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Posted: 12/13/2002 8:44:27 AM EDT
Has anyone ever owned a Ruger 44mag carbine. I have the old blowback model w/ peep sights. I was wondering what problems, if any, have these rifles ever had? Also, can you shoot 44special rounds out of them? Thanks
Link Posted: 12/13/2002 9:18:28 AM EDT
The only problems I know of is that the trigger guard has a tendency to be pretty fragile. I have one in the shop now that awaiting repair for just that. Parts are hard to come by and if you do break something, they cost a pretty penny. As for the 44 special? I don’t know? They should feed fine. But having enough power to cycle the action would be your main consern.
Link Posted: 12/13/2002 1:41:24 PM EDT
I have had one of these for many years and love it. I have shot deer and a bunch of wild pigs with it. I have never had a problem with mine at all. I keep it clean and well oiled, it is my favorite gun for the woods. I use 300 gr jacketed bullets in it when hunting hogs, and have never lost one. I prefer the 240 gr JHP for deer. I have been told by many "experts" that it is a junk gun, but I have found it to be great. I bought it in 1983 for $200 at a gun show and would not sell it for any amount today.

Tony G
Link Posted: 12/14/2002 5:45:12 AM EDT
definetly NOT junk.....the older ones are hard to find and demand a good buck nowdays.....as mcnasty said....you`d have to try out some specials to see.....or have one of your reloader buddys download some mag cartridges to a effective level......always wanted one of these.......
Link Posted: 12/14/2002 6:22:21 AM EDT
I have been thinking about buying one of the old model Ruger .44 mag carbines too. The only thing holding me back is magazine capacity.

If a gun smith could increase the mag capacity to 10rds for a reasonable price (under $ 250.00) I would buy one in a second.

Link Posted: 12/14/2002 7:48:21 AM EDT
Are you talking about the Deerfield? Those are excellent for hunting deer from the ground.
Link Posted: 12/14/2002 7:59:19 AM EDT
What range do they have and are they reliable long term?
Link Posted: 12/14/2002 8:45:26 AM EDT
Venerated, were talking about the old tube fed magazine model.


Link Posted: 12/14/2002 10:03:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2002 10:04:44 AM EDT by BlackandGreen]

Originally Posted By C_Brooks:
What range do they have and are they reliable long term?

the deerfield is the regenerated version.....externally equal....deer field uses the mini type action....(exposed bolt)and a different feed....similar or same as the lever 44.....range?...certainly effective within 100-125 yrds...........a magazine could probably be fabricated for a deerfield.....this always held me back a bit on the older ones too.....but maybe investigation into the deerfield with a 10 round or??..might be fun....p-s....never knew a ruger that wasn`t reliable...period
Link Posted: 12/15/2002 10:40:53 AM EDT
anyone know any good loads?
Link Posted: 12/15/2002 10:55:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/15/2002 2:25:46 PM EDT by Minuteman419]
Didn't they have an issue with the twist rate being wrong causing inaccuracy at one time? The one I had would group about 6 inches @ 100 yds at its best. I liked it other than that.


The older ones with the tube feed had a 1x38 twist 12 groove barrel.

The Deerfield sports a 1x20 twist and six groove barrel.

The Winchester 240 JHP factory load did the best in the one I had. Good Luck.

Link Posted: 12/17/2002 12:33:30 PM EDT
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