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Old 03-12-2014, 02:51 AM   #1
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I have of the original Ruger .44 magnum carbine, the" Deerstalker" and aside from using it for hunting, I think it would be a gun gun for peace officers, and has tremendous military possibilities as well, for mop-up operations, house to house fighting, and close range combat.

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Old 03-12-2014, 03:24 AM   #2
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I agree, but why bother trying to talk sense to a bunch

of folks who are all M4-ed up? After all, WTF do we know?

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I had read an article on some "non-conventional" (non-issue) weapons used in Vietnam. One of the rifles mentioned was a .44 lever action. Another was a .30-30.

I could see the Deerstalker as a good improvised option. Capacity, reloads, and rimmed rounds may not be considered optimal for combat, but still could be serviceable.

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Oh darn. I was hoping that some of the "gotta be an AR-15" crowd would jump in and tell me what an idiot I was. Then I would say, " Oh. I did't say it -- I was quoting Elmer Keith.

Came across a couple of gun mags from 1961 called "Guns Quarterly".

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I have of the original Ruger .44 magnum carbine, the" Deerstalker" and aside from using it for hunting, I think it would be a gun gun for peace officers, and has tremendous military possibilities as well, for mop-up operations, house to house fighting, and close range combat.
Couldn't agree more and heres mine

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An AR may be more "State of the art". But, I wouldn't count out the capability of many a hunting carbine to handle "civil" duties. I remember when a few cops would keep a lever gun, or bolt gun in a patrol car along with a shotgun.

I played around with a red dot on a Marlin 336 on multiple targets at intermediate range (inside of 50 yds) on a range trip one day. My buddy laughed when I pulled the rifle out of the case. After the first pass, he was bugging me to give it a try. He said, "Man, I never would have thought a lever action could be THAT handy for a combat drill."

Had to remind him that the old Henry rifle got its biggest boost from use in the war between the states.

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Don't get me wrong, in a situation that calls for it, an AR would be my first choice but I wouldnt feel handicapped with an old Mauser or Enfield

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i think the lever action can lay claim to the being an "assault rifle" before the AR came along!

i own an AR, but, there are many rifles that can be just as capable in the right hands.

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Wow! She is still pretty. That was the only gun I had in 44Mag. Sold it in the 90's during a fit of stupidity to raise money to move from one lousy basement apt. To a nicer one about a mile away.


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As a side note: Ruger does not make that model any more and does not plan to re-introduce it. (I asked, and that is what they told me.)

I would shoot that sparingly. Which means, I would get a different firearm today. Maybe one that parts are readily available, should something break.

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