Good gun alert: 20g Ithaca/SKB SxS…

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA SIDE-BY-SIDE EXCELLENT
ITHACA SKB 280 20GA SIDE-BY-SIDE EXCELLENT

I’m a fanatic for old shotguns. That being said, I do realize modern SxSs and OUs have benefits: Perfected designs, suitability with modern ammo, easier to fix, etc.

Of the modern stuff out there, I’ve always liked Ithaca/SKB side by sides. SKB is another of Japan’s famous gunmakers and Ithaca imported SxSs and OUs made by them from 1966-1977 or so. Well made and rugged, these guns are great deals when you find them today.

The one you see here is a 280. Introduced in ’71 as an English Field model, it was Ithaca/SKB’s “…excitingly new deluxe field gun…in the classic English style.” It’s built on a Anson& Deeley style boxlock action and features ejectors, chrome-lined barrels and hand checkering.

Priced at $249.95 when it first hit the market, it cost far less than Browning’s Superposeds, which started at $465.

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA SIDE-BY-SIDE EXCELLENT
ITHACA SKB 280 20GA SIDE-BY-SIDE EXCELLENT

RE: It’s the Ithaca/SKB/s 25″ barrels? Don’t fear ’em. For upland shooting, most your shots are quick pokes rather. So the short tubes won’t make a difference.

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA SIDE-BY-SIDE EXCELLENTA very lightly used 20ga Ithaca/SKB. Very few hunting marks keep this gun from being 100%. It’s getting harder to find these guns in this kind of shape. Good to go, no issues, close to new.  Price: $1850 

Manufacturer: SKB
Model: 280
Chambers: 3IN
Ejectors: YES
Condition: EXCELLENT
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT
Wood Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: EXCELENT
Barrels: 25IN
Triggers: SINGLE SELECTIVE

ITHACA SKB 280 20GA SIDE-BY-SIDE EXCELLENT
ITHACA SKB 280 20GA SIDE-BY-SIDE EXCELLENT

Gauge: 20GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 3/8IN
Butt Pad: ORIGINAL
LOP: 14 1/4 REAR SINGEL TRIGGER
Finish: ORIGINAL
Weight: 6LBS
Choke Left: MOD
Choke Right: IMP/CYL
Proof:Nitro: YES

Good guns on the market right now…

Here a few good looking guns that have caught my eye lately:

Ithaca/SKB 280E 12g Side by Side Shotgun
Ithaca/SKB 280E 12g Side by Side Shotgun

Ithaca/SKB 280E, 12g, 28″ – this is a nice looking, well made boxlock with ejectors and shootable dimensions. These guns are solid, reliable, and the single trigger always makes the gun go bang. Perfect for ducks or pheasants.

12g Purdey Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
12g Purdey Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

 

12g Purdey – Even though Purdey has made 30,000+ guns, finding a good one at a fair price can be tough. This Purdey looks like it may fit the bill, though. If the new barrels were really added by Purdey (I would drop them an email and check with them), the price is in the ballpark. The wood looks freshened, but not messed up. Nice looking leather pad , too.

 

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