Ithaca M-66 SuperSingle 20ga.

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  1. JBHorne

    JBHorne XDTalk 1K Member

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    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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    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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    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 ...:mrgreen:
     
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    JBHorne XDTalk 1K Member

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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.

    - Brickboy240
     
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    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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