Is this a Flues circa 1918?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:22 pm
Inherited this Ithaca recently. I am stumped on the model which is not imprinted on the barrel (Ithaca is engraved). Serial 295296 which if a Flues would make it approx. 1918. Other pictures of this vintage are quite varied. Someone did post screenshots of an Ithaca ad with different levels within the same model year. Note the stock's pistol grip and cap and the checkering. Lots of engraving details. The choke's taper is fairly tight (couldn't get a good picture of that).

No this is absolutely not for sale. You ought to see how polished the barrel interior is despite regular use back in the day (and subsequent excellent storage). And yes it is going after Mallards soon. But not until I determine the age so I can back down on the power of the shells as necessary.

Thanks in advance for any help. I'm really puzzled.

Charles in Virginia
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:26 pm
Few more photos.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:59 am
I looked it up and yes the serial number puts it 1918. It also should be a Flues. It is probably a Grade 1 or maybe a Grade 2, but the underneath looks Grade 1. It looks to be a NON Damascus barrel but it still can't handle modern loads. Have a reliable Gunsmith check it out. It woud be a shame to damage such a beautiful gun and possibly hurt yourself. I am no expert, but do know a thing or two about old Ithacas. Don.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:18 am
And yes it is going after Mallards soon.


Only bad thing with these old guns is the usage of non-toxic shot for waterfowl. Just had to throw my 2 cents in. That is such a handsome, good looking gun that it would be a shame to damage it shooting steel shot. Additionally, since I don't hunt waterfowl yet, I cannot say anything about the other materials and whether they would hurt the barrels, but the barrels on that gun were setup for lead shot.

Sometimes a beater 870 from the local pawnshop is a better alternative than hurting something you can't replace.

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/re ... toxic-shot
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:52 am
Definitely have somebody check it out. before you do, ping the barrels. using your finger, hang the barrels muzzle down by the lump. take a pencil eraser and tap each barrels. there should be a distinctive "ping" and not a thump. a thump means you have a loose rib.

it is a beauty and if it does checkout, go get yourself some RST brand shotshells. they are designed to shoot in a vintage gun. their "nice shot" loads are non-toxic. I use them myself.

Good luck!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:49 pm
Thanks to all. Looks like consensus is that this is a Flues?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:20 am
If it isn't a flues, it is a 'tweener'.

Good luck with it, I am still admiring the case colors. the more I look at it, the more impressed at the condition.
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