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Question by AR Doug. Uploaded on December 09, 2010
I recently had the choice of recieving an Ithaca Featherlight 12 ga or a winchester 42 .410.... so I did some research and was dissapointed that the Ithaca was worth close to $400 . I know its not the same model but I though id put that out there...........I chose the model 42 when I found it was worth close to $3500..
Your Ithaca M66 12ga single shot lever gun in 100%
$100-$150 made 1963-1978.
The Ithaca 66 is not a good candidate for lots of firing with heavy loads. I have had, by my notes, 4 come through my shop with receivers cracked up both sides of the hinge pin making the gun inoperable. One of the damaged guns was very clean and looked to me as though it hadn't been used very much while the others were well used. I hope this is helpful.
Thanks for all the info, im not selling it just wondering how much it is worth and thanks libertyfirst for the warning ill keep a look out for that on mine
Libertyfirst is right; the pot metal receiver just does not hold up well. The receiver metal was so bad, it could not be anodized and they painted them, but they were cheap and sold like hotcakes @ $44.50,brand new.
That better be a 'peach' of a 42 to fetch $3500. Granted, folks have gone nuts over them. I bought a m/42 26" Cyl from a fellow for $35.00 in about 1973.
It had a broken lifter and he couldn't find a replacement and didn't like the idea of a single shot pump. Our gunsmith was a 42 nut and had parts out the wazoo in the shop and let me have a lifter. I sent it to Simmons Gunworks and they reblued it, put a rib on it and AA fancy skeet wood and forearm on it. The bill was a whopping $280.00, wish I still had that one.
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