View Full Version : Ithaca Shotgun

May 9, 2005, 11:38 AM
My dad just brought out his old Ithaca 12 gauge pump action from when he was about 19 when he saw me making pictures of my sig 226. I've never seen one, and really am ignorant when it comes to shotguns. It's a 4+1 with a long barrel. Other than that I'm pretty clueless. What is quality like on those and what would it be worth more or less if we sold it for something a little newer, or is it a keeper? Don't think there's much sentimental value as Dad is a little paranoid about guns, and hasn't shot it in probably 20+ years.

May 9, 2005, 12:43 PM
It's tops! THE eminent pump shotgun, the head of the class among pumps. Ithaca pumps are ALWAYS keepers. Just my .2 euros

May 9, 2005, 01:19 PM
The Ithaca Model 37 is very much a keeper.

It was the last long gun designed by John Browning, and it's the last pump gun still being made of solid milled steel.

An Ithaca from that era would be of VERY good quality, and you won't find anything made today with that level of quality, materials, or workmanship.

Other than being new, anything you buy today will not have any real advantage over the 37.

May 9, 2005, 02:30 PM
Ithacas are great shotguns. High quality, very light, smooth action, and best of all...made in the U.S. of A :D . I have an Ithaca from around the 60's in 16ga. It's an awsome upland/rabbit and squrriel gun.

May 9, 2005, 07:07 PM
Well, things at Ithaca haven't changed much. The action is still machined from a 6 pound block of steel along with most of the internals. I toured the factory a bit ago and it is a very hands on type factory. I was impressed with all the hand work involved with fitting and testing. I only live 50 miles or so from Ithaca. They make a great gun that will last a lifetime and then some.

May 10, 2005, 01:26 PM
Fantastic guys, thanks for the info, as I said I know nothing about shotgunning.

May 20, 2005, 11:25 AM
The Ithaca is one of the USA-Made Big Four...Remington, Winchester & Mossberg are the other 3.

A very good, solid shotgun. Some police agencies still use them.

Only caveat...If that shotty has the original barrel, [more than about 20 years old] DO NOT USE the steel or any other of the new "non-toxic" loads. LEAD SHOT ONLY.

Otherwise, take it out every so often and blaze away. You will not be disappointed.

May 20, 2005, 01:45 PM
Advisio to previous comment, Take it to a good gunsmith and ask him if you can fire steel in it. The gun may not be that old,maybe made in the seventies and be perfectly usuable with steel, if it has the right choke, Also, most Mod 37's have enough barrel wall thickness that if you wanted too you could get choke tubes installed, Only the Ultra-featherlight barrels for the aluminum reciever 4.5 pound 20 gauges do not have wall thickness sufficient for tubes.