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Old January 24, 2013, 12:29 PM   #10
Mike Irwin
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Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
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I have my Father's Ithaca Model 37 12 gauge. He bought it new around 1951-52, I think. I've shot it a lot over the years.

The one thing I don't like about the Ithaca is the recoil because it is so light. A day of dove shooting will leave you battered, even with a slip on recoil pad.

When Dad's eyes started giving him problems and he was told not to shoot the Ithaca anymore (Dr. feared more detached retinas), I more or less took it over and got him an autoloader. Then Mom and Dad got me a Winchester 1200 (amazing how much heavier it is!) for Christmas, and I've not shot the Ithaca much since.

That said, I will never, ever get rid of it, and I'm always on the look out for a nice 16 or 20 gauge with the corncob forearm.
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