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 Post subject: Ithaca/SKB 500
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:49 pm 
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Location: Texas
My wife shoots this older gun for clays. Given the age and miles on this gun, I am concerned about parts availability. Is this a concern or are parts readily available??




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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca/SKB 500
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:36 pm 
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No problem. SKB in Omaha is reported to have ample parts for the older Japanese SKBs like the Ithaca imported 500.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca/SKB 500
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:33 pm 
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Cool, Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca/SKB 500
PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:46 am 
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Les Hovencamp, Diamond Gunsmithing, Ithaca NY also has parts and can service the guns.

He was Ithaca Gun's lead Gunsmith for years and knows these things inside and out.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca/SKB 500
PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:25 am 
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I have a high mileage Ithaca/SKB Model 700 Trap that I bought new in 1968. It has seen many, many thousands of rounds down its barrels. Yes, I've replaced some parts but, those parts were and remain readily available from SKB in Omaha. I do keep a few parts on hand (hammer springs, etc.) but, have not needed them in recent years. BTW, despite its age and high usage, the gun still locks up tight with no play. FWIW, SKB in Omaha offers a tune-up service with replacement of wear parts.

IMO, the Japanese made SKBs are built to last several lifetimes.

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