Old Ithaca 37 Featherlight


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By flannel - 1/22/2010 7:56:02 PM
I picked up an old Ithaca 37 Featherlight at a pawn shop the other day for $240- don't know if that's good or not, (they were asking $400). Took it out shooting trap and holy crap what a nice pointin' gun! I have an old Model 12 and a Browning A-5, Browning Silver, 870 12, 870 20, Remington 1900 SXS and none of them have the same snappiness that the Ithaca provides, save for the Brownings. I completely took the gun apart short of the trigger assembly and put it all back together nice and clean with no manual-these are built so nice and simple and I love the bottom eject! Does anyone know if these guns handle steel shot very well (2 3/4)? The gun dates to the mid 70's. As you can tell, I'm pretty excited about an old, outdated shotgun-Does anyone have any Ithaca 37 opinions or experiences?
By duckless - 1/23/2010 9:55:45 AM
Great gun it's just light and kicks a little as long as it's not full choke you should be okay with anything from 2's on down in steel. I've got one about the same age and shot 2's in drylocks with no problems if I were you I would pattern some 3's. Also don't short shuck it and be aware that it will shoot when the action closes if you don't take your finger off the trigger mine is a 1973 model and does it.
By Shotgun - 1/24/2010 7:46:11 PM
I have a 1975 model featherweight and love the old gun!! I want to hunt with mine to but havnt yet.:)
By duckless - 1/27/2010 4:26:12 PM
Shotgun if you ever need a barrel I've got a couple and I'm close to you.(+- 40 miles)
By drake429 - 1/27/2010 4:32:34 PM
I have 3 Model 37's.  One is my grandfathers 16 guage from way back (serial number is just under 100,000), my dad's 16 guage from the 70's, and a 12 guage Deer Slayer.  I have never shot a pump that is a smooth and reliable as the model 37's (even my grandfathers gun).  However, my opinion is somewhat biased, as I grew up 45 minutes from the old Ithaca gun works....
By ducks_n_bucks - 1/28/2010 11:04:34 PM
My first shotgun was a model 37 16g. I loved that gun and have been considering getting one in 12g. I almost want to cry when i think about getting rid of that gun. 
By Amish Amy - 1/29/2010 5:53:33 AM
they are nice guns.  My cousin had one and i always liked it.  I'm not a pump gun guy but if I were I think I would have one. 
By DukBum - 1/29/2010 11:09:08 AM
Great guns for the money,most were chambered for 2 3/4 only.I hunt with a guy that has one in 12 that has shot alot of steel through it with out any trouble,2 3/4 faststeel in # 3 shot.I have one in 16 ga that was my only gun for year till I started to duck hunt.I also lived only 45 min from the factory.I say go ahead and use it
By old timer - 1/29/2010 12:01:36 PM
I owned 3 at one time,20, 16, 12. The 12 really hammers your shoulder with magnum loads,
But they are sweet guns. A good gunsmith can open up the choke if it is full for a fairly reasonable price. Enjoy
By duckless - 1/29/2010 5:02:17 PM
My dad had a 1940 something that was a dream. I think much better than mine.