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 Post subject: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:49 pm 
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We’re the Ithaca SKB shotguns designed by Ithaca & manufactured by SKB?
Or were these designed & manufactured by SKB & just have the Ithaca name?
If not designed by Ithaca, do they belong in an Ithaca collection?




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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:08 pm 
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AFAIK, they were made by SKB in Japan to Ithaca's specs.

As a reference, they are not included with guns made directly by Ithaca - no matter how good (And, they are 'good')

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:08 pm 
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From what I have read, they were imported by Ithaca but the design was all SKB. Some had Ithaca Raybar front sights but I'm not sure if they were sent to Japan to be installed there or if they were added here. I consider my SKB's part of my Ithaca collection but I don't call them "Ithaca's" if that makes sense. By the way, they are very good over/unders. And still good values.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:15 am 
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I would assume that, as the importer of SKB shotguns for a decade or more, Ithaca had quite a bit of input into specifications for the guns sold in America. I seriously doubt Ithaca had anything to do with the functional design or engineering of the guns, but it seems reasonable they would have a say about wood, engraving, choke/barrel length configurations. They were a big customer, after all.

I consider them SKBs, not Ithacas .. . . But that's just me.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:14 pm 
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Excellent field guns, IMO. My 500 has been flawless since `74.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:36 pm 
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Just to add to the confusion I believe I read and or heard that Ithaca actually made some of the SKB barrels during the roto forge era for the semi auto loaders.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:11 pm 
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That is interesting, hadn't ever heard it before. Wonder if Walt or Matt or anyone else would know for sure.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2021 7:05 am 
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Well, this thread appears to be beneficial to me. I have an Ithaca SKB 500 that I bought new probably 45 years ago. At some point, probably over 30 years ago, it started double firing. I took it to an internationally known gunsmith near me and they couldn't fix it. It's been sitting in my gun safe ever since. I've recently been thinking about taking it to another gunsmith. I had assumed that Ithaca was out of business. But because of this thread, I decided to do a Google search. Imagine my surprise when I found that Ithaca is still in business and, even better for me, it's located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, about an hour from where I live. I've already sent them an email.


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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2021 7:38 am 
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DonSmith wrote:
Well, this thread appears to be beneficial to me. I have an Ithaca SKB 500 that I bought new probably 45 years ago. At some point, probably over 30 years ago, it started double firing. I took it to an internationally known gunsmith near me and they couldn't fix it. It's been sitting in my gun safe ever since. I've recently been thinking about taking it to another gunsmith. I had assumed that Ithaca was out of business. But because of this thread, I decided to do a Google search. Imagine my surprise when I found that Ithaca is still in business and, even better for me, it's located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, about an hour from where I live. I've already sent them an email.


You would probably do better to contact SKB in Omaha, Nebraska. My understanding is that they maintain stocks of parts and provide service for the older Japanese made Ithaca SKBs. Also hear that their customer service is excellent.

Bought my 500 in `74 for dove and quail. Has been flawless.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2021 7:38 am 
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DonSmith wrote:
Well, this thread appears to be beneficial to me. I have an Ithaca SKB 500 that I bought new probably 45 years ago. At some point, probably over 30 years ago, it started double firing. I took it to an internationally known gunsmith near me and they couldn't fix it. It's been sitting in my gun safe ever since. I've recently been thinking about taking it to another gunsmith. I had assumed that Ithaca was out of business. But because of this thread, I decided to do a Google search. Imagine my surprise when I found that Ithaca is still in business and, even better for me, it's located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, about an hour from where I live. I've already sent them an email.


You would probably do better to contact SKB in Omaha, Nebraska. My understanding is that they maintain stocks of parts and provide service for the older Japanese made Ithaca SKBs. Also hear that their customer service is excellent.

Bought my 500 in `74 for dove and quail. Has been flawless.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 2:24 pm 
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I'm fairly sure that Ithaca Ohio does not work on SKB guns but it is worth a try. I would recommend SKB as mentioned above or Diamond gun smithing in Ithaca NY.

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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2021 4:16 pm 
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DonSmith wrote:
Well, this thread appears to be beneficial to me. I have an Ithaca SKB 500 that I bought new probably 45 years ago. At some point, probably over 30 years ago, it started double firing. I took it to an internationally known gunsmith near me and they couldn't fix it. It's been sitting in my gun safe ever since. I've recently been thinking about taking it to another gunsmith. I had assumed that Ithaca was out of business. But because of this thread, I decided to do a Google search. Imagine my surprise when I found that Ithaca is still in business and, even better for me, it's located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, about an hour from where I live. I've already sent them an email.



Ithaca was just one of several importers for SKB shotguns. They will be of no help today.

The good news is that the current owners of the SKB brand have a deep stock of parts, they do good work, they're reasonably priced, easy to work with and fast . . .

call : 800-752-2767
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 Post subject: Re: Ithaca vs SKB
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2021 7:07 am 
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Bladeswitcher wrote:
DonSmith wrote:
Well, this thread appears to be beneficial to me. I have an Ithaca SKB 500 that I bought new probably 45 years ago. At some point, probably over 30 years ago, it started double firing. I took it to an internationally known gunsmith near me and they couldn't fix it. It's been sitting in my gun safe ever since. I've recently been thinking about taking it to another gunsmith. I had assumed that Ithaca was out of business. But because of this thread, I decided to do a Google search. Imagine my surprise when I found that Ithaca is still in business and, even better for me, it's located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, about an hour from where I live. I've already sent them an email.

Thank you.


Ithaca was just one of several importers for SKB shotguns. They will be of no help today.

The good news is that the current owners of the SKB brand have a deep stock of parts, they do good work, they're reasonably priced, easy to work with and fast . . .

call : 800-752-2767
email : [email protected]




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