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Opinions on Ithaca MX8

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by watchknut, Nov 15, 2011.

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  1. watchknut

    watchknut TS Member

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    I am new to the board and have read a lot of the posts--everyone seems incredibly helpful. I am looking to purchase a Perazzi MX8 Special Trap from the Ithaca era (numbers matching). The gun has 29 1/2" barrels that were ported by Briley with thin-wall chokes installed. It has the internal selector P4 Pull/Pull trigger, an upgraded custom adjustable comb monte carlo stock with Gra-coil adjustable pad. The gun rates about 90% with original blue with no major flaws. The top lever is slightly right of center and the gun had new springs installed by Giacomo a few years back and has not been shot since. The seller is asking $3500.

    Before I shell out any money, I wanted to ask the board what they think. Thanks in advance for the opinions.
     
  2. TOOLMAKER 251

    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    Ithaca imported MX-8's in the 70's the special came out long after the 70's sounds like the receiver is a special, but the barrels are from the Ithaca era. If it is a really clean gun $3,500 would be a fair price. I would check to see if it has type #4 barrels and forend on it, if not the gun is worth less.
     
  3. watchknut

    watchknut TS Member

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    I stand corrected, it is just an MX8 and not a special. The receiver, barrels and forend iron numbers match.

    What are some other guns that are worthwhile in the $2-4.5K range? I would like to buy pre-owned.
     
  4. Steve W

    Steve W Well-Known Member

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    It's almost impossible to find a type IV MX-8 in reasonable condition at $3,500.

    Ithaca import MX-8 are mostly type III with case color receiver. IMO, these guns are good value, you saved approx. $1,000 on average vs a type IV MX-8 in the same condition.

    This particular gun's modifications are subject to your preferences,

    Briley chokes are a plus, it can offset the (negative) about porting if you don't like porting. The P4 trigger with barrel selector is definitely a plus (value wise), the custom stock is strictly up to you.

    90% condition is not high in my book, you'll need to evaluate it carefully.
     
  5. Hal1225

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    They are great trap guns, but over priced in my opinion. For me money is very hard to come by so I can only afford cheap used or inherited shotguns such as my Dad's 1950 Model 12 trap shotgun. Many years ago I had the FFL and owned Eastern Gun. It was nothing but a head ach. Anyway after my wife died last year I decided to shoot again. I went with a used 870 Comp that I paid $450.00. It is a fine shotgun but doesn't fit and neither does the Model 12. I almost bought a used BT 99 which I shot many years ago, but came across a used Ithaca Century II trap with 34" full choke no ports barrel. It fits like a glove and I like it. So for $650.00 I have a gun good enough to shoot against my friend who shoots a Ljutic and the MX 8 for doubles. He broke 96 shooting an 870 pump in doubles and the best he has done with the MX 8 is 94 after 4 years trying. So buy what fits best and go from there.

    Harry
     
  6. hot springs

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    I bought a used on in 1992 for the same price. I shot it for 18 years with no troubles whatsoever. Mine did not have the P4 trigger however. In my opinion, they are great pointing guns and I really enjoyed mine.
     
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