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  • 135sohc

    Ultimate Member
    Oct 27, 2013
    1,157
    Picked up a 1971 model year according to the SN, basic model 20" barrel with a orange-glo type single bead sign. Not a polished up safe queen but not a crusty beater either.

    The trigger break and the smoothness of the pump action are on another level.. These have always been described as a step above the 870/500 and now I understand why.
     

    River02

    One Ping Only...
    MDS Supporter
    Sep 19, 2015
    3,832
    Mid-Maryland
    Loved my 37-- stolen while I was deployed during the 1st Gulf War. First shotgun I ever hunted with (friends dad loaned it to me), first shotgun I ever bought myself. Congratulations on your find-- I'm sure it will serve you well.
     

    davsco

    Ultimate Member
    Oct 21, 2010
    8,591
    Loudoun, VA
    yep used to pheasant hunt in Penna (near letterkenny army depot) with my dad, uncle, cousin etc. dad had the 12ga m37 and i had the 16ga. bottom eject was perfect for a lefty such as me. great and memorable times. super quality dad & son time, spending the whole day together side by side. guns were smooth and always worked. i do remember my dad tried a winchester semi and it jammed a lot and he went back to the ithaca.
     

    ted76

    Ultimate Member
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 20, 2013
    3,147
    Frederick
    It should be, my first shotgun was a model 37 in 16 ga. I got it new in 1973 as an early Christmas present will slam fire and it was made in 1971.
     
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    BigTinBoat

    Active Member
    Jan 12, 2016
    326
    Eastern Baltimore County
    I have an Ultra in 20ga that I'm looking to unload as I'm downsizing. Weighs just 5lb 5.1oz. In great shape. Looks to have been manufactured in '79
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    John from MD

    American Patriot
    MDS Supporter
    May 12, 2005
    22,489
    Socialist State of Maryland
    Picked up a 1971 model year according to the SN, basic model 20" barrel with a orange-glo type single bead sign. Not a polished up safe queen but not a crusty beater either.

    The trigger break and the smoothness of the pump action are on another level.. These have always been described as a step above the 870/500 and now I understand why.
    Is it the delux model with the rib and dog scene on the receiver? My dad got me one of those when I cam back in one piece from the Vietnam War. I hunted everything with that. The only drawback was there was no aftermarket barrel available. To compensate, I would change shot sizes and use custom wads to either open or close the pattern.
     

    rseymorejr

    Ultimate Member
    MDS Supporter
    Feb 28, 2011
    25,788
    Harford County
    Not that I would ever do such a thing :innocent0unless the zombies are invading or something.

    Plain model, no rib or engraving. The Choate M5 stock is the only thing I want to add.
    When I was a kid I'd take my Father's Winchester 97 up to Whiteford Quarries and slamfire the hell out of it. It was a blast
     

    135sohc

    Ultimate Member
    Oct 27, 2013
    1,157
    Circa 1975 the slam fire was done away with.

    The circumstances surrounding how this shot gun came to be available are unfortunate. My Aunt and her long time boyfriend decided last week to go their separate ways. He left today returning to Fargo ND and I lost access to the dream garage as the house is going on the market next month. I got the 37 for a fair price, an old school Toro 724 and a bunch of old (as in made in USA) hand tools were thrown in for free.
     

    135sohc

    Ultimate Member
    Oct 27, 2013
    1,157
    Says on the barrel chambered for 2.75 inch shells, not noticing the slugs I had were 3 inch, yet they dropped right in.

    Figured out how to take the barrel off, measuring and comparing to other shot guns I have with 3 inch chambers they look identical. hmm...
     

    Biggfoot44

    Ultimate Member
    Aug 2, 2009
    32,479
    Says on the barrel chambered for 2.75 inch shells, not noticing the slugs I had were 3 inch, yet they dropped right in.

    Figured out how to take the barrel off, measuring and comparing to other shot guns I have with 3 inch chambers they look identical. hmm...

    2.75 and 3 inch refer to the fired ( aka opened ) length of the hull , not the pre firing length .
     

    Augie

    Ultimate Member
    Sep 30, 2007
    4,479
    Central MD
    I've got a couple of the newer Ithaca 37s, a riot gun and a 28 Gauge. Both are very well made shotguns.


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    Doco Overboard

    Ultimate Member
    Says on the barrel chambered for 2.75 inch shells, not noticing the slugs I had were 3 inch, yet they dropped right in.

    Figured out how to take the barrel off, measuring and comparing to other shot guns I have with 3 inch chambers they look identical. hmm...
    This where a chamber gauge comes in handy.
    Even on some 2 and 3/4 guns, it will detect an abrupt cone which can cause higher pressure like what has already been mentioned or at the least be indicative of less than ideal pattern potential.
     

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