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Old 05-26-2012, 03:46 PM   #46
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Not dead set, but really liked both the look and history of the gun.
I hear ya, there's plenty of other beautiful wood&blued guns out there. I hear a lot about the old 870 wing masters and such.
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Old 05-26-2012, 09:37 PM   #47
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I had an 870 Wingmaster from about 1984 until a few years ago. Very pretty gun that I had many memories with, Sold it when I bought a Beretta O/U. It was a 12 gauge, I would like one like it in a 20.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:13 PM   #48
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Not dead set, but really liked both the look and history of the gun.
Keep the faith and keep looking for the right 37.


I had one when I was young, and after going through every shotgun known to man, I decided to start hunting for another 37. For the last few years I've checked the used gun rack of every shop I entered. I was stunned at the $$ the dealers wanted for some severely clapped out Ithaca 37's.


Today I went into a store I frequent, but don't much care for, and they had a pair of 37's on the rack. I looked them over and they are both about 85% condition so I threw an offer on both. Walked out with a 28" barrel 12 ga from 1957 and a 26" barrel 20 ga from 1965.


They looked like they'd been traded as a pair, so I took them home the same way. $525 for both which I thought was pretty reasonable given the vintage and condition. Now I get to play around converting them to the lefty safety and deciding whether I want to do a resto on them or not.








Hope you finally find the 37 that suits you. They're worth the wait!
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:52 PM   #49
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Is there a date stamp on those?
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:34 PM   #50
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Is there a date stamp on those?
Ithacagun.com has a list of serial numbers by year. One of the guns I got has some strange proof marks on it I'm trying to look up, but no luck yet.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:39 PM   #51
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Actually just had a mid 70's model 37 light weight fall in to my lap with a DeerSlayer slug barrel and a full choke vent rib barrel.

wow it is light .. kicks like a mule though.. LOL to used to my 1100's and al390..

Bambi and coyotes soon..
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:43 PM   #52
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Actually just had a late 60's model 37 light weight fall in to my lap with a DeerSlayer slug barrel and a full choke barrel.

wow it is light .. kicks like a mule though.. LOL to used to my 1100's and al390..

Bambi and coyotes soon..
I had close to the same thing. Deerslayer barrel (20") and a longer barrel too.

$100.

It's a hell of a fun gun.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:09 PM   #53
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I had close to the same thing. Deerslayer barrel (20") and a longer barrel too.

$100.

It's a hell of a fun gun.
just looked at the numbers he thought it was from the 60's and it is from 1976 good year(200 year old country).. forgot to state the vent rib full choke barrel.
I gave 175 for it. I thought it was worth it.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:29 PM   #54
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The serial number on mine indicates a 1978 year with the vented rib. Thanks for the link.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:07 AM   #55
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This is primarily because I am right-handed but left-eyed so I shoot longarms left-handed. I look for longarms that don't eject right into my face.
I understand and there are so few of us. Do you think we were turned in the womb?
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:33 PM   #56
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Took the two 37's down for a good cleaning tonight. I can't believe I remembered how to disassemble one after 30 years.



The 20 taken down.



The 12



Both shined up and ready to go.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:38 PM   #57
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CSMC RBL 28 sbs matched pair


...Point being Ithaca is a great shotgun, but there are others that are more universal, particularly if you want to modify it at all.
I know this is a model 37 thread and my apologies to the OP, but I saw your RBLs listed and thought I would ask if you're pleased with them. I just picked up an RBL 12ga. SxS a few weeks ago at CSMC and am loving it so far. In the showroom, the RBLs did seem to vary quite a bit with respect to wood-to-metal fit though.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #58
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Overall yes, very hard to find a 28 gauge, true small action side by side, and if you do they're probably gonna be spanish.

I think the exhibition grade wood could be a bit prettier for the upgrade cost, but it is overall well executed. And the engraving could be deeper, but they machine the actions from tool steel, so it is not just surface hardened after engraving. I cannot imagine hand engraving tool steel actions.
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Overall yes, very hard to find a 28 gauge, true small action side by side, and if you do they're probably gonna be spanish.

I think the exhibition grade wood could be a bit prettier for the upgrade cost, but it is overall well executed. And the engraving could be deeper, but they machine the actions from tool steel, so it is not just surface hardened after engraving. I cannot imagine hand engraving tool steel actions.
Thanks for the reply. I can't stand recoil pads and spacers, but after getting a quote to re-stock mine (with comparable wood) upon purchase for a 15-5/8" LOP, I went with the hated pad and spacer. I haven't weighed the RBL, but it seems considerably heavier than my similarly spec'd English doubles. Nevertheless, it fits me, mounts and points well, and appears that it will be a great field gun. I agree about the engraving, but on the whole, I think the RBL is a good value.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:50 AM   #60
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Something I found a while ago at a gun show. Man did I like it a lot. Stevens model 520-30 trench gun. This one is probably from about 1938 I think, asking price was $750, but probably could have gotten it for $600. BUT had not a drop of cash on me at the time..... that thing is just sexy. Maybe we need a trenchgun thread.
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