Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics, and Training' started by Isaac-1, Feb 12, 2013.
thanks for your thoughts
And use ear protection.
A .44 Magnum is an impressive thing, especially from a rifle. It will no doubt stop anything coming in. And yes, just find a load that functions perfectly.
Might I suggets
Unless the relative is handicapped,I strongly suggest that you go with a lever action in .357 with low recoil and LOW flash powder.
I would also say a .45 Colt lever gun with a good lighter bullet would be a good choice too.
More rounds in the tube, [ the Ruger.44 mag only holds 4 I believe ] the tube for a lever gun should hold a minimum of 10 rounds.
Take them out and make sure they practice and then GTG.
Two guys?? One or two for each. Accuracy counts. Spray and pray is no good no matter how many rounds in a magazine.
I sometimes think we fantasize a bit too much about multiple bad guys kicking down our door.
Practice with it, find a load that makes it function, and be content. That's one hard-hitting round out of a carbine. And a carbine that handles extremely well and is quite handy in confined spaces to boot. No big magazine hanging off the bottom . . . sights close to the boreline. . .
Frankly I'm jealous.
if you had to pick a defensive load for home defense using an older tubular magazine style Ruger 44 carbine semi-auto, what would you pick?
The three most important factors for any load to be used in any defensive firearm are reliability, reliability and reliability. The gun MUST run reliably with the load chosen, even if that load doesn't offer the 'best' bullet available, or the highest velocity.
I remember in collage a girl who hunted used one of those .44 Ruger semi-auto carbines to hunt. They are a bit of a collectors item now but they will shoot!
If the rifle is old, it is probably overdue for a field stripping (per owners manual available online from Ruger I would think) and proper lubing.
Right now the gun market is nuts, better to hang on to what you have until it settles down.
I actually had one
But thought it had MORE felt recoil than the revolvers I shot the same round through.
And a .44 magnum on a house = really ?.
Of all the overpenetration rounds in a house I do believe this is one of THE worst choices.
I hope they do not live next door to any [ within a few hundred yards ].
The carbine will not function with .44 special as will a handgun,do as you so need.
But remember that after the shot is fired ---- comes the law,courts AND the lawsuits.
Back when I was doing alot of .44 Magnum shooting I loaded a 180 Grain Remington JHP with an almost max load of W296. This load would average 1800 fps from a 7.5 Inch Ruger Redhawk and 2050 fps from a Marlin 1894 Lever Action. It would split 2 or 3 Liter Coke Bottles filled with water completely in half on impact.
Just my .02,
Carbine made 61-74:
I took mine out today to the range because of this thread and fired 40 (10 mag loads) of the 225 grain silvertips and it fed like poop thru a goose. The recoil was a pleasant muted sensation that did not bounce my eyes off target. I got 4" at 100 yard groups off bags with the 2.5 post weaver and 2" 50 yard groups I yanked off the scope (Warne Lever rings) and used the opensights to get 6" 50 yard standing 4 round groups. Put the scope back on and fired from bags seemed centered.
A very fun gun and feels about twice as powerful as an M-1 carbine. The downside is it is damned hard to load the tube mag IMHO.Pigs and deer to 100 yards are OK but 50 is better. Humans to 50 yards are in big trouble and it will take off up to 5 zombie heads at 25 yards real quick, but better have a .44 revolver for a back up while you reload!
Well we can all sleep well tonight knowing this is a Zombie-Rated rifle!!
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