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Ruger 44 Carbines

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Flynt, Aug 26, 2009.

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  1. Flynt

    Flynt Member

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    I'm referring to the original gas-operated semi-autos that came out in the 60's. I'm thinking that one of these would make a great hog gun.

    I know they've been discontinued for a long time. Are they considered good guns? If I bought one, would I be able to get parts for it? Thanks.
     
  2. chevyforlife21

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    ruger was makin these 3 years ago still i dont now though
     
  3. GRIZ22

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    i think the semi auto was discontinued in the 1980s. They started making the lever actions maybe 10 years ago. For parts availability call Ruger Customer Service.
     
  4. Ranger J

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    Rugger made two different 44 carbines, the earlier one and later on the Deerfield, which by the way has also been discontinued. I can't comment about the earlier but the Deerfield makes an excellent 100 yard deer gun and loaded right should be OK for hogs. I believe that Ruger suggests that you shoot only jacketed bullets in both as the lub on cast bullets tends to gum up the gas system of the guns.

    rj
     
  5. rcmodel

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    There are actually three different ones.

    The original Deerstalker carbine.
    http://www.cabelas.com/gun-inventory---glendale---fine-rifle---1466863-rugdeerstlkr44m.shtml

    The new & improved .44 Carbine.
    http://www.cabelas.com/gun-inventory---dundee---fine-rifle---1456474-rugr44carb-dun.shtml

    And the Mini-14 based and completely different 99/44 Deerfield carbine made recently.
    http://www.chuckhawks.com/ruger_deerfield.htm

    The original Deerstalker was a pretty darn good gun.
    The later .44 carbine, maybe not so much.
    The newer Deerfield 99/44 didn't prove to be so hot for whatever reason.

    rc
     
  6. Flynt

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    I was referring to the original Deerstalker and the "new & improved carbine." However, from my limited reseach, it would appear that they are the same gun. Apparently another manufacturer already had rights to "Deerstalker."
     
  7. Nowhere Man

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    I had one of the originals that I loved dearly. Two of them, now that I think of it. Hard times forced me to sell them. Both functioned perfectly.

    IIRC, there was reports of the gas system plugging up causing cycling problems on the original ones. It wouldn't stop me from buying one if I ever saw one available.


    Dave
     
  8. chevyforlife21

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    i was thinking the 99/44 was still being made. it was out in 05/06
     
  9. 351 WINCHESTER

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    I had a early ruger. It worked every time without a hitch. Only problem was it shot pie plate groups at 100 yds. with a scope. I think it would make a most excellent hog gun.
     
  10. dmazur

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    AFAIK, the "new and improved" carbine had a button beside the loading ramp that permitted unloading without cycling the rounds through the action.

    (I have two of these, and I have seen pictures of the original, without the button.)
     
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    Amazingly hard to come by at the moment as well. Been trying to get one for a bud off GB and other auction sites. They are going for $650-800. He wants only the "NEW" version do to the the magazine change. Been pulling my hair finding him one at a decent price.
     
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    I have the older one. Bought new back in the day. Tube fed. I guess it is probably my favorite rifel. I have killed a lot of deer with mine. It is good to every bit of 100 if not more.

    Doesnt like the cheap 50 packs of ammo. I like Winchester 250s but about any hunting factory ammo has been good. I have killed deer with just about everything from 180s up to 300 cast.

    Very short quick and makes them DRT.
     
  13. kanook

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    Nope, Ithica had the "deerslayer" and said the "deerstalker" was to close, Ruger dropped the name before court.
     
  14. snorko

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    I had one of the original "improved" models and liked it a lot. I always wanted to put a full length mag tube on it for a 10 shot capacity.
     
  15. GodGuns&Guitars

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    My brother has one with the sporterized stock. Not sure when it was made, but it is one fine shooting little carbine. He scoped it and has taken several deer with his using the 270 grain bullet. Fine little rifle.
     
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    I'll never forget the day at the range when my wife picked up the .44 thinking it was her 10-22 and cranked off a round.
     
  17. W.E.G.

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    Before anybody goes gushing over that discontinued (twice now) Ruger contraption, one might want to read an older thread from this site.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=63124

    I don't remember folks who owned them thinking very highly of them at the end of the day.
     
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    My mother had one not sure what happened to it, she died 1st then my step dad, have to ask my step sister where it went.
    I used to fly home and borrow it for deer hunting, good shooting rifle I don't recall any problems with it, I know they used it for many years.
     
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    Yep, they don't run right when they're dirty. I had feed problems that were very hard to diagnose, and it turned out to be accumulated WD40 "gum" in the magazine tubes. Both rifles had the same symptoms, and the one I bought off the Internet had it worse. Once the sticky residue was cleaned out, the timing of the magazine was restored to original and the feed problems went away.

    (I thought about magazine capacity, too. Unfortunately, any attempt at lengthening is stopped by the gas mechanism, which is directly forward of the magazine. The "operating rod" wraps around the magazine tube, but is driven by the piston hitting the front of it.)
     
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    Mine was a POS for a couple of years till i figured out what ammo to feed it. The internet is makiing those little things come back to life
     
  22. Flynt

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    One more question: I've noticed pictures on Gunbroker and GunsAmerica of scopes mounted with a base on the receiver and a base on the barrel, near the receiver. This seems to require a pretty long scope, out of proportion to the rifle. Is this the only way to mount a scope? Is the receiver not drilled for two mounts? Also, can I still find the mounts? Thanks.
     
  23. kanook

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    both of mine are drilled for scopes from the factory. yes mounts are available, mine are redfield
     
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    The receiver is drilled & tapped for two bases or a one-piece base with four screws.
    Weaver 47 and 68 bases fit the Ruger 44 Carbine Deerstalker.
    There are probably other brands as well.

    1456474_rugr44carb_09l.jpg

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    rc
     
  25. Flynt

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    Thanks, RC.

    What kind of peep sight do I see on the top gun? How do you like it?

    Thanks again.
     
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