Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by dak0ta, Nov 3, 2019.
My new to me '73 Featherlight. What a joy to carry afield. Here she is at 1400 meters elevation
An Ithaca is not a "shotty", it is one of the finest pump shotguns made!!
All steel, no stamped parts no alloy parts, and no plastic parts that will break
rendering the gun useless. Real walnut stocks,
All action parts are of machined steel making it one of the smoothest
operating guns made.
To top it off it is lighter than most other pump guns made.
You did very well in buying a Ithaca.
I contemplated the Wingmaster instead but it's a longer receiver and heavier. Better for the duck blind.
The only plastic on mine is the fiber optic front sight and the rubber recoil pad.
I have the 20 gauge version. It is one of my favorites.
They are sweet.
It's sort of suprising how many people are unfamiliar with ithica shotguns.
it has a little bit of artwork on the reciever
Here's my 1964 year Ithaca 37. Mine has a newer stock on it. The former owner had cut the original buttstock too short. so I had to replace it.
Duke you have one of the very scarce "Ultra's" very light and very fast handling.
I have the English stocked Ultra and it is a very nice gun!!!
I would like to add to Jaguarxk120's list of features.
Ithaca's have a solid top receiver so no weather or debris can get into the action.
Ithaca's are bottom ejection so they are great for left handed shooters.
In 2014 I lucked into a tour of the Ithaca plant (they normally don't give tours) in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and I feel they are a better product now than when they were made in NY.
Modern manufacturing techniques abound with extremely high quality.
They are the only brand shotgun I own. (but I am a lefty...)
I was at the open house to.
My HD shotgun:
A 37 the shop I was working at took in in a group of evidence guns from the SO in exchange for work on their duty guns. It had no stock when I bought it, so I bought a John Masen stock set for it. I can use it as a PGO or PGbuttstock. I shot it once as a PGO, put the full stock on and it will stay that way. I have it stoked with alternating Win PDX1 buck and slug and Rem. 0 Buck.
I’m a lefty too and I m prefer the BPS but I still have a Kings Ferry “87” Featherweight Deerslayer.
My 37 is my companion on the dove fields. It way outshines my Moss 930 and 870 express.
I had no idea it was a special model. All I know is was the best grouse gun (when there were grouse around here) I ever hunted with.Thanks for letting me know.
Although it isn't as old as dirt, I have an old Ithaca M 37 or it can't use any barrel made after the early 1950s. To cure the problem; if it was really a problem, my father had a polychoke with a Cutts compensator installed.
It was a big moment for a kid as it replaced the double barrel I used after my father bought an 1100.
I still admire how slick the action is.. With the butt on the floor and barrel pointed at the ceiling; push the slide release and the bolt drops; very few modern pump shotguns will do the same..
When I found my Ultra in a LGS, I did not wait or handle the gun, just put my money down and bought it!
The guy's there had no idea what they had, and they didn't care, they are into the new stuff.
Could not find any production numbers for the Ultraltght series of guns.
TikkaShooter, If you were so inclined and wanted to use newer Ithaca barrels you could send your receiver back and they would machine the receiver to accept the newer style interchangeable barrels. Your old barrel would no longer fit and you would have to buy newer style barrel. (Think screw in chokes.) I don't remember what the cost was but it seemed reasonable for what was being done. I almost had that done and then came across a newer style Ithaca for a ridiculous low price and bought it. (fixed choke).
Older barrels can be found and Diamond Gun Smithing can fit them to your receiver.
It is big bucks to convert a older receiver to take newer barrels!
Plus the poly choke can be removed and thin wall chokes could be installed.
You would have a shorter barrel, but faster handling.
I have a 1972 model 37 with 2 barrels. Tried to sell one but no one wants a non-vent rib barrel so I may cut one back a few inches and make a quail barrel out of it.
Thank you and I knew.. There are way too many memories there to change it. To me, it is a family firearm which is its importance.
Here is something you may find useful....
Thanks! Now I know mine was made in 1980.
The Ithaca 37 and Browning BPS are modeled after the John Moses Browning patent that became the Remington model 17.
The slickest, lightest 20 ga. ever.
I almost took mine dove hunting yesterday, but I went with the benelli because I was carrying my blind and wanted the sling. If I’d seen this first the Ithaca would have gone.
I had a very nice M37, sold it to someone here. It had had the stock cut by a previous female owner, but I was OK with that and heavy hunting clothes.
It was a vent rib full choke, older gun so no interchangeable barrels at that time. I needed a little less choke, the person here who bought it got a very clean example.
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