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Looking for a little experienced help. I am looking at a shotgun for skeet/trap. I am left-handed and I have been looking at bottom-ejecting models - Browning & Ithaca.

Quality and price issues aside, I am wondering if there is any specific down-side to bottom-eject? Any additional complications associated with them?

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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I once owned a Ithaca M-37. It was a solidly built gun and functioned perfectly. Bottom eject provides for a stronger receiver and the hulls are always neatly piled around your feet. I always regret selling it. Not familiar with the Browning.
 

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I suggest you ask Sixto.

He knows a bit about shotguns. I just shoot them now and again, and never for Trap/Skeet.

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I dont own one, but I have shot a few when looking for a new bird gun... the BPS is a really nice shotgun. Its was just to heavy for a field gun IMO.
But, it would make an excellent clays gun.

I've yet to hear anything negative about the Ithaca's, but once again, I dont own one myself.
 

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I have an aging Remington model 10 which bottom feeds/bottom ejects like the Ithaca, and love the old residenter.
My best friend had an Ithaca -- matter of fact, he had three -- and it was absolutely reliable, fit him like a glove and never would trade out of them!
(I know! I tried!)
 

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I also once had an Ithaca model 37 featherweight riot shotty. Old enough to be the slam-fire version(around 1976). Bottom eject is awesome in my book. No downside I can think of. I'm still sort of kicking myself over selling that one after getting it re-parkerized and reworked by Diamond gunsmithing in PA. I don't dwell on the past, it's just I still have the memories. I really shouldn't kick myself too hard over selling my former Ithaca 37.........I should actually shoot one of my big toes off!
 

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I have an Ithaca downward ejecting shotgun, love it, had it for years and years and wouldn't trade it for anything. It's held up and still like a new gun. It's never hung up or had any issues at all, and I've shot a lot with this gun. Fits me perfectly as well.
 

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Thanks for the replies, everyone.

I am pretty much set now. I was thinking I would have to pick up a used s/s or o/u until I started researching these.

Thanks again.
 

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For sport, there are no negatives for a bottom-ejecting gun that I can think of.

For combat, yes there are. Bottom eject can be an issue if you are prone. Ejecting shells in front of your feet can also trip you up if you are moving. For combat, I prefer my spent shells to land well away from me.
 
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