Ithaca Gun Company will launch a new hunting rifle at the 2016 SHOT Show. The new bolt-action gun has the classic stylings of a traditional hunting rifle with the niceties of modern design.
Initially, the rifle will be available in .308 Win and .300 Win Mag. The company will offer two barrel lengths: 20″ and 24″. There will be a variety of trigger options available.
The receiver is built from 4340 alloy. The bolt is a one piece design with two lugs and a M-16 style extractor. No word yet on pricing, but there will be a number of options available including a choice of stocks. I’m hearing the Tiger Maple and Black Walnut stocks will both be available on this rifle.
Ithaca began teasing this rifle about a month ago on its Facebook page, but has not released much more than a photo of the new gun.
Ithaca Gun Company opened shop in Ithaca, NY in 1883. Since that time, the company has changed hands and locations several times. The current owners purchased the company’s assets in 2007. At that time, the company was already located in Ohio.
In addition to the new hunting rifle, the company makes a line of shotguns and 1911 pistols. I’m hoping the current owners are able to keep things going both in terms of profitability and new designs.
Although inexpensive hunting rifle designs have been introduced in recent years by Mossberg, Ruger and others, I expect the Ithaca rifle sets aim at a more refined market that is less price sensitive. However, until the company releases suggested retail pricing information, I simply will not know.