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1949 Model 37 barrel

I have a chance to buy a 1949 Ithaca Model 37 20 ga. It has however had 2 inches sawed off the end of the barrel but otherwise in very good condition. What are the chances in me finding a replacement barrel and what would you guess the cost of an original barrel will be?

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Re: 1949 Model 37 barrel

that barrel was matched to that reciever.
they are not interchangeable without extensive smithing work.that goes for any gun with SN under 855xxx
if you want to go that route,i would contact les hovencamp at diamondgunsmithing.com
he knows old ithacas better then anyone can can explain your options.
barrels can be found on ebay or gunbroker etc.

your other option would be to add a polychoke.
polychoke were intalled as an option on new guns,but not done inhouse.
its pretty common to find ithacas from this era with polys,and some swear by them

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Re: 1949 Model 37 barrel

Is 2 in off the barrel enough to worry about,change shooting patter, etc..would be curious to hear if it would make a difference..
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Re: 1949 Model 37 barrel

Another option is a screw in choke.

BTW if your hunting small game it may pattern great for shorter ranges "as is".
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Re: 1949 Model 37 barrel

screw in chokes are a risky option.

the older ithaca barrels are reletivly thin and that makes screw ins very difficult.
not saying they haven't been or can't be installed.
but if you do , make sure the smith specializes in thin barrels.
you do not want to just let any shop do the work since the barrels are matched. you don't wanna risk trashing the barrel.

leaving it open is an option if your using it for upland birds.
the reason many are cut back is because old timeres would use them for grouse and quail

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Re: 1949 Model 37 barrel

Twistedoak is right about the Ithaca barrel. I have an older Model 37 and also 2 Ithaca over/unders. I assume you now have a 24" to 28" barrel which is great in that gun. Colonial Arms makes thin-walled chokes that can be installed in some Ithaca's by a competent gunsmith. I'd have a machinist micrometer the inside diameter of the barrel and, especially the barrel thicknee. I would check out Colonial Arms at http://www.colonialarms.com/ . I believe you can send the barrel to them to have to work done. If they can safely do the screw-in choke, you'll be much happier with a mult-choke barrel and it may be cheaper than trying to by a new barrel for a shotgun of that vintage. It will also give you a great handling upland game gun.

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