Ruger .44 Carbine

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Winchester94, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. Winchester94

    Winchester94 New Member

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    I just got done shooting this beautiful gun for the first time. It was one my grandpa took on hunting trips as a backup to his .30-30. I re-zeroed the scope and ran a couple of boxes its shells through it. That gun feels great and is very accurate!
    Anyone else have experience with this awesome gun?
     

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  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i started to buy one years ago, but just never did for some reason or other. seems like other guns i wanted more seemed to take priority.

    they seemed like a handy little rifle and as long as you kept reasonable distances when using them they would probably work fine for hunting.

    like to see a range report on one and see how accurate they are.

    looks like yours is in pretty good shape too.
     

  3. JonM

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    i picked up a really nice one for cheap at a gunshow guy said it wasnt working. all it needed was a good cleaning. grouping is about 1.5 to 2 inches at 100 yards. perfectly adequate for deer hunting. i could prolly get the groups tighter if i worked up loads for it.
     
  4. nitestalker

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    These are really fine carbines. Too bad they are no longer made.:)
     
  5. Winchester94

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    I love shooting it. I mostly shot at 60 yards but I threw a couple at 100 and it still did pretty good. I need to dial it in a little better, but it shot pretty good groups.
     
  6. JonM

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    they are really complicated on th internals and kinda not easy to field strip but they are prolly the best pistol caliber carbines out there
     
  7. nitestalker

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    Back in the 1970s I carried a Ruger .44 Carbine in the "Freeze Out" Mtn. Range of Wyoming. The little carbine accounted for deer and black bear as well as just fun shooting.;)
     
  8. hmh

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    Wasn't it the gun that the 10/22 was suppose to be the trainer for.
     
  9. nitestalker

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    Never heard that story? The .44 was available long before the 10/22. I think it was a handy design that also made a nice .22 rifle. :)
     
  10. Winchester94

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    I've only ever carried a .30-30 or muzzle loader to hunt with. How is the .44 Magnum as a brush gun cartridge?
     
  11. JonM

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    i wish someone would make a nice quality compact 44mag semi auto like the ruger 44
     
  12. chloeshooter

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    Ruger makes a bolt action carbine in both .357 and .44 right now:



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    This is a screenshot from the Ruger website. Almost bought one last summer, went a different direction but it's still on my radar
     
  13. LeMat

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    I have its little brother, the 96/44. My favorite rifle. They are a wonderful brush gun.
     
  14. Winchester94

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    I was curious how a pistol cartridge in a semiautomatic rifle would bust through brush.
     
  15. clr8ter

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    Nice gun. I wouldn't buy one, though. Ammo is way too expensive to be running through a rifle.
     
  16. JonM

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    its a brush gun becaue its short and lightweight making it easy to move through brush. not because it shoots through brush :)

    not really interested in a bolt gun pistol cartridge. i would go lever gun before going boltaction in those calibers

    its for hunting and i reload just for that reason.
     
  17. Salvo

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    Bolt guns are generally more accurate than lever guns and are easier to maintain than autos.

    If I was going to shoot pistol cartridges through a rifle, my first choice would be a bolt gun. - But that's just me.

    My brother once owned a Ruger 44 auto carbine as the original poster has, and he had very good luck with that rifle. Ruger really ought to re-introduce that model, it was a winner.

    I see them at gun shows every once in a while, and they apparently hold their value very well.
     
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  18. Winchester94

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  19. c3shooter

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    Bought one at the PX at Ft. Wainwright AK eons ago. Nifty little gun. To the OP- be sure to fed your carbine semi jacketed bullets. The action does not like cast lead bullets.
     
  20. Winchester94

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    I only shot soft points through it. But thanks for warning me before I try it. :)