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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-26-2010, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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need help with a ithaca shotgun

i would like to turn my ithaca model 37 12 guage into a slug gun. I was thinking about shortening the barrel and getting the receiver drilled for scope rings. Does anyone have any good or bad thoughts on this? Has anyone done this? I know i can buy a new barrel but for that price i can buy a mossberg combo thanks for your opinions
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-26-2010, 11:52 PM
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Re: need help with a ithaca shotgun

All that gunsmithing is going to cost you too. Try to find a used rifled barrel. Most rifled Ithaca barrels are set up to mount scope without drilling/tapping.

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Re: need help with a ithaca shotgun

Shotgun barrels have some play plus the receivers are thin which is why they didn't drill and tap them for receiver scope mounts at the factory..They came up with the cantilever mounts instead, which I never liked much even though they are effective....Still, I do like your idea, I thought about it more than once myself.
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Re: need help with a ithaca shotgun

that model 37 is a very nice gun ,dont mess it up ,,sell it and buy a slug gun
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Re: need help with a ithaca shotgun

The only way to drill and tap is by using a side mount-which would leave you with four ugly holes on the left shoulder of the receiver. Look around for a cantilevered barrel.

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Re: need help with a ithaca shotgun

If it were me, I would sell that Ithaca smoothbore shotgun, and find an Ithaca Deerslayer with rifled barrel and cantilever mount for a scope. The Ithaca Deerslayer has a reputation for being the most accurate deer shotgun on the market. Reason is that the barrel is not removable from the action, making it very strong. I don't think they are made anymore. Check gunbroker.com.

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