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Ruger lever 44 mag

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ForneyRider, Jan 4, 2010.

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  1. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Member

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    My buddy has one. He said the magazine holds 2.
    Does anyone have a larger magazine?
     
  2. 44Dave

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    Pretty sure that was a 4 round magazine.
     
  3. greyling22

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  4. ArmedBear

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    Can anyone hazard a guess as to why Ruger used 3 different magazines, all of them generally the same size and shape, for the same caliber, with the same capacity, in 3 different rifles?
     
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    are we sure they are actually different? because if they are it would be unusually stupid. the top and the bottom ones look the same. but even if it is only 2 it's still silly. I see your point.
     
  6. ArmedBear

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    They are cataloged as 3 different part numbers, but I think you're right. The 99/44 and 77/44 are compatible, since the bottom magazine reads "77/44 - DEERFIELD" on it.

    So two magazines. Why a different magazine for the semiauto vs. the lever gun?
     
  7. Jim Watson

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    My Medium, chanelling the ghost of Bill Ruger says...

    Because of the original incentive to build a lever action in the first place, they expected a ban on all sales of semiautos and they did not want anything in common.
     
  8. GunsAmerica Fan

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    There are statutes in different states as to how many bullets you can carry in a magazine, and the mag has to be plugged to only hold that many. I would guess, pure guess of course, that this was your friend's issue. The mag probably had a plug in the bottom for two shots.

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  9. rcmodel

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    The two-shot plug sounds plausible.

    Many states have a 5-shot limit on hunting rifles, thus the 4 + 1 in the chamber factory capacity.

    Some states may have a three shot capacity rule, and the need for a 2 + 1 in the chamber.

    Check for a plug or block in the magazine as it should hold four.

    rc
     
  10. ArmedBear

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    Interesting. That's common for shotguns, but not as common for rifles. I wonder where that might be.
     
  11. CZguy

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    I wonder if it's like the magazines for 10/22s and 77/22s. They are interchangeable but the bottom is shaped differently. They have different catalog numbers.
     
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    sigh, but can't you imagine the pig gun a deerfield in44 mag would have been with a 10-15 round magazine.
     
  13. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Emeritus

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    I think CZguy nailed it. :)
     
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