Ithaca 37 concerns...

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    Ithaca 37 concerns...

    I have been considering buying an Ithaca Featherlight model 37 in 12 ga w/ 20 inch smoothbore w/ rifled sights. I'm fine with it for hunting, but have a couple concerns its duel role for home defense over say a Remington 870. First its desirable to me because its lighter weight and a MUCH smoother action. Quality is higher IMHO over the newer 870. BUT it has only one action bar which bothers me. Also being bottom feed/eject there is no access to the chamber like the 870 has. So a malfunction may be harder to clear. Just looking for feedback pros /cons, thanx
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    I have been using an Ithaca 37 for about 35 years and have never had a problem with single bar. After hundreds or thousand rounds I have needed to adjust the shell stops but the gun is reliable other than that. I have not used it as home defense but for bird hunting.


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    Yoda,
    As a kid we had one. It bagged countless grouse and deer. Alot of turkeys went home with my brother and I using it in turkey shoots with slugs at 50 yds. I love the gun. But have read about the action bars being a weak point. Ever have any double feed issues?Is that why the shell stop needs tweeked? What is proper adjustment?Not familiar with it, thanx
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    One of the shell stops was bent and the other developed a burr not allowing shells from the magazine. I straightened the one and filed the burrs off the other.


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    Ithica Model 37 is one solid shotgun.............nuff said.
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    Don't think twice about the one action bar or the bottom eject which is actually a great feature.
    The 37 is my Home Defense shotty. I have the short Police/Riot barrel on mine.
    The 37 feeds like a champ. Mine never burps. It always cranks them out.

    There are not very many aftermarket Tac-Tickle accessories available for it (like none ) but, mine is 100% "Plain Jane" box stock except for the barrel.

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    That's pretty. I'll take two or three.
    "Rock and load, lock and roll... what's it matter? FIRE!!"

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    QKShooter,
    No tacti cool accessories needed beyond a surefire. I like the plain walnut stocks and rifled sights on her..
    RIP Jeff Cooper

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    LOVE THEM ! ! ! ! ! One thing I like in terms of the "home defense" ..... hold the trigger back and keep pumping, and it keeps on shooting. What more can you ask of a home defense shotgun. Loads quickly and easily as well. Also outshot a 4 yr champion skeet shooter with mine. He was ticked.
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    A great John Browning design. Single action bar is perfectly fine. The shotgun is sturdy and dependable.
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    M37...No Worries

    I carried one in S.E. Asia for the better part of four years...3 tours of duty....1st Marine Div, 5th RECON (1966-1971). Then, when I grew-up and got a real job as an Ohio Highway Patrolman (35 years), I once again had an Ithaca up-front with me. I can honestly say that I NEVER had a failure to feed or fire...any thing, under any conditions. We were testing the effectiveness of Flechett rounds (small 1-1/2" pointed/winged darts) vs 00 Buck. The Flechettes would almost actually nail a VC to a tree....Sorry Charlie. I now have a "newer" Ithaca HD 12 GA, as well as an Ithaca "Sweet-Sixteen (GA) 28" Mod choke, that my Dad bought in 1947 (ser # verified by Ithaca), when he came home from WWII. I still use the old 16 GA every year to harvest small game....And I keep it loaded with 0 Buck as my back-up HD gun. Besides, I am somewhat prejudiced because they are now made in the Great State of Ohio. The fixed barrel to the receiver makes the weapon much stronger, more accurate and dependable that a threaded design. The Ithaca Gun Co. has done a fantastic job of QC in their new manufacturing facility in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, with advanced CNC lathes. Check-one out, the quality will blow-you-away (probably a poor choice of words) ;-)

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    If you find a 37 - featherlight youth ... in 20 ga. let me know, and if it's priced decently it won't be for sale long. This one is for my grandkids.
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