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Old November 9, 2006, 11:43 AM   #1
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Ruger .44 Magnum

Just found a Ruger .44 Magnum carbine at my local gun store. Looks like a souped-up 10/22.....semi auto, clip fed, etc. Need opinions: good at long ranges (250+ yds)? Accurate? Recoil? Any and all info is valuable. TIA.
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Old November 9, 2006, 12:21 PM   #2
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They are durable, fairly reliable semis, if the price is good your should do fine with one - although the .44 mag is by no means a 250 yard cartridge - unless you are just trying to hit steel plates at a rifle range.

A friend has one and it is fun to shoot, fairly accurate for the design ( 3" at 100 yards with a scope ) and the .44 isn't hard kicking in a carbine at all.
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Old November 9, 2006, 03:40 PM   #3
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I used to have a .44 Ruger carbine that fed from a tube magazine under the barrel. I think the new ones feed from a rottary magazine, but I'm not sure. Otherwise, I believe they are the same.

It was a great concept. They are light as anything, and shoot accurately. I don't hunt anymore, but when I did I once had a misfed round tie up the rifle when I wanted a 2nd shot). I was also shooting 300 gr. loads, which might have been too long for the action.

If you've got a .44 revolver, even better.

It's not a 250 yard rifle. The longest shot I took in the field was about 150 yards. It's not the carbine, the balistics just aren't there with the .44 magnum.
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Old November 9, 2006, 04:45 PM   #4
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Thanks, guys. I may re-think this whole thing.
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Old November 9, 2006, 09:01 PM   #5
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Whoa, it isn't a 250yrd solution, but for anything less than 100yrds, is is awesome. It will drop game where it stands. Light, compact and easy to sight in.
I love mine.
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Old November 9, 2006, 09:22 PM   #6
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I've got two Ruger 44 Mag carbines. I believe they are the best semiauto rifle Ruger has built. Anything within 100 yds is D E A D. They just don't seem to miss. Short, light, fast handling, mild recoil -- all describe the 44 carbine. I use mine to roll jackrabbits at full gallop.
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Old November 9, 2006, 09:42 PM   #7
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I have 2 of the older deestalkers carbines. I love them and one will shoot 3 shot groups into less than an 1 1/2" ususlly. As posted,, they certainly not 250 yard guns, not that you couldn't hit something I guess, just that they are 100 yard guns,, maybe strech that to 150 at absolute max. The 44 Mag bullet is not all that streamlined and looses velocity fairly quickly. Within it range,, they are great guns.

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Old November 10, 2006, 10:43 AM   #8
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OK. I reload my own 44's. Can I reload for more range? Is there a better bullet I can stuff into the brass to stretch the range another 50 yds.?
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Old November 10, 2006, 11:19 AM   #9
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I would check the BC on the various slug you intend to use and get the one with the highest BC. They will most likely be the lighter slugs, but using them sort of defeats what makes the 44 mag so good.. Weight. I can appreciate your desire to max out the 44 but it really can't be done all that well. You might want to consider something more powerful and a smaller bore if long range is your goal. Great luck though.
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Old November 10, 2006, 12:33 PM   #10
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Now I have a real dilemma......the Ruger 44 or a 30-06. Really like both, can only afford 1. OOOhhh what to do...... Maybe a semiauto in 30-06 (like an M1) would calm me down.
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Old November 10, 2006, 01:33 PM   #11
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Also remember that with that carbine, you get an extra 4-500 fps over a handgun just by using the longer barrel.
As a short range brush gun, I use my lever action in .357 mag.
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Old November 10, 2006, 03:00 PM   #12
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Now I have a real dilemma......the Ruger 44 or a 30-06.
No dilemma there! The .44 mag is an excellent cartridge, but the 30.06 runs circles around it. The .06 is considered to be the most versitle cartridge around. Bullet grains from 110 to 220 over the counter, and will shoot well beyond the 250 yards that you describe. For punching holes in paper or hunting, it is probably the most suited cartridge for all game. It will kill anything that walks in North America. It all started back in 1906 and after 100 years it still is the king of the mountain in versality!................

