That's a beauty!heres a pic of my 1966 carbine. love this gun.
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