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    Vintage Ithaca Double Barrel Shotgun


    I made an impulse buy at a recent gun show. I bought a vintage Ithaca Gun Company double barrel (side-by-side) 12 gauge shotgun with matching numbers (see attached photos).
    The detail of the engraving is not the best (grade 1 ½), it was refinished, the barrel is a long 30”, and the length of pullis too short for me even with its recoil pad. However, I fell in love with this piece of New York manufacturing history, and I felt the $225.00 price tag was fair.
    The vendor told me it was made “sometime around the war”. I assumed he meant World War II. However, when I contacted the “new” Ithaca Gun Company (the assets were purchased in 2005), I learned that the shotgun was manufactured in 1915.
    I don’t plan on shooting it (at least not with today’s high pressure loads).
    The below link is a good article detailing what you should look for when purchasing a used side-by-side shotgun. In summary, you should look for the following:
    1. Are there cracks or chips in the wood?
    2. Is there evidence of repair to the wood?
    3. Is the level of the wood lower than that of the metal? (proud metal)
    4. Is the checkering clean and in good shape?
    5. Has the checkering been finished over?
    6. Does the guns metal appear refinished?
    7. What is the length of pull to the front trigger?
    8. Is the forearm loose?
    9. What is the % of case color?
    10. Is the engraving sharp?
    11. What is the % of bluing?
    12. Is the lettering on the blued surfaces sharp?
    13. Are the screws damaged?
    14. Is the lever right of center?
    15. Is there movement between the barrel and receiver with the gun closed and the forearm removed?
    16. Is there sideways movement between the barrel and receiver with the gun open?
    17. Does the gun operate properly?
    18. Are the trigger pulls light and crisp?
    19. Do numbers match?
    20. What is the length of the barrels?
    21. What are the chokes?
    22. Is there any pitting in the barrels?
    23. Are there any dents or bulges?
    24. Is there any metal pitting externally?
    25. Has the gun been personalized with numbers, initials, etc.
    https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/buy...right-25-tips/

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    #2
    That's a right purdy shotgun you got there.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Happy Camper View Post
      That's a right purdy shotgun you got there.
      It definitely does make me seem like a FUDD, but I am not. Love it just the same.

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        #4
        Nice find
        III%

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          #5
          Cool gun! These guys specialize in shells for older guns..
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            #6
            Originally posted by NYDeer View Post
            Cool gun! These guys specialize in shells for older guns..
            Thanks for the info. I guess I have to shoot it at least once!

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              #7
              No problem.. There is something for everything now. I can't imagine shotty collectors 'investing' 10-30K on a gun and be happy not being able to shoot it.. so poof, the low pressure shotty shell industry is born..
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                #8
                Nice 100 year old shotty. If its reasonably tight, and not too deeply pitted, there is no reason to avoid shooting it. The low pressure shells are great, and actually do a decent job on pheasants.

                I just picked up a basket-case LC Smith Ideal grade in 16 gauge made in the 1920's. When I get some time, I'm getting her back in the field.
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                  #9
                  That's a beauty. I love the older firearms.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Hunter View Post
                    That's a beauty. I love the older firearms.
                    Thank you. The vendor is a regular at the Middletown gun show. He had others which were similarly priced.

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                      #11
                      You can also use the mini's

                      http://www.aguilaammo.com/shotshell/
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Southshorerob View Post
                        You can also use the mini's

                        http://www.aguilaammo.com/shotshell/
                        Thank you. I hope you do not mind if I call NYDeer and you "Eve" (as in "Adam & Eve") - not that I really need any additional temptation to shoot!
                        Last edited by SimpleMan; 05-10-2016, 07:25 PM.

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                          #13
                          That's a really nice shotgun, I've been wanting a side by side...

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                            #14
                            very nice! really would like a side by side in my collection

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