Originally Posted by JonM
my ruger 44 carbine is a solid 1.5-2 inch rifle at 100 yards. i have the tube magazine version. picked it up at a gunshow for 450$. previous owner claimed it was a pos cuz it didnt work. all it needed was a good cleaning.
there arent a whole lot of spare parts for these rifles but the earlier pre-deerfield are built like a tank unlike most of rugers current rifles.
you might do better with a 45-70 lever gun
Even a .30-30 or .32 special. Wait, The OP is limited to pistol cartridges!
One of the advantages I have found w/ .44-40 over .44Mag is ammo availibility.
I could go into a gun shop down the street and they had at least 3 flavors of .44-40, 2 of which were suitable for hunting. It was cheaper then almost everything in .44 mag, .357 mag, .45 Colt. W/ reloading I can reload 160gr Cast lead for some Varmint/Coyote fun, 205gr SP for whitetail, or 200..205gr Cast lead for either. Now granted out of a revolver its' numbers are low, but out of a 24" tube it is very close to a .44 mag from a 16" tube. It is sooo cheap to reload for. 500 lubed 160gr cast lead cost 17.00, A pound of Unique cost 16.00, Primers, those I have plenty of.
Bullet: 3.4 cents, Powder: 1.85 cents, Primer: 4 cents. Even buying 100 pieces of New brass was cheap, .17 each, not to mention The 500 from commercail ammo. 3 of the 5 boxes I purchased were $12.00 each, 1, 14.00, 1, 16.00 per 50.