Pictures of your Ithaca Model 37

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:52 pm
Fine looking set...!!

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twistedoak wrote:its a rem 17


It is indeed!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:32 pm
Welcome to the Ithaca Owners Forum Ithaca4e !!

What year is your shotgun from...?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:26 pm
My 37 that I picked up as a project. Turns out it has already been poorly refinished. Additional work will obliterate the game scenes and barrel markings. Unfortunately it likely will just stay like this.
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My AOW an Ithaca 37 from the Missouri State Prison circa 1973.
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 10:48 am
I picked up a Model 37 Ultralight 20 Gauge
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 1:50 am
That looks sweet! wish we could just pick up the odd 20g 37 over here! The last one I saw for sale was £595, close to $900
Love your backdrop too, nice quilting
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:06 pm
Hi Guys,
Thought I would post a pic of the ol' '65 with new clothes......
Black Warrior Assault stock, cut-down and 'dremelled' out Rem 870 forend, home-made fluorescent tunnel clip-on fibre optic front sight, webbing shell carrier, Brownell universal heatshield, 5mw laser

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:14 pm
Boy it must be fun slam firing that baby!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:50 am
Donald wrote:Boy it must be fun slam firing that baby!


You, Sir, come from the same place as me!
With the super-bright (daylight) laser, slam firing is surprisingly accurate and instinctive and, from the shoulder, with the 4mm hi vis fibre-optic, fast target acquisition permits further accurate use of the slam-fire option, I just love it!
All this furniture will soon be transferred to my new (to me) 10 shot '71 model 37 and the '65 will get a full restore and will be returned to its sedate, wing shooting former life, but never retired!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:29 pm
Impressive and very creative.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:31 am
Thank you Sir!
The old '65 has been my IPSC test bed for the best part of the last year and has digested in excess of 2500 rounds of varying quality in my experiments with sights, red dots, lasers, speed loaders, stocks, shell carriers, slings, not to mention the cartridges themselves. Sure, I've had a few fail to extract, but I believe those were mostly ammunition related. Other than that the old girl has not missed a beat, testament in my opinion to the quality of materials and build of my 37. Many parts and tryouts were hand made due to the shortage and high cost of US parts over here. This site and a similar in the UK has been invaluable for my project. With the brand new BPS as back-up gun only used on a couple of occasions (crap cartridge stuck in 37,s chamber) and most of my other shotguns in various stages of repair and restoration, the '65 has served me well. It was bought fairly cheaply at auction due to the shortage ( few people sell them ) of 37's over here and I have no idea of its previous life. I am looking forward to restoring it, it will always be a favourite, it's like family. I am hoping that the new one ('71) will be as good and with its higher magazine capacity will enable me to get some good results in competition.
Watch this space!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:51 pm
You have earned your Props, you are anything but a slop jockey. You do good careful work. I don't know if you could do it in the UK, but you could do this for other's and a gunsmith that specializes in certain types of firearms. You don't ahve to know everything, just concentrate on your strengths and specialties. I don't think you will have any issues with your '71. It'll work like liquid glass.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:08 pm
Food for thought there, Sir, Thank you
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One word of advice. If you decide to make the plunge, do it because you love it and you want to help people do the right thing. BUt I am sure you'd be good at it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:24 am
At last my upgrade licence arrived and I was able to collect my new guns. Together with a Valtro PM5 I am very happy to now have my high capacity 37 which has joined its older sister and with a change of clothes is ready for competition. It is a '71 model with custom 10+1 capacity magazine. The '65 now wears the stock and forend from the '71 and the original '65 furniture will be restored over time

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:34 am
Looks COOL! Boy I bet that barrel would be almost glowing after empting that mag rapidly. Donald
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:29 pm
Nice work. That is a mean looking mother. How does it handle?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 5:48 pm
Not got to the range yet, but home try-outs with inert (weighted) dummy rounds have shown it to be very muzzle heavy when fully loaded (no surprises there then!) fortunately the long, fully threaded stock mounting bolt gives me the opportunity to lock in place (with a nut either side) any number of lead slugs to counter balance. Sure, she'll be a heavy beast but the weight, combined with the soft recoil pad and full pistol grip will make her a soft shooter, I hope! Well that's the plan anyway. this is not a gun to carry around all day in the field so I am not too worried about the weight. Short, sharp, tactical competition stages will be this guns home. The division that I will compete in with this gun limits the initial load to 7 + 1 but once the start signal is given, I can get a useful edge with the extra 3 rounds. The large (4mm) hi-vis tunnel sight caused me to shoot high when on the old '65 so I'm guessing it will be similar on this one and my developed '6 o'clock on target hold' will hopefully work for me again. Probably not get to shoot this weekend as our club is hosting a national competition and I am on the range control and scoring staff. I will update when I get range time, can't wait!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:55 pm
Cool, be sure to post when you take it out for a test drive.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:20 pm
I finally got some range time after a particularly busy early summer, working transport at Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower shows, Wimbledon Tennis and Farnborough International Air Fair. I gave the high capacity 37 a good workout with 28g fibre wad shells and had no fails to extract (happy about that!) Unfortunately on the last stage the spot welds on the action bar broke! Still, not a major repair and the gun performed faultlessly up to the breakage. It has great balance, even fully loaded (with 2 ounces on the stock bolt at the butt pad end) (Thanks to Raven for that pointer!!) and is a real softy to shoot. A lot of rounds and a hard first time out for this gun but it promises good performance in future. The half choke is just about the perfect compromise for knockdown, birdshot spread and range at steel plates. Yet to try with OO buck and will seek out a nice soft slug round for safe use with 1/2 choke (any thoughts?)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:01 am
impala59 wrote: Unfortunately on the last stage the spot welds on the action bar broke![/attachment]


Exactly the same thing happened to me the first time I shot an M37. (It was a M&P DSPS made in 1982, I think.) I had gone to a clay shoot in order to see if I would like clay shooting and took my late father's gun. After the eighth shot, the spot weld broke.

As I understand it, they used to use four spot welds and then changed to two. On *this* gun, only one of these had "taken" with the result that it had been operating on a single spot weld for thirty years.

And then "chaos" came along...

It won't break again; I had our local blacksmith weld up both sides of the action bar.

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I decided to make my own repair, and not having immediate access to welding equipment, went another way. I decided to screw and epoxy the two parts together and then discovered that the weld that was left in the bar is the hardest substance known to man! 4 tungsten carbide HS drills and two needle point grinding tools later and I had two holes! At last!!
I tapped the holes for M4 screws and made a shallow countersink. I assembled with Araldite steel epoxy and when dry ground the screw heads to the bar profile. I dremelled the inside to flush fit and then cold blued the exposed metal (not really my forte, more practice needed in that field) I sprayed the whole thing, in and out, with ACF50 protective lubricant and wiped off after an hour or so.(It keeps the Harley rust free on our salted winter roads, so should protect a cherished 37!) Re-assembled the gun and its rock solid for another few years. I guess that if in the States I would simply have bought another fore-end tube/bar, unfortunately, over here the average gun dealer spares inventory for Ithaca is Zero!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:41 pm
Well done, probably better than the spot weld system anyways.
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