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#3771615 - 02/08/10 ITHACA Model 500/SKB
krupp Offline
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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 - 02/08/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: krupp]
ColdBore Offline
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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 - 02/08/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: ColdBore]
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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 - 02/08/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: hotsoup]
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I have a 500 12ga
shoulders and points good,comfortable iron.
nice to shoot.
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#3772988 - 02/08/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: krupp]
Redneck Offline
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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 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: Redneck]
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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 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: krupp]
Eremicus Offline
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Registered: 03/01/01
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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 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: MOGC]
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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 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: Redneck]
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Thanks Redneck... appreciate the feedback.
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#3784190 - 02/11/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: MOGC]
Biathlonman Offline
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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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#3791898 - 02/13/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: Biathlonman]
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I just picked one up myself for about the same $$$$ near 99% condition. It may not have ever been shot.







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#3793870 - 02/13/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: ROMAC]
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Yep, that's the gun. That's some really light colored wood on it. E

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#3793872 - 02/13/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: ROMAC]
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That is a very nice SKB! It's a shame they are out of business now.
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#3805548 - 02/17/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: MOGC]
rchery59 Offline
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I just bought one too. I paid almost double what you paid for one in what I would consider 98% It didn't have 100 rounds thru it. Now that I shot it I'd by another one for the same money

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#3806456 - 02/17/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: MOGC]
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Originally Posted By: MOGC
That is a very nice SKB! It's a shame they are out of business now.
SKB's not out of business.. Where did you hear that??

http://www.skbshotguns.com/
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#3809380 - 02/18/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: Redneck]
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That is the buzz on the SKB Forum at ShotgunWorld.com. It seems to be verified, I dunno. If it is true I hate to see them off the market. The thread...

http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=114&t=204872
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#3810305 - 02/18/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: MOGC]
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I'll try to find out more..
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#3810427 - 02/18/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: Redneck]
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Let us know, I am interested in this, thanks.
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#3810806 - 02/18/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: Redneck]
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Originally Posted By: Redneck
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...

Redneck:

I have not heard much about SKB shotguns, so I am very interested to read your comments above!

I have an Ithaca/SKB 20 ga side by side (3 inch chambers) that is a dream to handle and fits like it was tailor made for me.

I have likely shot it 2 thousand times (skeet and as many grouse as I could manage!).

Are the SKB side by sides fairly durable guns?
I ask because I like the gun so much that I have reduced the amount I shoot it at skeet to make sure it does not get loose. Wise move, or unnecessary precaution?

Many thanks for your expert opinion (others with firsthand knowledge welcome too)!

John

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#3811724 - 02/19/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: jpb]
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2000 rounds? No need to slow down yet. Your gun should keep chugging along well past that mark.

Myself, I just bought another SKB today. A beautiful 685 that I plan to use for sporting clays. I already have a 28 and 20 ga in the 685 variety, and now have a 12 on the way as well. It is slated to replace a Citori sporting gun, if that tells you anything about what I think of them.

I actually break more birds with my 28 and 20 ga SKB's than I do with my 12 ga Browning.

I love my SKB's....

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#3813202 - 02/19/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: ColdBore]
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Originally Posted By: jpb
I have likely shot it 2 thousand times (skeet and as many grouse as I could manage!).

Are the SKB side by sides fairly durable guns?
They are every bit as durable as any Browning.
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I ask because I like the gun so much that I have reduced the amount I shoot it at skeet to make sure it does not get loose. Wise move, or unnecessary precaution?

Totally unnecessary.. I'm pretty sure I have over 10,000 rounds through my 85TSS un-single and I've not had a single failure of any kind.. Another one, a M700 has well over 10K rounds through it and only shows a little discoloration of the receiver through use.. I've replaced one trigger return spring, one sear and one sear spring on it to date..

Originally Posted By: ColdBore
Myself, I just bought another SKB today. A beautiful 685 that I plan to use for sporting clays.
I love my SKB's....
The 685s are sweet.. I have a 3-barrel skeet set in the M685..


I just wish I had more time to use it.. cry
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#3813227 - 02/19/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: Redneck]
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Originally Posted By: Redneck
The 685s are sweet.. I have a 3-barrel skeet set in the M685..


I took the longer, and more expensive cry , route. I got the three gun set. 12, 20, and 28.

Love them!

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#3813385 - 02/19/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: Redneck]
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Many thanks for you comments, Redneck!

I did not know if your high opinion of the SKB's extended to the side by sides... Great to hear that it does! smile

I have been thinking of replacing my 12 ga Ruger O/U with something. Not a bad gun, but although I hit well with it, I have never warmed up to it like my side by side SKB.

I had been considering a Beretta O/U, but after reading this thread, I now think that I perhaps should get a 12 ga SKB over and under! I will have to see which fits me better, but at least I will not have to sorry about shooting an SKB loose at trap...

It is great to be able to get information like this from somebody like you, Redneck. Many thanks.

John

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#3813635 - 02/19/10 Re: ITHACA Model 500/SKB [Re: jpb]
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You're very welcome.. smile
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