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pump action paradox

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by oldfool, Mar 26, 2010.

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  1. oldfool

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    unrequited love...
    always had a yen for a pump action carbine ("modern" styling but not "tacticool" styling) in 357 mag caliber

    There was the Colt Lightning. There are some very pricey replicas targeting the nostalgia and/or CAS/SASS folks, like the Beretta Gold Rush. There was the short lived IMI Timberwolf (still can be had on auction sites, if bold enough to pay the price and worry about reliabilty and parts availability after). The was the pert-near-non-event Taurus Thunderbolt (especially non-event in 357 carbine length). Some folks do own and love any of the above, but the apparent majority consensus is that none of the above are/were remarkably reliable. Other than the niche replica market, seems like none of the manufacturers can make a modern day version that can hold it's own in the marketplace.

    Some say the above mentioned models not built stout enough, actions being too "delicate" or "complex" ,,... which makes no sense to me... might be true of above examples, but would seem like not all that hard to to do new and improved, highly reliable

    Remington makes an entire line of fairly popular "7600" pumpers, and they make 'em in carbine lengths, calibers in 30-06 and 308 (hardly what anyone could call wussie calibers), some made in pretty conventional style models, mag loading, but stocked like a sporter, tactical not required

    shucks, I could even live with black, if need be

    so... why no love for us pistol carbine guys who would love a pumper to go along with our 357 lever actions ?


    if they can do a "police" carbine in 308, why won't they do a 357 for me ?
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  2. Jason_W

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    There has been little love for pump action rifles in general. You see them more often here in northern NE than other parts of the country.

    I'm with you though, I've always thought a pump action carbine in .357 or .44 mag would be pretty cool.
     
  3. ArmedBear

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    Lever guns have solid foreends. CAS could be shot with a shotgun: speed, not high accuracy, is the key, so pump rifles are functional.
     
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    Here's my IMI Timber Wolf in .357 Mag, they also were made in .44 Mag. They are no longer being imported. It's a nice, light weight pump action carbine that holds 10 rounds. The stock is adjustable in case you're using an optic. I plan on getting it threaded for a suppressor. It should be pretty quiet using .38 Spl ammo, which is subsonic.

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  5. oldfool

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    yup, that IMI is the one 1st put me thinking on it way back when
    but waited too long, out thunk myself
    nice

    don't believe in magic bullets that do "everything", but a 38/357 is tough to beat for versatility, especially a revolver plus carbine
     
  6. JT'sDad

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    I am a big fan of pumps, Taurus M72C 22mag, Rem 870, and my IMI Timberwolf in .357.
    I have owned a Ruger 96/22M and a Marlin 1894CS, being a lefty I never liked the lever action, just my personal preference for pump action.
     

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    I believe that the Timberwolf was briefly available with a metal "skeleton" stock... I seem to remember seeing one in a catalog once. At one time a company in South Africa was developing a pump 12 ga shotgun that was detachable magazine fed and had the general form factor of an UZI with a folding stock.
     
  8. Jim Watson

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    You could haunt the gun shows and look for a Remington Model 14 1/2 in .44-40.
    True, you couldn't buy WWB at cheapmart, but it is a good sound gun designed by John Pedersen, the man John Browning called the best in the business.
     
  9. RyanM

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    What I don't like about the pump rifles is they're always the old style where the bolt pops out of the end of the receiver. "Shuck-smash-pinch OOWWWW MY THUMB!"
     
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    "OOWWWW MY THUMB!"

    Had not thought of that as the only pumps I have used are my 870s and a Model 12 Remington 22. Was thinking a 357 in a Marlin style receiver but a pump would be uber-cool but pinning my hand to the stock trying to get a follow up shot makes my stomach churn.
     
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    Would it be possible to base a pistol cal carbine on a 760 or 7600 action? I'm sure it would be pricey to have that kind of a custom job done, but I think it's an interesting concept.
     
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    I'd want a 760 or 7600 in 35 Remington.
     
  13. rcmodel

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    You must be joking. Right?

    I have shot Winchester .22 pumps my whole life.
    I currently own five of them.
    Also Winchester 97 pump shotguns with hammers.

    I have never in my life had the bolt smash my thumb, or even touch it.
    If you smash your thumb with one, you would have to really work at improperly placing it under the hammer spur after you fired it, but before you pumped it.

    You can get Colt lightening pump repro's in .38/.357 Mag, 44-40, and .45 Colt here.
    http://www.cimarron-firearms.com/RepeatingRifles/LightningRifle.htm#

    rc
     
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    Am I joking? Don't think so, just concerned.
     
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    That would be why you don't have a problem, probably.

    It was the first shot of the day and my first time using that rifle (it was someone else's), and I had no warning that the bolt comes out the back. I figured it was like a Spencer sort of, that you pump, then cock the hammer by thumb. Not my finest moment, maybe, but it left an "impression" on me, in more ways than one.
     
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    Have you ever actually shot, or even worked the action on a hammer pump gun?

    I honestly don't understand how anyone could get their thumb in a pumps bolt or hammer if they had their hand on the stock holding it normally to shoot it.

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  17. JT'sDad

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    In firing serveral hundred rounds I have never hurt myself firing a pump action of any sort.
     
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    I have 3 pump hammer guns. You have been lucky, are the extremely over cautious type or have little hands.
     
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    now that's a little weird... the bolt vs. your hand thing
    because I have done that sort of thing w/ a lever action, and so has a friend
    (the bolt on a Marlin has real sharp points, by the way)
    that much I do remember, even though it wasn't a biggie, just gets your attention real quick
    the weirdness is, don't remember exactly how I did it (but never have done it again)
    must have been at the bench (?) and working the lever to eject, off hand on grip
    maybe rolling the rifle to eject shell (if do that just right, the empty will fly out, hit screen, drop right into the coffee can) because it isn't something that just naturally happens all that easy

    must be a little bit like learning stove = "HOT", when you are a kid... ???
    (you don't need to keep your hand in the same place for long to learn that one either)
    at any rate it's one of the things you tend not to repeat, and I do shoot lever actions a lot
     
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    Does anyone know quite why they stopped bringing the IMI Timberwolf to the US?

    Did the tooling wear out, sales too poor, importer switched suppliers? Is some factory in the world still making them but just not sending them to the U.S.?

    Not sure how much of a market there would be for them these days, since they aren't historical enough for CAS and the market seems pretty heavily geared towards semi-auto carbines these days. They do seem pretty slick little rifles though.
     
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    “Hammer Bite” is a well know phenomena that effects many firearm designs. Most famously, perhaps, the ever popular 1911, and, from what I can see, it hasn’t hurt’s it’s marketability one bit.

    Would love to see them bring the Timber Wolf back. Love my pumps and levers.
     
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    If Taurus ever makes that rifle in 44 magnum I'm buying one.
     
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    My brother has a pump .22lr made by Rossi. I don't think anyone in the family has had any problems with their thumbs getting caught. I know I haven't.
     
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    I have a Winny Trapper in .357, which I love.

    A complementary pump-gun in .357 would be the cat's meow! :)

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    The Timber Wolf was designed as a 'Patrol Rifle'. The thought being that a patrol cop would have a carbine and revolver in the same caliber, making the ammo situation a no-brainer.

    The problem was that it was introduced just as the 'wonder nine' era started, and many departments were abandoning wheel guns in favor of the 'new' semi-auto 9MM.

    The bottom fell out of the market. Hard. The were about 10,000 built in .357Mag and some where near 1000 in .44Mag. They can be found for any where from as low as $500.00 all the way up to $1,700.00 and higher.
     
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