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Old November 11, 2006, 10:31 AM   #13
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Yeah.....checked the Remington website last nite and the 7400 looks like just what the doctor ordered: semi auto, 30-06, bigger clips available, etc. Since I work part time at a gun store I'll get a discount. Thanks for all the info. Damn, I still like the looks of that Ruger, tho. Looks like we're putting in some OT.
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Old November 11, 2006, 01:11 PM   #14
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Remington also has a 7400 in 30-06 with an 18.5" barrel, that would be about the same size as that Ruger .44 carbine but with the power and range of a high powered rifle.
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Old November 12, 2006, 03:31 PM   #15
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Lonesome,, even the 30 -30 will outdo a 44 mag at longer ranges. I have to agree, for your needs a 30-06 might be a better choice

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Old November 12, 2006, 06:19 PM   #16
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I believe they are the best semiauto rifle Ruger has built. Anything within 100 yds is D E A D.
I agree with that, depending on shot placment.......

For range time at a pistol range that allows pistol caliber rifles you can't beat a Ruger. I like to practice with a 10/22 and any of my .22 handguns, and my model 44 Taurus and the Ruger Deerfield...

These days compatibility of ammunition makes a lot of sense for range only shooters...

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Old November 13, 2006, 07:31 AM   #17
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For stuff over 150 yds a .30-06 is much better but here I do a lot of shooting at less than 100 yds (deer and big wild boar) and you only get maybe a couple of seconds for the shot. The Ruger I have has a Docter holograph sight on it and is superfast handling. If your shooting is close range in thickish cover, get the Ruger and save up for the .30-06 later. If most of your shooting is in more open terrain get the .30-06, rgds, Mike Bailey
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Old May 28, 2009, 08:52 PM   #18
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Older .44 mag carbine

I am looking at a Ruger series 100 carbine in .44 mag. It has a tubular magazine and a small crack in the stock. I am trying to find somewhere that sells replacement parts and stocks for this model. Any help is appreciated.

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Old May 28, 2009, 09:36 PM   #19
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Just remember that neither the Ruger .44 nor the Remington 7400 in .30-06 are designed for a lot of shooting. A couple hundred rounds annually might be OK, but if you're planning on shooting a couple thousands rounds, you'll wear either of them out, IMO.

If you contemplate shooting a lot, you might check out a Garand from CMP. They're not gone, yet, and are available for around $600, I understand. This rifle is a true battle rifle and will withstand heavy use, with reasonable maintenance.
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Old May 28, 2009, 09:48 PM   #20
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Like the guys said its more like a 100 yards or closer gun. I know a hunter that had one of the older ones and I would have to say he took more than 40 whitetail deer with it before some maggot stole it out of his house...
It would be a good brush gun for sure.
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Old May 29, 2009, 05:48 AM   #21
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I used to have a .44 Ruger carbine that fed from a tube magazine under the barrel. I think the new ones feed from a rottary magazine, but I'm not sure. Otherwise, I believe they are the same.
Not the same. The old ones that had a tube magazine were discontinued because of design problems (could fire a high primer or fire before lock-up). The new ones with a rotary magazine are more like an M1 Carbine in design.
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Old May 29, 2009, 05:55 AM   #22
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I love my old m44....great little brush gun. The only thing I didnt like about it was the recoil, but that was easy to take care of with a recoil pad to fit mini-14. Its easier to carry than a lever action, plus its semi-auto. What a nice little rifle.

If you have to choose between an 06 and a 44, go with the 06. If you already have good deer rifle, go with the 44.
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Old May 29, 2009, 10:31 AM   #23
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I am looking at a Ruger series 100 carbine in .44 mag. It has a tubular magazine and a small crack in the stock. I am trying to find somewhere that sells replacement parts and stocks for this model. Any help is appreciated.
Bubba, try Numerich / Gun Parts Corp.
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