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 Post subject: Ithaca/SKB 600 Skeet
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:13 pm 
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I've been out of the skeet world for about 20 years. Long story. Anyway, all of the things that put a stop to those days have gone by the board in their own way. Hence, I have been looking for a new shotgun. I've always got my eyes open, but I've been obsessing over a particular person's Ithaca/SKB Model 600 in SKT/SKT 26" barrels. The S/N is prefixed by a "CM". From what I can tell (without holding it), it looks to be hand engraved. I would have no idea, with any assurance, when this gun was made, but it is likely before 1979.

My concern: I've shot my father's Weatherby Athena and did not like it....at all. It was a beautiful gun but one I did not shoot effectively. Neither in the past or in the present. I believe, without doing too much research, that the Model 600, in form, was a predecessor to the Athena, just not nearly as pretty. Is this the case?

My other concern: if I decide to procure this gun, what should I be concerned with, mechanically? I've read about firing pin springs. I will likely have a reputable gunsmith go over it and, once pronounced as operable, have the forcing cones lengthened. Beyond that, we shall see once I shoot it a few rounds.

As you can see, I'm a noob here. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.




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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca/SKB 600 Skeet
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:11 pm 
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The Japanese made SKB guns that were imported by Ithaca are excellent guns. There are those in the know who consider them rather grossly underrated and some who feel that they are on par with some Browning models in workmanship.

My Model 500 field gun, which I purchased in 1974, has been flawless. Of course, as a field gun its not seen the high volume use that a dedicated target gun would experience but I would buy a Japanese SKB with no second thoughts. My understanding is that SKB, headquartered in Omaha I believe, has excellent customer service and does support the older Ithaca SKB guns.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca/SKB 600 Skeet
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:36 pm 
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Schooly D wrote:
I will likely have a reputable gunsmith go over it and, once pronounced as operable, have the forcing cones lengthened.


1. Shoot it!!
2. do not change it!!

How much is the price ?


DO NOT change it!


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca/SKB 600 Skeet
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:44 pm 
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PS as much as I have come to like the Japanese SKB's they really are not worth throwing lots of money into except basic repairs. They, like 99.99 % of other shotguns work as intended, and no crazy stuff will make them hit targets any better.
Also most all of them on auction sites are IMHO, overpriced. No surprise there.

You need to shoot it with cheap shells like gun club or similar and see if it ejects them well.

Don't pay over 600 for it, and it should be 95% at that. IMHO of course
make sure there are no cracks in the wood.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca/SKB 600 Skeet
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:30 am 
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The price is $600 shipped. It has what is described by the owner as a 1/2" tight drying crack near the butt. Pictures of the this, the model information on the barrel and the serial numbers have been received. the crack looks like a flaw in the wood more than a crack of any type. This does not bother me in the least. The pics on the posting are not the best, but it looks like the engraving is hand done rather than acid etched. I could be wrong (and part of me does not care). This is not an investment piece nor a show piece. It will be a target gun. If I cannot shoot it in the degree that I did before after some extensive practice, then I will find something else. I'm not married to any particular manufacturer but there are guns that I'm not fans of (think Citori, Athena, etc).

I mention forcing cones because in my previous life, I shot a Ruger Red Label, which is essentially a field gun but I tricked it out to work for me (forcing cones, EDM porting, cheek piece, semi-annual cleaning by a local gunsmith that I trusted). My fear is that I will shoot it and it will feel like the Athena (clubby, front heavy, etc). But, that is subjective to me.

I will go on record and state that if I could put my hands on that particular Red Label, the discussion of guns would end....except for that darn auto safety feature that I did not have removed.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca/SKB 600 Skeet
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:13 am 
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price seems fine :) I think they are show pieces, lol. on the rack next to a lot of other O/U's they look really good!




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