IMI Timberwolf .357mag pump action............HA!!!


May 29, 2003, 12:36 PM
I have wanted one of these for years and finally have one! After checking one out in Isreal back in 97 my search has been on. I never saw one locally or at gunshows and the examples I saw on GunsAmerica & other online spots looked well worn and were expensive. About six months ago I ordered an example in 'kit' form from Old Sacramento Armory..........all new parts but incomplete as there were 16 or so missing pins and springs. My gunsmith worked on it in his spare time and as he is very busy (making parts for Brownells & others) it took a while. The kit ran me $180 or so and about $200 worth of 'smithing' has resulted in a new condition Timberwolf that shoots like a dream! MAN does the .357mag perform better out of a rifle. The 'whack!' of the round hitting an old truck rim @ 100yards out at my favorite local shooting pit is WAY louder/harder than the one out of my 6" Dan Wesson using the same ammo. Not a real technical test I know but you can sure tell by the sound difference!

My smith is a real pro and had no worries about the job. The dealer only provided a crappy diagram with the missing parts highlighted. We had to shorten the mag-tube by 1/8" or so but it still easily holds 10 rounds. Everything else went together smoothly. I had to score an extractor off of ebay and we used it as an example to make a better one. (we made a few extra for selling) It took a few shooting trips to work out the bugs byt she now works flawlessly. The aluminum cased/rimmed Blazer stuff is not liked at all by the action.

The pump action sound is just like a pump shotgun, which is also pretty cool. This will be my primary truck gun as it is almost the definition of one. It will never sleep out of the safe though! finding a replacment is way to hard

As there seems to be a problem with fragile stock sets. I will have one milled out of oak or commie $$$ ply. Hell, I might make a few and sell some.

My other rifles will be getting some serious safe time and it looks like I will have to finally set up the reloading equipment that has been boxed up out in the shop for months and start loading up the empty shells that I have been saving for 10 years!


(did I say HA!!)?

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May 29, 2003, 12:39 PM
Sounds cool! I've recently been looking at the leveraction .357's and .45's.

May 29, 2003, 12:58 PM
I wouldn't mind one myself; have you tried 38s in it? Some of the lever guns I've tried would feed 357s just fine, but would choke on 38s.

May 29, 2003, 01:01 PM
no I have not. methinks .38s would be boring!

I only keep a a few .38 +p shells around for my ti snubby but have lots of .357mag around

George Hill
May 29, 2003, 01:03 PM
Congrats. Pictures would be great. The Timberwolf is an awesome gun.

May 29, 2003, 01:50 PM
Sounds like a rewarding project; I'm waiting for a .357 lever-gun (Marlin 1894cs) that's in the mail, though, and I've got to tell you, listening to you enjoy your mag rifle is just about more than an anxious boy can take!

six 4 sure
May 29, 2003, 02:10 PM
I like you have wanted one of those for years. I actually got to shoot a .44 mag one a couple years ago. I had no Idea there were kits available.

Putting one of those together sounds like just the challenge my gunsmith buddy likes. I gave up hope finding one of these. Thanks for the post I'm going to order one of those kits by the end of the week.


May 29, 2003, 02:25 PM
OH GREAT!!! ( voice of Steve Martin as Lucky Day in the Three Amigos) my search for a .44mag Timberwolf starts!

May 29, 2003, 02:34 PM

Nice looking rifle I am jealous!

May 29, 2003, 02:54 PM
mine looks JUST as new as that!!

..did I mention 'HA!' ??(!)

AJ Dual
May 29, 2003, 02:58 PM
For how freaking popular they are, you'd think IMI would start importing them back into the US again. :confused:

And a pump-action from Isreal is as about as PC as it gets too, as far as import worries go.

May 29, 2003, 11:02 PM
Cool story.
If they were readily available, they'd sell.

May 29, 2003, 11:28 PM
HAHAHA I know first hand what you mean by crappy diagram!!!! Ed who is the owner of Old Sacramento Armouryhas plenty of kits and the crummy diagrams that go with them. His Kits are pretty high quality. I believe there are parts that need to be fabricated by a machinist or a really good gunsmith. The wood fore-end and stock pretty nice.

Did you get the blued of SS recievers. I believe that he has both.

Ask for Ed @ Old Sacramento Armoury

I sure that he would be happy to sell you one!

May 30, 2003, 02:12 AM

........dude has no desire for 'pimp' Timberwolf!

May 30, 2003, 09:40 AM
What is the barrell length and what kind of groups are you getting at 100 yds.?

May 30, 2003, 10:56 AM
looks like 18" or so and I am getting minute-of-tire rim at 100 cans @ 50 are easy

May 30, 2003, 01:39 PM
I have a Rossi .357 lever gun. Nothing scientific, but it looks like
it groups around 4" or so at 100 yds. 50 yds looked pretty good.
Sounds like similiar results.

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