Ithaca Is Back from the Dead...Again

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Under new ownership and relocated to the Ohio shores of Lake Erie, the company is once again turning out Model 37s. Let’s hope they stay in business this time, because the Deerslayer IIIs they’re building right now (above, click for larger image) really, really shoot ($959; 419-294-4113; ithacagunsusa.com). At 50 yards with Lightfield Hybreds, my test gun shot groups with all the holes touching. Out at 85 to 90 yards, it shot between 2 and 3 1/2 inches with both Hybreds and Winchester Partition Golds. The DS III has a handsome Monte Carlo walnut stock and fore-end; its fixed, fully rifled heavy barrel is fluted to save weight. Without a scope, the gun weighs about 8 1/2 pounds. The trigger is very crisp if a tad heavy. —Phil Bourjaily