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Ruger 99/44 Deerfield will it drop a black bear?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by s2scout, Sep 22, 2006.

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  1. s2scout

    s2scout Member

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    Will the Ruger 99/44 Deerfield drop a bear, providing of course I hit the bear just right? I was told this semi-auto 44mag will only shoot light loads. I realize there are way better rifle choices for large game but this will be a farting around all purpose kind of rifle. I Need it for target practice and protection from black bear & moutain lion.
     
  2. Ben Shepherd

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    It will work fine. Just use a good bullet like an XTP, Gold Dot, or even better a nosler Partition.
     
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    Thanks much Ben. Any idea what grain weight I should use in this semi-auto?
     
  4. knoxx45

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    Yup

    I know an old timer who lives in Maine, and hunts deer and black bear with the old version of the deerfield.
     
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    The manual (click here for a copy in PDF format) has this to say about ammunition:
     
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    A 245 grain slug will most likeky work the best, as noted in the above post. But as posted above avoid lightweight or lead slugs. Heck, jacketed 300 grain loadings will work fine. They'll just kick a little harder.

    An exellent(in my experience anyway) factory round is the speer 270 grain gold dot flat point if it's short enough for your gun.
     
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