I recently got a great deal on an old (made in 1947) Ithaca 37 with a 28 inch barrel. The wood was water-stained, but I thought that it would clean up nicely and in fact it did. After a little re-vamp, both the stock and forend look great. Everything was coated in petrified lube/dirt and I enjoyed taking it entirely apart, scrubbing it, and resembling it.
My dilemma is should I have the barrel cut to 18 inches, or leave it at 28?
Part of me would like to have it cut to 18 inches to make it a handy HD shotgun. It's not as if it has some great collectors value or anything. On the other hand, I feel bad about mutilating a nice old gun and it does handle well with its LONG barrel. Also, I'm not crazy about increasing the spread. Lastly, any new shotgun that I will buy will have either a 18 or 20 inch barrel so maybe I should keep this as my one extra long shotgun. (Not that I'm sure what I need one for.)