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#3771615 - 02/07/10 05:49 PM ITHACA Model 500/SKB
krupp Offline
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Registered: 02/27/07
Posts: 616
I have always wanted a decent o/u 12 bore and just recently found a Ithaca model 500-made by SKB. It is a field grade gun
in NRA 95% cond. $450 OTD. I have not heard alot about any
SKB models so any thoughts would be welcome....

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#3771723 - 02/07/10 06:27 PM Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: krupp]
ColdBore Offline
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Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 8759
They're a fine shotgun, one of the best for the money in my opinion.

I have five SKB's, from M500 to M600 to M685.

Love them!

A $450 M500 in 95% condition? I'd be grabbing it!

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#3772197 - 02/07/10 07:58 PM Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: ColdBore]
hotsoup Offline
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Registered: 11/06/05
Posts: 5465
back in 85' or so i had a pair of model 500's, one 12ga and the other 20ga. they were wonderful shotguns. sometimes i wish i had held onto them. you won't regret getting a model 500 imo.

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#3772513 - 02/07/10 10:27 PM Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: hotsoup]
BrotherRockeye Offline
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Registered: 10/29/08
Posts: 301
Loc: SK. Canada
I have a 500 12ga
shoulders and points good,comfortable iron.
nice to shoot.
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#3772988 - 02/08/10 06:19 AM Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: krupp]
Redneck Offline
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Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 38066
Loc: TAXHELLWI. USA
Originally Posted By: krupp
I have always wanted a decent o/u 12 bore and just recently found a Ithaca model 500-made by SKB. It is a field grade gun
in NRA 95% cond. $450 OTD. I have not heard alot about any
SKB models so any thoughts would be welcome....
At that price, you should be shelling out the Grants as fast as you can..

SKBs are excellent shotguns.. The M500 is merely their entry level shotgun, mainly just missing fancy-work and choke tubes..

The internal parts are outstanding - easily rivaling Browning Citoris.. They're durable and retain lockup actually better than the Citori..

If it fits you, buy it and go hunting...
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#3773934 - 02/08/10 11:05 AM Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: Redneck]
MOGC Offline
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Registered: 03/14/05
Posts: 4306
Redneck, I have a question if I can draw from your experience? I know you are an SKB fan and if you don't mind... A fellow I know recently bought one of those CDNN "NIB" Weatherby Orion close out guns. When it arrived everything seemed about perfect with one exception, the top lever is in the middle of the tang or maybe just ever so slightly left of center. The lock up seems smooth and tight as a new in box gun should be but he is a little concerned the lever isn't a bit to the right of center and is already in the center of the tang with the gun unfired. Is this something to be concerned about for him? He expects to shoot some casual clays and hunt some with the gun, he won't be a high volume shooter with this gun, but it will get shot more than the usual casual "huntin'" shotgun. I pulled the forearm off and there is zero play in the lock-up with the no forearm and everything else checks out, but that top lever has him a little concerned.
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#3774199 - 02/08/10 12:04 PM Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: krupp]
Eremicus Offline
Campfire Kahuna

Registered: 03/01/01
Posts: 18881
Loc: Placerville,CA,USA
Bought one way back in 1969 I think. Paid $239 for it if I recall right. Wouldn't sell it for less than $1500. And maybe not then.
The only gun I have that I've had longer is my old Smith 29, .44 Magnum.
They are really good guns. I've shot so many different kinds of birds with mine that I'd have a hard time describing them. E

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#3777580 - 02/09/10 08:41 AM Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: MOGC]
Redneck Offline
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Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 38066
Loc: TAXHELLWI. USA
The SKB's locking lever is supposed to be centered.. It's the Browning's that are right-of-center, due to the different way they lock up..

The SKB has a cross bolt, the Brownings have a locking bolt that fits in the breech cutouts.. Completely different locking systems.. In this particular case, the SKB is (IMVHO) much superior to the Brownings..

In 35+ years I've never had to replace a crossbolt.. I've replaced several locking bolts on Brownings..

One good thing is, when you're looking at buying a used Browning, ensure the top lever is about 1/8" to the right of center.. If it's centered or nearly so, it's 'replacement time' for the locking bolt.
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#3777962 - 02/09/10 10:30 AM Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: Redneck]
MOGC Offline
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Registered: 03/14/05
Posts: 4306
Thanks Redneck... appreciate the feedback.
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#3784190 - 02/10/10 07:41 PM Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: MOGC]
Biathlonman Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 12/28/02
Posts: 3126
Loc: Kentucky
I've got a 500 in 28 gauge, I wouldn't sell it for twice what I paid for it. Would snag a 12 gauge version for less then $500 in a heartbeat.

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