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Discussion in 'Ruger Rifle Forum' started by ssrvvintage, Jan 28, 2013.
heres a pic of my 1966 carbine. love this gun.
Very nice sir...
That's a beauty!
That brings back some memories for me. In the summer of 1962 I saw an ad for a Ruger .44 Deerstalker carbine in Field & Stream. I went to the hardware store in Kennebunk, Maine and had the owner order me one. A couple of weeks and $104 and I had it in my hands. I loved that little gun. I put a Weaver K2.5 on it and used it deer hunting until I moved to southern Michigan where no rifles were allowed for deer. I still enjoyed shooting it and did often.
Sadly, a few years ago it was stolen along with many other guns in a home invasion. It is the one I miss the most
Those 44 carbines are sweet, I wish they would bring them back, I would like a pc9 to boot.
yup jima, my dad bought it new, always hunted with it up in the irons are, unfortunately i only got it went he passed away. anyway, this will go to the grave with me now. very fun to shoot.
Very nice looking rifle. How may rounds does it hold?
I picked up my old Ruger carbine some years back after comming back form Iraq wounded. I got it for $350 an dits the one that has no removable magazine butt a tube fed inner magazine inside like a shotgun and it holsd 4 in the tube and 1 in the breech chamber. I put a M8 4X leupold long eye relief scope on top which is perfectly clearand I reload my own ammo for it to save money plus its hard to find ammo these days and this rifle must have full metal jacketed rounds in it only. What is really cool is these rifles like hard hitting 240 gr rounds and shoots like a dream you basically have a huge .240 gr HP round screaming down range at 1800 +fps and they go through anything they hit be it a deer, pig or bear. Remember no lead rounds only full metal jacket in them as lead rounds will cause build up and make the rifle unfirable.
people watch gun broker or action arms and jump on one of these little rifles they ones that where made in the 1990s have 1 /20 in twist raio which allows a bunch of different weight rounds to be shot in them but the old ones like mine have a 1/38 twist ration which makes it hard to shot most anything but 24o gr rounds in them. Still with only 240 gr rounds it works awesome especially for you reloaders out there...
That's one I let get away and a 357 Blackhawk. It seems to me the only guns I have sold and not regretted were black powder single shots. When you sell a firearm all you have is money and that just disappears.
That's nice looking wood. Is that walnut?
The 44 Carbine is on my bucket list. There arent many left on the list, but the 44 carbine is. I hope to have one soon. I always liked the 10/22, and then found out about the carbine. A friend has one, and I have shot it, and even though I have no practical use for it, I still want one. Soon... soon. Will be a good companion for my 7.5" Super RedHawk 44 mag.
I suppose in a perfect world Ruger would bring back the Deerstalker, it would probably sell just as well in .357 mag as it would in 44 mag, the 44 mag is arguably a better deer round but there is a lot of people who shoot 357 mag and having a companion carbine is down right appealing. Now if I was going to dream a little more it would be sweet if there was an adapter so you could use a Desert Eagle handgun magazine in place of the Ruger rotary magazine. I would think just about anyone who shoots either round out of a handgun sees the potential for greater performance out of a rifle barrel.
We can always dream right? Why not a whole new line of 10/22esc carbines that shoot center fire handgun round and utilize handgun magazines? If only someone developed a modular system to adapt the carbine to different hand gun mags, you could shot 380 acp, 9mm, 40cal, 357 sig, 357 mag, 10 mm, 44mag, 45acp, even 30 carbine and use rotary or hand gun magazines.
I bet if the initial product was a nice classic looking innocuous wood stock with a 4-5 shot rotary magazine then it would not be affected by assault weapons bans. I bet you could have one universal receiver that could accommodate the previously mentioned calibers. Then you could swap out the bolt carrier, buffer springs and barrel for different calibers. Then have a modular magazine well where you snap in/bolt in adapters for different model magazines. The after market potential is the same as for 10/22s or ARs. It seems like the sort of thing Ruger could do, do well and at less cost then most of the competition. Look how much they get for an HK carbine or what MP5s use to cost?
Now imagine the potential with aftermarket stocks, picatinny optics and accessory rails?
Well you got to dream once in a while.
The original Deerstalker, like mine, had a tubular magazine. Maximum capacity was 5 total. Many states have a capacity limit on semi-autos for hunting.
has anyone tried using Hornady Leverevolution flex tip bullets in there carbines,if so what kind of results did you get?
The Leverevoltion will definitely put the hurt on a white tail. My brother shot a 190 pound-er at 70 yards with it. I found it on the opposite side in the hyde when I was skinning it. Good expansion and weight retention.
randym03, was that in a carbine or a Leverevolution in general?
I used the Leverevolution in my 30-30. Nice round. shot flat at 75 yards, deer didn't move 10 feet.
I like to looks of the .44 Ruger. Found the gun to be a bit heavier than my Marlin 30-30. That said, it is on my bucket list, hopefully in time for me to shoot it a few times!
My Ruger Deerstalker, which later on was called model 44 Ruger Carbine, weighed 5.75 pounds. I've never seen a Marlin lever gun that light. Maybe you are talking about the Deerfield which is 6.25 pounds.
It was a marlin lever action with a 20 inch barrel.
wjsmall97 I think you will get very simular results. It doesn't seem to help in the longer range in the 44 like it does in the 30-30, but it does the job. I shoot the 240 grain Hornady xtps through my 77/44 and Super Redhawk.
randym03, that sounds pretty good, I think I will give them a try.