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Ithaca M-66 SuperSingle 20ga.

This is a discussion on Ithaca M-66 SuperSingle 20ga. within the Shotgun Talk forums, part of the Long Gun Talk category; Hey guys, I have an Ithaca M-66 SuperSingle 20ga. from my dad. The barrel states that it's a 20ga 3" chamber. Wally World didn't carry ...


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Old 07-15-2008, 10:28 PM   #1
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Ithaca M-66 SuperSingle 20ga.

Hey guys,

I have an Ithaca M-66 SuperSingle 20ga. from my dad. The barrel states that it's a 20ga 3" chamber.

Wally World didn't carry 3" 20ga shells, so I got 2-3/4". Is it bad to shoot 2-3/4" shells from a 3" chamber in 20ga? Obviously the reverse would be a very bad idea.

Before I call Ithaca, I thought I would ask here.

Any one KNOW FOR SURE?

Thanks!
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:37 AM   #2
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It's ok to shoot 2-3/4" shells and 3" in that shotgun, I've got the same shotgun in 20 and 12 gauge.
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:11 AM   #3
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I 2nd

It's safe to shoot the 2 3/4" shell in a 3" mag chamber.

Kind of like .38 special in a .357 mag or a .44 special in a .44 mag or ...
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:10 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. I actually went shooting trap last night with it. It wasn't for me, but I was letting my friend shoot for the first time with it (She's 5'2", 100lbs) Even for a 20ga, it still recoils a lot. I'm not a big shotgun person, so help me out here: Can I put a newer recoil pad on it? Like a really soft one? How do you know if one is going to fit?
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First off man i love that gun Used to have one a long time ago; never should have gotten rid of it. Second the only problem i have ever had with that weapon is i personally think that model 20ga single shot kicks more than my 12ga with a 2 3/4 shell. don't know why but definitely weird. maybe i am crazy If you go to you local gun shop or try online i bet you can find a good recoil pad for that thing. Don't be scared the shop if its a normal one will help you out if ya just talk to them. I remember shooting mine with the stock plastic but plate sucked a little.
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Absolutely safe!

Any 3 inch 20 or 12 gauge should be more than safe to use the shorter 2 3/4" loads. The 3" 20 gauge loads have quite a kick (for a 20 gauge) and are really not necessary.

Buy the 2 3/4" shells and blaze away. You could even shoot the powder puff light 2.5" English light loads in a 3" 20 gauge if you want. They kick less than a 410...but the price of these shells will kick you!

A 20 gauge single shot is great for snakes or varmints at close range. Load it with some 2 3/4" Super-Xs #4s - that is a good varmint/snake load. I use them out of my Zabala 20 gauge SxS all the time for snakes.

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Thanks guys. I actually went shooting trap last night with it. It wasn't for me, but I was letting my friend shoot for the first time with it (She's 5'2", 100lbs) Even for a 20ga, it still recoils a lot. I'm not a big shotgun person, so help me out here: Can I put a newer recoil pad on it? Like a really soft one? How do you know if one is going to fit?
Even Wal-Mart has slip on recoil pads for cheap. They come in different sizes and it does'nt have to be a permanent fixture. Try to find some lower powered target loads too.
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