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    I had a mini-pin in college that was a GREAT wingman! Couldn't hunt for spit and I think he was racist.

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    I've been perusing websites for used shotguns and am thinking of trying something. There's an Ithaca 37 (28", fixed Modified) that's been cycled a couple of different times on an auction site. I'm thinking of putting a bid in at a few bucks over the minimum and seeing what happens. The gun looks to be in fine mechanical shape, just some normal wear from a gun it's age. Two biggest issues are the buttplate is broken and a palm sized area on the receiver has the blue gone/faded. IF I can get this for the price I bid, I'm thinking it'll make for a fun project for me and my son to share allowing the gun to truly be his. The buttplate would be replaced with a recoil pad. Probably try our hand at refinishing the wood as well. The bluing I'm not sure how to handle. I'd like to get it refinished, but not sure of: 1. a DIY job or pay to have it done and 2. whether to go with a blue or some 'higher tech' type finish.

    When looking at shotguns I've shown my son pics of old used ones, some in much worse shape than this, and asked if he liked them and he's said yes. However, I think he may just be saying about anything to get one... Couple of things I'm pondering:
    1. Should I just be less cheap and get him a new shotgun?
    2. How limited would he be with a 20ga that only allows 2.75" shells?

    The fixed choke thing is less of a concern as I've used a modified choke for 95+% of my shotgunning. Until the past few years I've just used 2.75" shells in a 20ga. However, I've not used 3" shells for both turkey hunting and pheasant hunting. If I decide to get him a new shotgun, it'd be capable of 3" shells, so making my mind up on #1 above could negate #2...

    Just typing out loud...

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    The memories you make restoring that gun will be just as important to your son as the time in the field.

    I'd opt for the project over the shiny new gun.

    I'd not feel undergunned w/ a 20 gauge & 2 3/4" shells for upland.
    get over it commies..
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    1. Now you should not be less cheap. In fact, you will be very spendy. Fixing up an old one will take much more of your time and time is much more valuable than money. It will be a perfect investment however.
    2. Not at all.

    Additionally, if you want, I'll send you instructions on how to do a quality polishing and rust blue. With some care, but not too much skill, anyone can do a true rust blue that will knock your socks off. It will take some time and effort to do it right but it's not actually hard to do at all.

    Sounds like a great project.

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    You know what my answer is to both questions.

    We will expect some project pictures.
    Fear the beard....

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    My son shoots lefthanded. A whole lot more options for a right handed kid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1_pointer View Post
    My son shoots lefthanded. A whole lot more options for a right handed kid...
    Oops, I forgot you posted that earlier in the thread. No snipe hunt intended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elkduds View Post
    Oops, I forgot you posted that earlier in the thread. No snipe hunt intended.
    No worries. Common assumption. This search would be much easier and cheaper were he right handed. That said, he can handle a RH 870...

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    I think you are looking for a pump of the Mossberg variety. The new Ithaca 37 are not cheap...and not light. If you can find a used one that would be a nice gun too. But not functionally better than the Mossberg I don't think. I don't like the bottom only port in the Ithaca. Should a shell get jammed it's fun getting your fingers up in such a thing. But the old ithacas are nice pretty guns that are subjectively nice to me.

    Of the o/u you mentioned I had owned a silver reserve and put thousands of rounds through it. They are well balanced guns and cheap especially used. Also there used to be a savage Stevens that was also a pretty gun and a good price.

    I now own a franchi instinct. But those will just set you back a figure with a comma and like all cheap o/u had some quality control issues (at least early on).
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    In for a penny, in for a pound I suppose...

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    Will hopefully have this in hand sometime next week. Then I get to ding dong you folks for ideas for the remodel.

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    I didn't read all the responses, getting lazy in my old age.

    I went with a youth model 20 gauge Weatherby SA-08. I did it strictly from a recoil. My kids are small and sensitive and I wanted to give them the easiest gun to shoot.

    Don't go single shot 20 for most kids. Those will nock them on there arse.

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    1_pointer, I'd be happy to send you some short articles I have on refinishing stocks that were written by different gunmakers of notable repute. I'd also be willing to send you directions on doing your own rust bluing and building a boiling (not bluing) tank cheaply. You can do a professional rust blue on your first try with a little patience. I don't have and "expert's" article on polishing correctly but I can tell you how I do it.

    Heck, if you want to do a leather covered buttpad just for fun. I can help with that too. Regardless of what you do, it will be a fun project.

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    Brent- PM sent

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