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Old 12-04-2017, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default Ithica 22 lever action

I found this in the classifieds a few weeks ago. The add said free parts gun. I received it with the butt stock off, rear sight missing, the receiver painted olive drab and with a sandwich bag full of parts.
I traded the owner a hand made hunting knife because even a broken gun has value.
After watching a fairly well made video, the only video for this model I could find and studying hard to read, fuzzy explode diagrams and buying about $65 in parts from Numrich and sand blasting away the olive drab and putting on a proper rattle can finish. Here it is.


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Old 12-04-2017, 07:17 PM   #2
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:18 PM   #3
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Nice job
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:20 PM   #4
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Sweet
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:22 PM   #5
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Beautiful!
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:22 PM   #6
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Very nice. Shoot it yet?
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:25 PM   #7
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Very nice. Shoot it yet?
All the best,
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Yes and no!
I shot it but the extractor spring broke so took it back apart, just installed the new spring and cycled a bunch of bullet through it but have not fired it yet.

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Old 12-04-2017, 07:32 PM   #8
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Yes and no!
I shot it but the extractor spring broke so took it back apart, just installed the new spring and cycled a bunch of bullet through it but have not fired it yet.
Dang. That's too bad. I'd get rid of it if I were you. Sell it for what you have into it. I'll send you a check and my mailing address in a few minutes, and I'll dispose of it properly for you so you don't have to keep tinkering with it. You shouldn't have to suffer like that.

On a more serious note - Great looking piece. You did a great job on it. I hope it shoots very well for you and gives you many years of shooting enjoyment!

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Old 12-04-2017, 07:37 PM   #9
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Great restoration. Nice to see it come back to life and b functional again.
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:39 PM   #10
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Nice!!!
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:40 PM   #11
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Very nice sir, glad you got her running!!
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:45 PM   #12
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Very nice restore.
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:45 PM   #13
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Thank you Adam for a great project.

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Old 12-04-2017, 07:49 PM   #14
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Sweet gun I had one of those growing up.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:01 PM   #15
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Great job on restore... looks great.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:12 PM   #16
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Yep. Is yours a single shot? My first gun was an Ithaca lever action 22 single shot.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:16 PM   #17
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Yep. Is yours a single shot? My first gun was an Ithaca lever action 22 single shot.
No sir this one is a repeater, holds 14 in the tube.

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Old 12-04-2017, 08:48 PM   #18
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Great job. What spray finish did you use?
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:53 PM   #19
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Looks great
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:30 PM   #20
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Great job. What spray finish did you use?
Rust-Oleum!

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Old 12-04-2017, 09:39 PM   #21
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Lemonade !
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Old 12-04-2017, 10:12 PM   #22
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Need to call that one the Phoenix. Great rebirth.
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Old 12-04-2017, 10:34 PM   #23
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Nice job


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Old 12-04-2017, 10:40 PM   #24
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Yep. Is yours a single shot? My first gun was an Ithaca lever action 22 single shot.
That's what my first rifle was, Ithaca single shot lever. I ran my first trap line carrying it too.

That would make a kid a good little starter rifle Bowyer, nice job.
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Old 12-04-2017, 10:46 PM   #25
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I believe the M49 was the single shot and the rifle you have is the repeater M72, a very well made firearm. Nice job on the restoration.
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Old 12-04-2017, 10:51 PM   #26
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Good job!
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:12 AM   #27
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I believe the M49 was the single shot and the rifle you have is the repeater M72, a very well made firearm. Nice job on the restoration.
It's a model 49 R.
From my research and small amount of data to be found, my guess is that there weren't very many produced. Not calling it rare just not common.

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Old 12-05-2017, 08:18 AM   #28
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Thanks for all the compliments, I really enjoyed this project.
I have a bunch of grandkids that are going to like this one!

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Old 12-06-2017, 10:55 PM   #29
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excellent ,, good project!
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Old 12-07-2017, 02:15 AM   #30
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You Sir, are very talented Well done.
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