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Ithaca Nitro Special 12GA for $200........Yes, No, Maybe?
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Author:  flannel [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:31 am ]
Post subject:  Ithaca Nitro Special 12GA for $200........Yes, No, Maybe?

I have a chance to pick up a Ithaca Nitro Special 12GA, looks to be a nice old gun, 80% of blueing, dull wood but no dent's, scratches or cracks, bores are nice but some pitting in chambers. I ask because I've never owned an American double, always shot Model 37's, Model 51's and 870's. Is it worth rolling the dice?

Author:  IthacaMatt [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ithaca Nitro Special 12GA for $200........Yes, No, Maybe

For $200 you can't really go wrong. Those doubles were built like tanks. Very durable. If it were at a show it may have $350-375 on it.

Author:  Glenn Kelley [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ithaca Nitro Special 12GA for $200........Yes, No, Maybe

What Matt said plus check the wrist for cracks . That's the weak spot on doubles in general .

Author:  Researcher01 [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ithaca Nitro Special 12GA for $200........Yes, No, Maybe

Careful!! One gets into those 12-gauges cheap. Then you want the others and those 20-gauges and .410-bores are a lot more dear!!

Author:  EricB [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ithaca Nitro Special 12GA for $200........Yes, No, Maybe

That’s a good price. I paid about $300 for mine on gunbroker a few years ago. Nothing wrong with the Nitro Special from a utilitarian standpoint.

Author:  CriscoKid [ Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ithaca Nitro Special 12GA for $200........Yes, No, Maybe

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I never judge a book by it's cover - or a gun for that matter.

I would first check the gun for any defects, like a loose barrel rib, being off-center (worn hinge area), or a crack at the juncture of the watertable and the breech face - all very easy to check but expensive to fix correctly.

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Author:  Bonasa [ Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Ithaca Nitro Special 12GA for $200........Yes, No, Maybe

CriscoKid wrote:
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I never judge a book by it's cover - or a gun for that matter.

I would first check the gun for any defects, like a loose barrel rib, being off-center (worn hinge area), or a crack at the juncture of the watertable and the breech face - all very easy to check but expensive to fix correctly.

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+1 to all of the above.

Any one of those problems would cost more to fix than what you'd have into the gun. A worn hinge might be the most likely defect to turn up on a gun of that age, but it's easy to detect: remove the forend, grab the barrels in one hand and the grip in the other, and attempt to torque and turn one hand against the other. If there's any play, you will detect movement; the extent of that movement will determine how urgently the gun needs hinge work to be tightened up and brought back on face.

Good luck. If the gun has none of the flaws Criscoe mentions above, it would certainly be a good deal.

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