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 Post subject: 1956 20 gauge M37
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:44 pm 
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Found today at a local pawn shop - it's been sitting there unnoticed since 2006. I can walk out the door with it for $267.50, tax included. I would call it "rough" - some pitting on the receiver and barrel, bore is clean and no pitting, bead is missing, stock shows no dings, dents, or gouges but looks to me like somebody stripped it and stained it dark, but there's no finish on it - polyurethane, varnish, oil, or anything - seems really dried out. Function seems good - it was a little stiff but loosened up a bit as I worked the slide some. I'm thinking a project gun - a complete strip, clean, polish, and reblue. Stock and forend can either be refinished or replaced. Comments? Advice? Suggestions?

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 Post subject: Re: 1956 20 gauge M37
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:55 pm 
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Well the stock and for end combination leads me to believe that it left the factory as a deluxe model. That ads to case made for a rejuvenation. Modified choke is also helpful at least in my opinion. The pitting does not apear to be to bad from what I can tell in the photos. I am thinking that by the time you have it redone you will have about $400 to $500 in to it. I think that I myself would most likely give it a go.


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 Post subject: Re: 1956 20 gauge M37
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:53 pm 
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Could it have a mismatched stock and forearm? The stock looks like one of the old hand cut checkering ones and the forearm looks to be from the 60's.

But if Ian says it could be a deluxe, I'd believe him.


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 Post subject: Re: 1956 20 gauge M37
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:01 pm 
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If you are willing to do the work yourself (stripping the blue, polishing, etc) and refinish the stock yourself, you should be able to get away with maybe another 100 or so as he said above.

My advise ? Buy it, redo it and have yourself a new family heirloom.

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 Post subject: Re: 1956 20 gauge M37
PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:04 pm 
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1977 is probably right . The Deluxe was introduced in 1955 and according to the Book (pg 76 )it was a 1954 Standard Grade with a finger grove forend and a raybar . I think both were new for that year.

Colonel your kind of right . I thought the same when I saw it .

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 Post subject: Re: 1956 20 gauge M37
PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:18 pm 
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It looks like a typical 1956 Deluxe model to me. They sometimes had the capped pistol grips along with that Post 55 deluxe fore end. That's a really great 20 gauge to send off to Les Hovencamp and have the wood and metal completely restored to original,,,or you could just rub in some boiled linseed oil until the wood got so beautiful you'd not want to quit looking at it, and a little Oxpho Blue on the metal, and call it good. There were a lot of pre 55 pistol gripped stocks sitting around for years afterwards, and sometimes they found their way on a Deluxe. Besides, at this late date, the gun having a stock that's too good is actually a bonus, I think.

The worst it can be is a 1956 20 gauge modified choke field grade that somebody has really upgraded the wood using factory Ithaca wood. Geez. Some folks would look at supermodel and wonder how she got so pretty.:)

But get back there the first thing and buy the gun before somebody like me walks in first. It would have been long gone at any price below $300 if I'd seen it first.:)


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 Post subject: Re: 1956 20 gauge M37
PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:37 pm 
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I have a 1957 16 ga Deluxe. Same configuration as that gun. If that's the price out the door, it's very very fair. Borderline cheap!!!

That should be a very light gun.

Thanks for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: 1956 20 gauge M37
PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:53 am 
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The gun should bring at least $250 parted out on E-bay. Maybe way more than that.

It's a 20 gauge with Deluxe wood. Don't wait, don't hesitate.:)

(Just pretend it's a 1956 20 gauge Model 12 Winchester in the same configuration. Sooner or later the Ithacas will bring the same money. That should help.)


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 Post subject: Re: 1956 20 gauge M37
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:51 pm 
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It is 'Deluxe' model with correct features for that period. I had 26" 1/4 choked one some years ago. It was one of about 1,150 or so 20ga Deluxe 37s made that year if I recall correctly. The gun is well worn and I would have passed, but if you're happy that is all that matters. I would not put money into it as last mid 60s 20ga 37 with Simmons rib (kinda Kool and unusual as Simmons marked ribs weren't offered for very long time) in excellent condition sold for $399 + tax so you will not get your money back should you choose to restore the gun to look like original factory finish.


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