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Old 04-28-2019, 10:35 AM
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Ithaca 49R repair/restore project



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Friend gave me his Ithaca 49R, hoping I could fix it, follower, spring and ejector was bad. Gun could also use a bit of a restore, some surface rust on barrel, wood had a lot of dings and scratches, receiver was chipped up.

I've never worked on a rifle like this and there is NO information out there on this gun.....except for some video's made by docv73 many years ago. I emailed him about the videos and he kindly sent them all to me, showing in detail how to dis-assemble and re-assemble. Thankfully Numrich had all the parts I needed and with doc's video's I was able to repair and then I restored the entire rifle.
Could not have done this without the video's...docv73...THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Took the gun to our club's indoor range ( 25 yards) everything works great and even with my old eyes and a good rest, was able to do 3/8" group with iron sights. I'm happy and I'm sure my friend will be also.

I'm going to try to put a pic of the rifle up, but I make no guarentee's, I'm older and terrible with this stuff, lol

OK, pics upside down, sorry, don't know how to fix that
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:38 AM
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Nice work! I recently acquired a 49 and a 72...both have been a lot of fun to shoot and learn about. The RFC forum was a big help. I have heard that the 49a had some issues with reliability. I presume the 72 replaced it? See pics of my 72 a few posts down on this forum.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:47 AM
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Nice work! I recently acquired a 49 and a 72...both have been a lot of fun to shoot and learn about. The RFC forum was a big help. I have heard that the 49a had some issues with reliability. I presume the 72 replaced it? See pics of my 72 a few posts down on this forum.
Thank you. Yes the 49R (repeater) was problematic, it ran from 1968-72 and then was replaced with the model 72. It definitely pushed my amateur gunsmithing and restoring skills to the limit but I think it turned out very nice.
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Old 04-28-2019, 01:10 PM
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Tnx for the info correction on model # Redeye... 49R...
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Old 04-28-2019, 01:59 PM
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Nice work!
Can I send you my 49 to refurb?

It shoots great , but someone chucked up the barrel. Looks like it was yanked out of a partly closed car door. Scuffs and gouges . I just colored them in with a sharpie. Paid nothing for it , and itís a good little shooter. Great for the kids, one shot, cowboy look.

I understand accidents, and wear, and parts breaking. What I donít understand is neglect. Is it that we live in a disposable society?
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Old 04-28-2019, 04:08 PM
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Your 49R looks nice. I owned a regular 49 many years ago, it worked well and I liked the looks but never owned it for long.
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A little update...
called my friend and told him the rifle was done. We met at our club, he was thrilled with the results of how it looked and most importantly that it shot and functioned correctly.
It was actually his dad's gun, he said he took it to his dad's to show him, and his dad was also thrilled with it.
Granted, it's not a valuable gun but it was important to him cause his dad gave it to him and now he can pass it down and teach his children how to shoot with it.
Makes me feel good that I was able to do this for him !
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:42 PM
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Well Done Red Eye.
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Itís not valuable itís invaluable. It holds the love of a father and son, and that of a really great friend.
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Please try to post the videos. I have one of these rifles that I want to restore. I have read that dis-assembling incorrectly will damage them.
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My first real gun was an Ithaca Mdl 49 'Saddlegun' after I passed Hunter Safety class at age 14. Ive been roamin with that rifle for 52years.
Its been apart a few times, basically a simple Martini action.
For a while I thought Id like the repeater but it never happened. A couple of times when I 'sold all my guns', it stayed.
Neat old guns that I doubt they intended to last this long.
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Old 04-30-2019, 03:57 PM
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I don't know if copy and paste will work but here are the video's I used.
I TAKE NO CREDIT FOR THESE VIDEO'S, they were done by docv73 who kindly sent them to me.
Once again ...docv73...THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAhz...ature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU40...ature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuS5...ature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwv1...ature=youtu.be

thanks everyone for the "kudo's . I'm so glad it worked out well and I was able to help my friends family !!
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Toomany22s said it best, undoubtedly.
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