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 Post subject: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 6:41 pm 
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Collectors Firearms in Houston has a small trigger guard, Deluxe 37 in 20 ga. with Cutts for $549. May be able to negotiate price. Has a knock out piece of walnut and seems to be in good condition. Check on line at http://www.collectorsfirearms.com under New Arrivals. I like to deal with Danny Clark.

It caught my eye. Just can't buy them all...

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 7:30 pm 
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For what it is worth, I think the choke device is a Weaver, not a Cutts. Of course, I could be wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 7:34 pm 
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The Weaver Choke body is smaller then that. It is either a Cutts or a Power-Pac --

Look at the larger pictures on CA's web site --

http://www.collectorsfirearms.com/admin ... emID=36449

Aluminium body Cutts.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 7:35 pm 
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Yea, maybe a Power-pac.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 8:48 pm 
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I think I see 37 S stamped on the barrel. The photos on Collectors web site are easier to read than what I've posted. Could it be a Skeet rather than a Deluxe? I'm looking at what appears to be MOD. on the barrel. That doesn't sound like a skeet gun.

Appears to be a lacquer type finish, pealing at the receiver. Don't see model 37 type cracks in the stock where it meets the receiver.
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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 9:04 pm 
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It has an Aluminum Alloy Cutts Body. Look on page 121 of Riffle's Model 12 book.

Being a Skeet Grade does not mean that it has to have a Skeet Choke. They could have any choke.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 10:17 pm 
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Collectors called it a Deluxe. Would "Skeet Grade" be a more accurate description?

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 4:19 am 
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Took another look at the photo. A 37S is the Skeet Grade.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 11:19 am 
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So the gun is a 20-gauge Model 37 Skeet, which are pretty scarce, and then it had a modified choke barrel which would be more scarce on a Skeet Grade!


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 1:00 pm 
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With the aluminum Cutts installed, Mod. choke is only of academic importance, but an interesting finding, nonetheless.

BTW, how much difference is there in the way a gun feels and handles, steel vs. aluminum Cutts? I would think the aluminum housing would be a good bit lighter. I've never handled or shot either. I can talk about a Deluxe Polychoke, which although not currently considered to be very stylish, is a pretty neat gadget.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 5:03 pm 
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I did a lot of my eary Skeet shooting with old military Model 12 Skeet Guns with the Cutts, and I loved shooting them. It was so nice of the Corps to provide that nice skeet facility at Vado del Rio, and that huge hunting preserve they called Camp Pendleton for us Squids from San Diego come up and use on the weekends. Not so much fun standing next to someone else shooting a Cutts, but I guess no worse then all the guys nowadays that have holes drilled in their barrels!!


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 7:51 pm 
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Nice looking gun - I have a near mint 1941 37T 20 gauge with the extra wide rib and it is a sweet handling gun with some great wood, but it too has a butchered barrel - this one was shortened and threaded for screw-ins. Ed.
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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 10:13 pm 
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It's not very near mint if the barrel has been chopped!


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 7:31 am 
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Ed,

I know those early barrels are hard to find, and would think a specialty barrel like a Skeet would be even harder. Have you tried locating another barrel?

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 10:38 am 
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Cowboy - I said near mint! and may have exagerated a bit!

Farmer - Seems to be the rarest of all Itaca barrels. No luck finding a replacement barrel correct to this gun.

I still enjoy taking it on the occasional bird hunt as-is with the knowledge that it will never be a collector piece except to me.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 10:43 am 
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Ed,

It is definitely a fine looking and classy piece. I'm sure it's a joy to handle and shoot.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 6:13 pm 
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So Dirt Farmer, are you going to buy the 37S? If not, I may.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga. Ithaca Model 37 Deluxe
PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 6:30 pm 
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Walt,

PM sent.

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