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    our trip

    got some time off work so me and my young apprentice went for a bit of a recon trip up dargaville way we were planning on heading to pureora but looking back at the weather glad we didnt it was still pretty shitty up north but we managed to have a look around thursday we headed up it was pissing down so decided to check out hunting and fishing in dargaville had some nice rifles there for sale and one followed me out of the shop dont know how that happened a beautiful little ithaca model 22 saddle gun been looking for a lever action to add to the collection and thought a 22 would get more use than a centre fire its the smoothest little thing ive used cant find any info on them tho @mudgripz my be able to help so after that we headed up to have a look at marlbrough forest only to find access roads where we were were all gated and it was hailing like fuk so on the way back we stoped at an old pub te kopu i think where a fire was going and we shared it with a couple of dogs whie we had a beer and a lemon crush gotta love those old pubs then home for t and a sleep next day was still pretty shitty so we headed to another doc reserve saw heaps of sighn but only 3 animals 2 were on the opposite side of the valley on a slip so we sat and watched them for a while and one other which didnt present a good shot for young apprentice but it was a good walk her first time carrying a centre fire in a hunting situation so i was able to watch how she exercised muzzle control etc she did well weather packed up again so we headed bak and went for a drive out to pouto then back for t and a sleep saturday was nice so we popped in for a visit to some friends up that way young apprentice stayed and played with her friends and us 2 went for a hunt on a place he has access to got 11 goats so a good time off was had cheers ndName:  d&k.jpg
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    I do miss that part of the country at times....


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    Ithaca sold a lever action model 72 with very smooth action. Also a 49R repeater - check which yours is. Here is some good comment on Ithaca levers:

    "Ithaca produced the Model 49 single-shot levergun, and the 49R repeating levergun. The "R" model was problematic, and Ithaca did not return them to customers who sent them in for service. Both the 49 & the 49R appear to have magazine tubes, but the single-shot's is false. The repeater's inner magazine tube was made of plastic, and would eventually crack apart. Replacements are metal. The 49 & "R" are falling-block type actions.

    The replacement for the 49R was the Ithaca Model 72. The 72 was designed by the father of Anthony Imperato (the president of Henry Repeating Arms). The 72 was manufactured in Germany by Erma Werke. Erma also sold a version of the 72. The 72 was available in .22LR & .22 Magnum. The action is of a more traditional type, for a lever action rifle (sliding breechbolt?).

    Later, Iver-Johnson sold the old Ithaca 72 as the "Wagon Master". At some point in time, production was moved to the U.S.A. as a cost-cutting measure. Today's Henry H001-series rifle is essentially the same rifle as the Ithaca/ Erma/ Iver-Johnson rifles. The earlier 49 & 49R models are totally different animals from the Erma Werke/Ithaca 72/Iver Johnsen/Henry lever rifle."

    If yours is the model 72 it'll have super smooth action but can give problems if fired warm. They have quite thin barrels which can heat up after 5 or so shots and groups will spread out from sub 1" at 50m to 2-4" - sprayed everywhere. I bought the Henry HOO1 - previously Erma Werke/Ithaca/Iver Johnsen and it was hopeless after a few rounds and went back to dealer. Try yours and if its a nice shooter and you're not firing too many bigger groups it could be fine.

    The best of the rimfire lever actions are the Marlin 39/39A, the Miroku/Brownings, and my favourite - the beautiful little Winchester 9422. As an afterthought I'd add the fine little Ruger model 96 .22 lever - excellent little hunter rifle with no real weaknesses, and alot better accuracy than the Ruger 10/22 semis.
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    This one must be an odd one it has the same action as the 72 but only has model 22 saddle gun Ithaca NY made in West Germany and the s/no is underneath the action not on the side like in the pics I've seen

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    Plus one on the 94/22...sweet little rifle


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    On a closer look with a magnifying glass its a 72
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