BTW, I have a Model 37 Super Deluxe Deerslayer that I bought new in 1963. I think I paid about $105 for it. For a short period of time back then, the Super Deluxe Deerslayer came with a rubber recoil pad, Williams Peep Sight, interchangeable Ithaca RayBar front blade in both smoke black and fluorescent, and a leather sling. Gun was also rumored to have a lighter trigger pull than a standard Model 37 but I never confirmed it. I do know it has a very crisp trigger with no creep.
Anyhow, that old smoothbore Deerslayer was incredibly accurate with plain old Foster type slugs. Many might not know that Ithaca bored the 12 guage .010 inches tighter than standard cylinder bore. The theory being a tighter gas seal for the slug. Better velocity and no "slug rattle" going down the barrel.
Whatever the intention, in my heyday, that Deerslayer was a deer killing machine at some amazing distances.
I used to take it with me as a backup gun back in the early 60's to Elk county. We used to rent a camp right near Mill Creek outside of Ridgway. There was a cluster of about 5 camps back then. There was a range at the camp area and on Sunday a lot of guys would be checking out the rifles. It was only about an 80 yard range.
One year a bunch of guys were shooting and I decided to have some fun.. I got the Ithaca out and asked them if they minded if I checked out the old "shotgun". They all looked at me like I was stupid but said with a smirk, sure go ahead.
I walked back about 10 yards farther than where everybody else had been shooting and they asked "What are you doing?" I said well, the gun is sighted in for a 100 yards so I need to get back a few steps..
That started the laughing and Bull comments and then the bets.. The bet was, I could knock down a beer can at that distance with the Ithaca. A couple of the mouthier guys said you're on!
Set the beer can up at the base of a dirt mound that was the range backstop. All I had to do was put that beer can on top of the old front sight of the Ithaca and slide that slug up through the dirt underneath the can which would launch the can up in the air about 6 feet. Piece of cake..
One year made enough in bets to pay for gas all week back then.. probably about $20.
Best regards, Glenn