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Which to choose: Uncle's 1966 Remington 760 or 1971 Ithaca 37?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BluegrassDan, Mar 16, 2013.

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Which to choose?

Poll closed Apr 15, 2013.
  1. 1966 Remington 760, .30-06, with same period Redfield 3x9x scope

    21 vote(s)
    31.3%
  2. 1971 Ithaca 37 Featherlight, 12 GA, full choke

    46 vote(s)
    68.7%
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  1. BluegrassDan

    BluegrassDan Member

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    My great uncle passed away about a month ago, and he left behind a gun rack full. My aunt could really use the extra $$ so she's selling them off.

    The two I'm most interested in are:

    1966 Remington 760, .30-06, with same period Redfield 3x9x scope.

    or

    1971 Ithaca 37 Featherlight, 12 GA, full choke.

    All of his guns were very well taken care of, and I don't think any of them had even been out of the gun cabinet for the last 15 or 20 years. My dad had to degrease and re-oil the cabinet lock to get it opened. He says that they barely have a scratch on them and the blueing looks nearly perfect.

    I pretty much have what I need in terms of deer rifles and a turkey shotgun. For deer, my main shooter is a Kimber 84m in .308 Win, and I have a pre-64 Winchester 94 in .30-30. For turkeys and small game, I have an Remington 870 Express in 20 GA 3" with adjustable chokes.

    I can probably only afford to get one or the other at this point. Help me decide.

    Thanks!
     
  2. hoghunting

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    Since you only have one shotgun, and it's not a 12 ga, I'd take the Ithaca. Since it was made in 1971, replacement barrels are available if you want to use choke tubes, you could have tubes installed in the current barrel, or you could just use it as it is and enjoy it.
     
  3. kozak6

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    Definitely the Ithaca.

    The Remington 760 is a strange neither fish nor fowl sort of critter, and your rifle needs seem to be fairly well met already.

    The Ithaca model 37, though, is a gem of a pump action shotgun. It might also be useful to have a larger gauge shotgun.
     
  4. 303tom

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    You have 2 Hi-Powerd rifles, take the shotgun...............
     
  5. bannockburn

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    I would go with the Ithaca Model 37 as you seem to be pretty well set with your deer rifle and there's nothing wrong with having a 12 gauge shotgun in the mix. Especially one as nice as a vintage Ithaca Model 37.
     
  6. LeonCarr

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    The Ithaca

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  7. chas08

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    ^^^What He Said^^^
     
  8. wlewisiii

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    No if ands or buts about it - the Ithaca remains the finest pump gun ever made (as far as I am concerned) and will fit well with what you already have.
     
  9. WoodchuckAssassin

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    veeeeery close call. I don't have any experience with the Remmy, but my dad's shot the Ithaca 47 for the bast 47 years...so I've gotta go Ithaca. Great gun.
     
  10. 2zulu1

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    M37, one of the best shotgun actions on the planet. :)
     
  11. BluegrassDan

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    So most nobody thinks a mid-60s 760 with a vintage Redfield would be cooler than the Ithaca?
     
  12. wlewisiii

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    It's not a _bad_ rifle, it's just that it's such a _good_ shotgun.
     
  13. bainter1212

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    While I do like those old Remington 7 series guns, I will have to also say go for the Ithaca. I have a Remington 740 in 30.06 that shoots beautifully, the 760s are even better than the autos. However, you already have some rifles and a real nice shotgun will just complete the picture.
    If the 760 is a better gun than a rifle you already have, but worth about the same, consider trading one of your rifles for the 760 and buying the Ithaca. That way she gets her money and you get your guns :)
     
  14. Centurian22

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    Wow never expected to see a hands down land slide vote for the Ithaca but that's my vote as well. I have an early 74 Ithaca 37 Deerslayer. There is an... 'Interesting' feature of 37's manufactured before late '74 in case you weren't aware. Either google it or PM me for more info if you're curious.
     
  15. Picher

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    In your shoes, I'd take the Ithaca 37, but install a new recoil pad because light 12s kick pretty hard. You may not notice it when hunting, but shooting clays or using turkey loads can be painful, especially if you don't pull back hard on the gun.

    By the way, I've reamed chokes on many full-choke shotgun barrels, changing them to modified or a bit more open. You shouldn't shoot steel shot in a full choke gun because it can damage the barrel over time.
     
  16. hardluk1

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    Take the ithaca, easy choice.
     
  17. Trung Si

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    It's a No Brainer, take the M37, best Pump Shotgun ever made!;)
     
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    Another vote for the Ithaca here......
     
  19. ThatGuyHank

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    I think Biden's advice actually works for this one; "Buy a Shotgun! Buy a shotgun."
     
  20. BluegrassDan

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    Thanks, everyone, for all the good advice. I really didn't know a great deal about the Ithaca 37. Thanks to this thread I'm better informed and look forward to having a new brand in my collection.
     
  21. viking499

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    Sounds like a plan Dan. Pics wen you get it home.
     
  22. Shanghai McCoy

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    The 37's are a solid pumpgun. The bottom load/eject is a cool feature.
     
  23. ErieLurker

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    The Ithaca, without question.
     
  24. Sun Tzu warrior

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    I'd have to say the shotgun as well, Being a southpaw the bottom eject is very appealing to me. At one time I did have a mid 60's Remmy 760 in 30.06 with a circa weaver scope. With necksized reloads I could cover a 100 yard 3 shot group with a quarter. Being family guns, is there anything you could part with so you could get them both?
     
  25. Arp32

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    I have a 1957 M37 and love it. Very fast handling shotgun, it has a very high "feels right" factor.
     
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