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looking for Ithaca manfr. date for a new to me gun

just got an early christmas gift, my father-in-law gave me his father's SxS, looking for history.

serial 248570
Ithaca 12ga SxS
both sides receiver has engraved "pointing setter"(how fittingly perfect to me) and 'Ithaca Gun Co, Ithaca NY' below the setter
top of barrels is engraved with 'smokeless powder steel' (if that helps any)

I found a pdf. online and the only serial number in that range for a SXS was a LeFever Nitro Special 1927. But nowhere on this gun is marked LeFever?

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Re: looking for Ithaca manfr. date for a new to me gun

You have an Ithica Flues model made in 1914.

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Re: looking for Ithaca manfr. date for a new to me gun

My Uncle used to have a similar gun. It was a Flues & NIG double built around 1918. His had the homogeneous steel barrels (not Damascus) and I believe it had 2 1/2" chambers originally that were bored out to 2 3/4". I know he still had to use low pressure loads in his even though the barrels were marked something like "proof steel" or "smokeless steel" or something like that.

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Re: looking for Ithaca manfr. date for a new to me gun

Thanks for the clarification Joe. I saw the Flues and NIG model listed with serials in the range, but didn't know what either model was or how to tell.

Should I be worried about the other Joe's comment about shooting high brass, super X, or extra long range loads with it? (I never even thought of that)

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Re: looking for Ithaca manfr. date for a new to me gun

I know my Uncle's gun was newer and he had to use lower pressure smokeless or BP rounds with it. What is the chamber length if you happen to know off hand. If it's 2 1/2" you absolutely MUST run low pressure rounds in it. on a side note-those guns were prone to frame cracking with even the higher pressure rounds back then if that tells you anything?

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Re: looking for Ithaca manfr. date for a new to me gun

that year flues would have 2-1/2" chambers from the factory.
if they haven't been elongated already they can be for 2-3/4".
with fluid steel barrels don't use any hot ammo with it,stick with low pressure loads or game loads no higher then 1200fps you'll be fine

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Re: looking for Ithaca manfr. date for a new to me gun

I would stick with low base shells, just because you are toting a 100 year old gun. A gunsmith can tell you in a few seconds if the chambers were opened up . Take a look at RST's website, you can have correct 2 1/2 " shells shipped to your door in a few days at a fair price. I use a small herd of vintage Fox doubles, and most get fed RST ammo, just because I want them to last another 100 years !

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Re: looking for Ithaca manfr. date for a new to me gun

THANX for all the replies.....

I will guess the chamber has already been elongated...a 3" shell fits nicely and easily.....last question before the 2nd half of pheasant comes in, the front trigger is for the LEFT barrel? (that's what my logic tells me).

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Re: looking for Ithaca manfr. date for a new to me gun

Most old doubles the rear trigger fires the left barrel. I don't have an Ithica Flues, so I can't say certainly, but I think you have it backwards. Drop two in her and shoot it out the back door, that will tell you ! LOL!

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Re: looking for Ithaca manfr. date for a new to me gun

I have an Ithaca in 16 ga. Not as old as yours, though. Front trigger fires the right barrel, back trigger the left.

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