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« on: October 21, 2017, 10:39:42 pm »

Just picked up from a fellow CAS pard, a lovely Ithaca LaFever "Nitro Special" 12 gauge, SxS with barrels cut to 20"  neat gun, and points like a dream.  I know they were made by Ithaca from about 1921 to 1940 or so.  Anyone in the camp have experience with them?

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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2017, 06:11:48 pm »

I picked one up about 15 years ago to use at Cowboy matches. Shows wear but still locks up tight and has nice wood. It has the original 30 inch barrels. I generally prefer hammer guns but sometimes a gun just calls to you. Been lightly using it since then and am pleased with the handling and it sure murders the shotgun poppers. I have only used moderate blackpowder loads of 65-70 grs of FF with 1 1/8 of #7 1/2s. My only issue was just recent. Had been using the hammer guns(without tang safeties) and was a little unused to pushing the safety off after closing the action. Had two failures to fire(first time ever) until I realized I had not pushed the safety off all the way. Mea Culpa. Corrected my mistake and the gun ran flawlessly the rest of the afternoon. I really like this LeFever and would certainly pick up another if the opportunity presents itself.


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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 09:31:51 pm »

I had one I cut the barrels down to 18 1/4", also cut the stock down.  It was 4 to 6" longer than minimum legal length.  I shoot my shotgun from the hip.

The problem I had with it was the metal that the forend attached to was too soft and would bend when I used too much energy opening the action.


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