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 Post subject: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:18 pm 
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Scored my 1st Ithaca wooden duck plug in a ‘57 12 ga M37 that I found in a pawnshop. I was beginning to think the plugs were a myth. Feel kind of lucky actually.



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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:13 pm 
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What’s a wooden duck plug ?

Something more than a dowel I imagine.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:19 pm 
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The plug that limits the magazine to two rounds. It’s more or less a dowel but it’s got Ithaca printed on it.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:25 pm 
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Good score, got a picture?

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:41 pm 
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Negative. I didn’t think to get one when I had the gun apart. I’ll get one though.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:36 am 
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This is what they look like. The top one is a real one of course. The bottom ones are ones that I made from a piece of 5/8's dowel rod. I take the real ones out of my guns and put the repo's in. I actually have a couple that are absolutely pristine.

5/8 in. is the size for 16's and 12's. 1/2 in. is the size for 20's. If I remember correctly, the length is 6 in.

Also, when you take the magazine tube apart and remove all the parts inside, clean it out, you would not believe how bad it gets in there. No one cleans and oils inside the tube (well maybe a few, but not many). I have found leaves and rust and other crud. Buy a small (3/8) dia dowel rod (3/8's because that is probably the size of your drill) cut a slot lengthwise in one end and stick a piece of 0000 (quad zero) steel wool in it. Enough to be able scrub out the tube. Oil it up and run it up and down with your drill. You might have to do it a couple times and then lightly oil. This will also help your gun feed like it was new again.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:30 pm 
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I guess I am lucky. The last four 37's I acquired all had Ithaca plugs. Never thought to display them. Why not; good idea. Next time I have the 37's in hand I will swap them out. Might be the start of a new quest.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:48 pm 
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I had started to build some of these, but got sidetracked and then the idea was forgotten. Maybe I will resurrect the thought.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:52 pm 
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I found two 37s recently that look barely used. The ‘57 and a ‘75. I was expecting the ‘75 to have one since looks to be the least used. It still has what appears to be cosmoline or some other grease on it. No plug though.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:51 am 
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https://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewto ... 9&t=475370

Previous post. It may be of interest.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:26 pm 
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This thread gave me a idea. I cut 6" pieces of 1/2" PVC (5/8" OD). They are lighter then the wood plugs and moisture proof. Now comes the good part,I'm getting 2 model 37 sixteen gauges ready to go to a couple of my out of state grandkids next week. I wrote a note on parchment to each kid and put it in the plug. Thought it would make a nice surprise when they find them, be it next year or next decade. I'm gonna replace all my plugs with them.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:51 pm 
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Great idea!

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:51 pm 
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I got an original Ithaca 12- & 16-gauge plug in a buy of plugs to get one for a Remington Model 31. First PM with a snail mail address gets it.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 7:42 pm 
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l have a model 37 Supreme 12 gauge that l bought new in 1972 with Super fancy wood still have the box, will have to see what plug l have in the magazine tube, it has the wood plug like the first one that drcook posted with all lthaca writing on it shot gun is in 98% condition or better like all my rifles that l bough new.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca plug
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 4:05 pm 
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My '69 Featherlight came new with that kind of plug. I still have the gun and the plug is still in it.




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