmakers. Cost of production got away from them, they did not pay the Federal Excise taxes they had piled up, and the tax man shut them down.
     
  4. onenut58

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    The model 37 was originaly the model 17 remington. Remington was making the model 17 ,25 and 31 at the same time and dropped the 25 and 17. When the pattent rites ran out Ithica took over and made them ever since. being bottom eject they were amerdextrious and being light wieght they have a little more kick but are a pleasant to pack.John Browning designed it.Tthe remingotn model 31 was desighned after it with a side eject.i have been dealing on a nice older one in 12 gauge
     
  5. englishpointer

    englishpointer New Member

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    Does the 12ga have the corncob fore end? Or does it have a fore end with checkering?
     
  6. chuckusaret

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    I have a 1966 Model 37 and the fore end is the corn cob style.
     
  7. Old_Crow

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    I like the Ithaca design but I never got on board with them. The bottom eject is great for lefties but it can be pain when reloading on the move. I am trying to catch up to the dog with a Mossberg I know the forearm is back with out looking. We all know once the dog scatters the birds in just a minute he will be pointing singles.
     
  8. onenut58

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    The one I am dealing on is a seventies vintage with a checkered forend
     
  9. englishpointer

    englishpointer New Member

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    I've never had a problem with the bottom feed trying to reload on the move. When the dogs on point the dogs on point. He won't break until I release him.
     
  10. englishpointer

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    The checkered fore end is what I have. Very nice, clean looking gun. The gun is deadly when shouldered. Easy to target.
     
  11. Slugo

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    One of my all time favorites...
     
  12. Old_Crow

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    The bird will run no matter how good your dog might be. Why dick around and make it harder on the dog that is begging you to shoot the bird? Most of the time when I was shooting an Ithaca I borrowed it. I never got a chance to get used to the gun or for an Ithaca to win me over.

    I am happy with Mossbergs. I know exactly what is going on without looking. Why should I buy a gun I have to get used too? They both are great guns. I just prefer a Mossberg. If I was left handed I would be searching for a gun that fit me. I would likely own a Ithaca or Browning Pump (BPS) if I was left handed
     
  13. Highhawk8

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    I believe Ithica is under new management and production has moved to Ohio. Based on the quality and price, it appears that they are targeting the high quality pump market, along with Browning.

    I handled a new Ithica 37 at Cabelas and it was beautiful. The rib was dovetailed to the barrel, the bolt was jeweled, and the fit & finish seemed to be miles ahead of other pumps like the 870. If I were in the market for a pump, I would be tempted to spend the extra money for the Ithica and keep it forever.
     
  15. Virginian

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    Almost everyone has a big preference for safety locations it would appear. I happen to have a similar strong preference for side eject and single loading. I think the BPS is as good as it gets design wise, but I could never warm up to that bottom loading, even though I had three that never bobbled once. I never owned an Ithaca, but have shot them plenty, and they are nice to carry afield. The Ithacas have a dedicated following, like the Model 12s and the 16 gauge. Enjoy yours in good health.
     
  16. WebleyFosbery38

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    Ive had an early 70's Featherlight for 30 years and its the best shotguns Ive ever owned. Ive got the Buckbuster Barrel and the Bird Barrel and its been a great piece, never fails. I shoot ambidextrous so I love the bottom eject, reloading isnt a big deal when you get used to it. It does have a little more kick than my Grandfathers Rem M11, My old Mossy or Wards Western but worth ever ounce of it if your carrying it all day long.
     
  17. tigerbeetle

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    I have had my 37 since the early '70s. It is a fantastic little shotgun that I just don't shoot enough. When I bought it it came with the 26" IC barrel. That was good for doves and quail most the time. I decided I wanted a little more reach from time to time and picked up a new 28" Mod barrel. That was the a real winner. I used the 28" for teal and woodies in the early season.

    But I am afraid I have lost it.:( My daughter has taken up hunting with her brother and me. But, that is okay. It is still in the family and won't be going anywhere. I planned on her having it in a few years anyway. She is a pretty good shot btw. TB :)
     
  18. Mercator

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    I handled a NEW (resurrected) 37 at a gun shop. The factory is in Sandusky, OH. The New M37 is rarely seen in retail or at gun shows. I think you need to order it from Ithaca.

    To me it looked and felt as good as the original. The slide moved like on tracks, no rattles. The company says the barrel is integral to the receiver, for strength. I don't know how much difference it makes, except you can't change it. I don't care for the bottom ejection but some lefties do. It was about $800, a lot for a pump which was why I didn't buy it. A $500 Supernova suits me better.
     
  19. AR10

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    No pics in this thread is a real drag.
     
  20. WebleyFosbery38

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    Love my featherlight, been mine for 35 years and it was nicely broken in when I bought it from ny Brother Inlaw! I shoot lefty and it is so nice to carry for long walks. My old Wards Western was like carrying a cannon (great goose gun). Ive got the Deerslayer Barrel and the bird barrel, about 1 minute to changeover. Throws a slug perfectly!

    Buy a Featherlight, you will love it!