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    First time shotgun buyer.

    I was wondering if i should go with new Remington/Mossberg or an older Ithaca. I have a family friend that is willing to sell me his 1966 Ithaca Model 37 DSPS for $650. It is in mint condition but i am not sure it is worth it.

    I am looking for a shotgun for home defense as well as trap and skeet.

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    I would go with a newer model rather than the Ithaca. Not that the Ithaca is a bad gun by any stretch of the imagination, it does the same thing that a Reminton or a Mossberg is going to do... but if your budget is up in the $600's a Model 870 Reminton is totally in your means and is great shotgun. Mossberg has the 590 security model and that has praise sung as well.

    They each fit a different niche. I guarantee the Ithaca is going to earn you a few more looks, but as far as practicality and accessibility to customer service and all that, Mossberg and Remington have it beat simply because you'd be getting it from a store and not from a friend.

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    I would stick with the Mossberg 500 or the Remington 870. Your needs for 1 gun for multiple jobs requires a gun that is adaptable. The Ithaca is a great gun, but there are not merely as many aftermarket accessories for it as the other 2. Consider the "flex" stock on the Mossberg. With no tools, you can remove your pistol grip home defense stock, and put on a full sized traditional stock for trap/skeet. Also, barrels for the 500/870 are much less expensive than Ithaca barrels, so you can acquire additional barrels for different purposes.
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    first I will say hello and welcome from Minnesota as first post should be an introduction of your self to the form and second I concur with 220combat on this I have owned all of the above and still have my Ithaca but as far as after market and barrel change out a Remington or Mossy are you best bet - good luck on your choice
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    first I will say hello and welcome from Minnesota as first post should be an introduction of your self to the form and second I concur with 220combat on this I have owned all of the above and still have my Ithaca but as far as after market and barrel change out a Remington or Mossy are you best bet - good luck on your choice
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    Ithaca is still making (or once more making) the model 37. If I wanted an Ithaca, I'd go with a new gun, you can probably get it for less money than your friend is asking for his used gun.

    I have a Remington 870 Wingmaster, a Mossberg 500 and a Mossberg 590. While the Ithaca Featherlight is an excellent shotgun, I think a premium 870 is a perfect hunting or defense shotgun.
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    ithaca 37 DSPS.........deer slayer police special?

    i love the ithaca......but not at that price.

    for a two barrel set shotgun, the remington or the mossberg.

    for that amount of money, you can just also go with two seperate dedicated shotguns especially if you do not mind the used market.
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    Thanks guys. I really appreciate all of your insight. I just got a few pictures of the Ithaca. It looks amazing but i think i will be going with a Mossberg or Remington but haven't decided which one. My budget for a new one would be about 450.

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    Just got a few pictures. Felt like i should share



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