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Slugo
March 27, 2011, 08:45 PM
classic older vintage Ithaca Model 37 12ga Deerslayer. 20" barrel and eats 2-3/4" shells. I love the bottom eject port. $125 out the door. Sitting in the closet, right now empty. Will clean it this week and put a few rounds through her. Debating what power shot-shells to use!?! :confused:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_XRKt7pZDw1o/TY_nj3-9baI/AAAAAAAAR8c/Z3XRM-rhAts/IMG_0589.jpg

Webleymkv
March 27, 2011, 08:51 PM
A good #4 Buck loading would seem like a good choice for HD. This one seems good.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=653622

NESHOOTER
March 27, 2011, 08:54 PM
I was told not to use STEEL shot in the older arms. Do also some research on this bizmith is a different route if you do take it hunting.

egor20
March 27, 2011, 08:57 PM
$125 out the door!!!!!

You do know I will hate you for life :D:D:D

I've kinda retired mine, but I also feed it #4 buck.

jaughtman
March 27, 2011, 08:59 PM
and give you $130 for it!

J

Slugo
March 27, 2011, 09:10 PM
thanks guys, and no I ain't sellin' it for a buck-thirty!! :rolleyes:

one thing I never liked about the 37 was, if it jambed, you had to disassemble the gun to clear it because of the single feed/ejection port... :barf:

jaguarxk120
March 28, 2011, 07:43 AM
A very nice find, great gun.

Slugo
March 28, 2011, 08:51 AM
Good home defense for little money...

kozak6
March 28, 2011, 10:08 AM
thanks guys, and no I ain't sellin' it for a buck-thirty!!

Alright, I'll give you a buck thirty five :D.

You really got an awesome deal on an excellent shotgun. I'm so jealous :D.

Ammo choice for home defense is debated here fairly frequently, but #4 buckshot should be considered the minimum. 00 buckshot probably the most popular. Reduced recoil loads might also be a good choice if you are recoil sensitive.

Steel shot should be ok through a cylinder bore, but is not generally considered suitable for home defense.

zippy13
March 28, 2011, 10:43 AM
Post 6:
one thing I never liked about the 37 was, if it jambed, you had to disassemble the gun to clear it because of the single feed/ejection port...

Post 8:
Good home defense for little money…
Am I missing something, here... I'm curious, doesn't #6 negate #8?

Slugo
March 28, 2011, 10:58 AM
I love the bottom discharge, but it does come with a price. Usually have to take the barrel off to clear a jamb, it one were ever to occur...

TheKlawMan
March 28, 2011, 12:11 PM
I love the bottom discharge, but it does come with a price. Usually have to take the barrel off to clear a jamb, it one were ever to occur...

I think Zippy was wondering if the need to disassemble to clear a jamb negates its value for home defense.

BigJimP
March 28, 2011, 12:41 PM
Clearing a jam on a side ejection ...or a bottom ejection ...are about the same thing .... You have about as much room to get your fingers or a tool in there / in the bottom ejection as you would on any side ejection ...

I shot Brownging BPS shotguns for many years in the field / and for Trap ...and the bottom ejection of the Browning was never an issue. In the rare occasion you might have to clear the gun / you should not have to remove the barrel ....just because its a bottom ejection gun.

arizona98tj
March 28, 2011, 10:41 PM
Reduced recoil loads might also be a good choice if you are recoil sensitive.


It isn't always about being recoil sensitive.

Unless you need the extra range that a full house load provides, I doubt the bad guy will notice the difference between being hit @ 5~10 yds with a reduced recoil load and a regular one. On the other hand, a person's ability to follow up with additional shots are easier (quicker) when using reduced recoil loads. And taking 200 or 300 reduced recoil rounds on a training day (X several days in a row) makes for better quality sessions, IMO.

Charles Ellis
March 29, 2011, 09:31 AM
I keep Federal Mag #4 buck in my HD shotgun.34 pellets,good pattern,but does recoil noticibly.I also have 00 buck and slugs on an attached ammo carrier,just in case something else is needed.

10 Beers
April 3, 2011, 11:44 AM
Clearing a jam on a side ejection ...or a bottom ejection ...are about the same thing .... You have about as much room to get your fingers or a tool in there / in the bottom ejection as you would on any side ejection ...

I never had to take mine apart either. I did find a snappy pump stroke worked best, not like Godzila, but snappy.

Sarge
April 3, 2011, 11:52 AM
You stole that one, slugo. I've run a few 37's over the years and they are excellent shotguns. Never had one choke up on me, that I can recall.

Load it with 00 buck and sleep well.

10 Beers
April 3, 2011, 11:57 AM
I got this one for $150 a few months ago, it had a little scope when I got it but I love it with the red dot.

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x122/HoldinMcGroin/sluggo.jpg

Sarge
April 3, 2011, 12:28 PM
I slapped this one (http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=445818) together for about $135 recently. It's entirely serviceable, but not nearly as finely made as a 37 Ithaca.

10 Beers
April 3, 2011, 12:55 PM
By the way, anybody wana buy a half dozen two round plugs. Some are plastic, some wood. They're starting to pile up and I hate to throw out gun parts.:)

youngunz4life
April 3, 2011, 09:36 PM
nice shotgun. I've always liked vintage myself & and the wood makes a nice weapon.

10 Beers
April 4, 2011, 06:24 PM
nice shotgun. I've always liked vintage myself & and the wood makes a nice weapon.

No doubt you're talking about the M37, my 500 may be less pretty and from the wrong side of the tracks but she "puts out". She's also not the only girl in town who can be had for $125. This 37R has a 30 inch barrel with a solid rib and 40 line per inch checkering that runs over the top of the receiver to the front of the trigger guard. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x122/HoldinMcGroin/M37.jpg

Actually I bought both from a friend who gave up murdering deer and birds. I have no use for either of them as I don't hunt (don't mind if you do though) but I can't pass up a good deal. Especially where 12ga pumps are concerned.