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Bill K
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:16 am  Reply with quote



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I知 looking at an Ithica 37 Featherweight in 16 GA.

Serial number is 371092123, I think it痴 2006 or newer.

I was really looking for a vintage 37 Featherweight in 16, but I知 not sure what would be considered 宋intage.

From my experiences the older 37 featherweights were as as slick as a whistle.

Help me decide if I want this gun - please.
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Beagleman
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:04 pm  Reply with quote



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Get both! They can keep each other company. You can find 2 for under $1000. I dont know about you but I've spent a lot more and gotten a lot less. You are correct. The older 37's are slick and also light on an all day hunt.

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Cheesy
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:12 pm  Reply with quote



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The newer ones are heavy with heavy walled barrels for screw in chokes.

I like the older ones, early 50's with cut checkering on the buttstock. Or earlier than that, with cut checkering on the fore-end. Not a fan of the impressed checkering on the later ones.
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Swampy16
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:04 pm  Reply with quote



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What Cheesy said. How on earth does a company produce a classic like the 37 with such heavy barrels and think they池e going to be successful? I don稚 get it. They were 6lbs and now 7+. It just makes no sense to me.
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Bill K
PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:53 pm  Reply with quote



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Update.

I致e found another 37 made in 1957, and I think this is the one.

I知 in my late sixties and the 37痴 I remember in the hands of my previous generation were legendary, featherlight models were super light weight, and shucked like butter. I remember someone firing one as fast as a semi-automatic, then I read about older 37痴 ability to 壮lam fire.

All things considered, I presume one ounce loads are the best diet for this old girl.

I guess I got bit by the nostalgia bug bad.

I did some research - 37痴 have an impressive history, the previous generation spoke of them reverently. The newer ones 租on稚 blow any warm air up my skirt (in a manner of speaking). The older ones really hold their values, and the prices they ask for the new ones really blows my mind.

It will be interesting to see how this 祖rush works out, but I think it痴 going to be fun.
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S.davis
PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:00 am  Reply with quote



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I own new and vintage Ithacas. The new ones are very well made, and priced accordingly. Not sure, adjusted for inflation, that it is any more than they cost in 1950. There are probably 3 modern pump guns worth owning, and they are all in the same price range. And while Ithaca quality has ebbed and flowed in different eras, the new guns are as well-made as anything they every produced. They are, obviously, heavier which is what happens when you build a gun for modern ammo, so they balance differently and are not as lively and won稚 slam fire, but they are probably the nicest pump action guns you can purchase new, and are still cheaper than a middling auto loader or a crappy double gun.
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fallschirmjaeger
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:44 pm  Reply with quote



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Bill K wrote:
I知 looking at an Ithica 37 Featherweight in 16 GA.

Serial number is 371092123, I think it痴 2006 or newer.

I was really looking for a vintage 37 Featherweight in 16, but I知 not sure what would be considered 宋intage.

From my experiences the older 37 featherweights were as as slick as a whistle.

Help me decide if I want this gun - please.


Two years ago I spent quite a bit of time looking for an M37 Featherweight in 16 gauge at the price I wanted to pay. I finally found one for a very good price and it even came with a very interesting peep sight that was designed to be mounted using elongated action bolts in the receiver. I removed that and saved it, as I didnt really have a need for sights on a gun I planned to use for upland hunting. I opened the choke and hunted with it that year and really enjoyed it. I'm currently working on converting the pistol grip to an English stock. It will shave an ounce or two and point a little more naturally for me. I can't wait to try it out this season. I believe this was made in the 50s and has a corncob forend.
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df
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:31 pm  Reply with quote



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I owned one of the new 37s. Very nice and well built. But I was quite heavy, I sold it.
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Bill K
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:09 pm  Reply with quote



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Update.

I recently purchased a 宋intage (circa 1957) Ithaca 37 Featherlight in 16 GA, and it is exactly what I remembered and exactly what I wanted.

Whereas the 37 I owned back a number of years ago in 12 GA simply wasn稚 what I expected nor wanted.

So, for now I intend to surrender to fantasy and spend the next couple months romancing guns, and dogs, and birds, and hunting grounds.

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sage1
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:08 pm  Reply with quote



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I have a 1940痴 or 50痴 37 in 16ga. Bought it used in 1969. It痴 in fine condition but has a Weaver choke on it. Never been fond of those or the Cutts. The gun hasn稚 been fired in forever but I致e considered having it choke tubed to get rid of the Weaver. It痴 a plain barrel. Any thoughts about doing that? Haven稚 considered selling it, didn稚 know there was a market for them. Thanks
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kgb
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:36 pm  Reply with quote
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sage1 wrote:
I have a 1940痴 or 50痴 37 in 16ga. Bought it used in 1969. It痴 in fine condition but has a Weaver choke on it. Never been fond of those or the Cutts. The gun hasn稚 been fired in forever but I致e considered having it choke tubed to get rid of the Weaver. It痴 a plain barrel. Any thoughts about doing that? Haven稚 considered selling it, didn稚 know there was a market for them. Thanks


How long is the barrel once the Weaver choke is removed? If it's acceptable at that length there is little reason not to have choke tubes installed.

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