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Old 04-29-2019, 10:52 AM
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Tnx MilGunsGuy and BigLoop22. Milguns: Do you agree with my thoughts that the M72 was put thru the process to make it look "antique"? Or do you think it simply had al the blue worn off?
that model 72 looks like it was used and neglected so long that the all the blue wore off and the barrel rusted brown. The receiver and bands can't rust, they just turn grey. They're made of cheap, non-ferrous alloy metal that does not hold finish or suffer corrosion.

Look at other used 72s on Gunbroker closed ads; these rifles do not age gracefully.
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Old 04-29-2019, 05:30 PM
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Tnx Milgunsguy; you are probably right. But, this one does look good, to me anyway, and is a good/fun plinker. Its a keeper, for now anyway. :-)
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Just back in from the range (back side of the mountain I live on)...the old 72 shot super. Couldn't resist another pic.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:16 PM
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Dang; upside down. Sorry. I tried hard to get it right.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:38 PM
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glad the ole 72's shooting nice for ya !! Very nice rifle !!
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:42 PM
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Tnx Red Eye! When it's restoration time, I know who to call, right? :-)
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:55 PM
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Tnx Red Eye! When it's restoration time, I know who to call, right? :-)
I would surely help you with it if needed.
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USCGret,

That 72 looks very good. It reminds me of Winchester 94 that I got from a pawnshop. The rifle must have been put away wet, and it had a rough, freckled receiver, with a peeling finish, on the wood. I did not try to restore it, but I wanted to make it look presentable:





I carefully wet-sanded the receiver, avoiding the serial number & proof-marks:







...and I used acetone to remove the peeling varnish, while leaving the color in the wood:





I used Birchwood Casey Super Blue on the receiver, and Tru-Oil on the wood:





Later, Igot a long-wood forend, and an old, leather sling for the rifle:



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Old 04-30-2019, 10:13 PM
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BigLoop 22....

Nicely done, looks good
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Old 05-01-2019, 07:01 AM
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+1 Big Loop 22 -- really nice work. it's great to restore these vintage firearms. I wish I had the skill to accomplish more.
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Ithaca 49

The Ithaca 49 was my very first real gun back about 1965. Bought second-hand for about $25. Fired shells stuck in chamber, I polished the chamber with emery cloth and then fired shells popped out. It was an early one, with real walnut stock. Wish I still had it.
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Understand the sentiment Tallguy606 on the mdl 49... Fun to shoot; I'm sure this one made great memories for many prior to my purchase.

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Old 05-25-2019, 11:10 AM
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Ithaca Model 49

My brother sold my Model 49 to raise himself some beer money after I went in service in 1968. The gun was a Christmas gift in about 1963 and the first real gun I ever shot. The empties stuck in the chamber also, probably caused by those forty cents a box 22 shorts that I shot back then.
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Old 05-27-2019, 05:17 PM
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Roger your last 410Jim....too bad it got away from you. I see you did some time in the USCG...
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Old 05-27-2019, 11:35 PM
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My first gun, 13th birthday gift. Ithaca Model 49.
I have kept it all these years. The extractor broke, common problem.
Recently found video to disassemble and replaced extractor, freshened up the finish on the stock. Found and installed a Williams M49 adjustable peep sight. This gun was always an accurate shooter, but the Williams turned it into a great shooter!
https://youtu.be/NJ4WUA-2fV8

Didn't need the rear sight with the peep, made a dovetail slot filler for a penny.
https://youtu.be/kLwtQRg7n9c
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