Gun Report

Ithaca Model 37 Turkeyslayer

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Though it's nearly twice as expensive as the Mossberg, this is nonetheless a quality product. Among its advantages were a better trigger pull and a steel receiver.

Ithaca Model 37 Turkeyslayer

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Action Type
Chamber Length
Choke Tubes
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Receiver Material
Rib Width
Stock Material
Length of Pull
Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
Trigger Pull Weight Bottom
Trigger Pull Weight Top

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The fluorescent ramp rifle sight that comes on the Ithaca Turkeyslayer offered a good sight picture.
A turkey gun should throw the center of the shot pattern on the turkey's vulnerable head and neck. To test for pattern density, we shot a standard patterning setup, counting the percentage of pellets in a 30-inch circle at 40 yards. We also determined the number of pellets that each gun put into the "kill zone" on turkey head targets. We used 3-inch 2-ounce loads of copper-plated, buffered numbers 4, 5, and 6 shot from Remington, Winchester, and Federal, nickel-plated versions provided by Activ, and Winchester's new high velocity turkey loads.

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