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    Ruger 44 mag rifle for deer?

    I figure this has been asked a hundred times but here goes anyway.
    personal experiences with a Ruger 44 rifle please.
    And what grain bullet?
    I've found a Ruger 44 and thinking about buying it.
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    My buddy uses one. Don't know about bullet specifics, but it does the job.


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    Re: Ruger 44 mag rifle for deer?

    My dad uses a Marlin 1894 in .44 mag. I loaded him a bunch of hornady 240 grain xtp bullets over a Max load of 4227. He took a doe at 60 yards without a problem.

    Lots of people use them in states that only allow shotgun slugs and pistol rounds for deer. Mainly Ohio and Indians come to mind.

    They are fun to shoot too. Just keep in mind it isn't a 308 or 30-06. Keep the shots at 75 yards or closer.

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    My Best Friend's Dad used one when I was in High School & He Swore by it.
    If you found a Ruger 44 in Good Condition for a Reasonable Price... BUY IT.... NOW
    They Are Getting Quite Rare these days & make a Great Combo Deer & Home Defense Gun.
    As for Loads:
    4 Deer - Use 240-265gr Jacketed Soft Points (Not Hollow Points/ They Damage Too Much Meat)
    & Keep your Shots Under 75yds. They Will Definitely Flatten a Deer w/ Good Shot Placement.
    I Highly Recommend Hornady Superperformance or Buffalo Bore Bullets 4 Hunting Deer & even Black Bear.
    4 Home Defense - Use Low Velocity Hollow Points or Glaser Safety Slugs.
    Believe it or Not Snake Shot Loads Will Work at Close Range (If they will Feed without Jamming/Not Sure if they Will)
    IMHO the Ruger 44 Carbine is an Excellent Weapon & Wish I Had One.
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    I've got a Ruger 77/44 bolt action and a prewarning Ruger carbine. I shoot Buffalo Bore "Deer Grenade" and the higher Buffalo Bore Keith loads out of the 77/44, but the older carbines, I've been told, shouldn't handle those loads, so I bought some LeveRevolution ammo for this season. All of my shots are 75 yards or less. The Deer Grenade is impressive, and dropped my only doe last year on the spot at 45 yards.

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    240's are your standard load. They will work fine. Like was said above you can find heavier bullets and they will also do just fine at rifle velocities.

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    Re: Ruger 44 mag rifle for deer?

    The local shop has a used carbine priced at $750.00.
    I'm gonna do some checking but I think that's a pretty good price.

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    Re: Ruger 44 mag rifle for deer?

    That may be a little high, but they are really hard to find.

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    Ruger 44 mag rifle for deer?

    The old Ruger .44 carbine is the gun of choice at my house. 240 gr bullets and less than 100 yards - it is a killer, very pleasant to shoot, and a good handling gun. These four deer on the right can attest to it's effectiveness.
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    I forgot to add - have seen several for sale on this forum in the $500 to $550 price range - mostly without scopes.

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    Ruger 44 mag rifle for deer?

    That cartridge can kill deer a lot further than 75 yards. Gas checked, flat nose lead lbt style bullets would probably shoot length wise through a deer at 75 yards. Penetration kills.

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    I've had a couple of .44 carbines over the years and I really like them. Reliable, accurate, recoil is not bad, and they point almost like a shotgun. Fast and easy to handle. They will hammer deer size game at 100 yards or less. They are still available for less than $750. I've seen them routinely in the $500 range, but like everything else they have definitely increased in price in the past few years. I paid $240 for my last one but that was over 10 years ago. Mine never got to play in the same league as Swampcat's. That's a heck of a wall you've got there Swampy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thenarwhal View Post
    I've had a couple of .44 carbines over the years and I really like them. Reliable, accurate, recoil is not bad, and they point almost like a shotgun. Fast and easy to handle. They will hammer deer size game at 100 yards or less. They are still available for less than $750. I've seen them routinely in the $500 range, but like everything else they have definitely increased in price in the past few years. I paid $240 for my last one but that was over 10 years ago. Mine never got to play in the same league as Swampcat's. That's a heck of a wall you've got there Swampy.
    I did not contribute much to the "Wall of Fame". Most are my wife's! I rarely get to hunt with the Ruger - my wife considers the .44 her gun.

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    Ruger 44 mag rifle for deer?

    Smart lady. Appears to be a darn good shot too!

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    All but one of them came out of "MY" food plots - so I consider myself to have at least partial ownership.

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    Ruger 44 mag rifle for deer?

    Killed several deer with our 44 carbine Ruger. That is a bad little gun! Anything within 100-150 yards is dead. Have to remember you are attaining higher velocities and energy out of a rifle 16" barrel so longer distances are feasible

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    Re: Ruger 44 mag rifle for deer?

    Thanks for the info! I may try to talk him down a little.

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    I have one of the little semi auto carbines that shoots the 260 grain bullets very well. I also have one of the 77/44 bolt actions, it is out getting a fast twist barrel and intrgal suppressor. This little bolt action is being built to shoot 300 grain bullets whisper quite. I should get the approved paperwork in October, just in time for this fall.

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    I bought a 77/44 on a whim. It has a 4lb trigger and is a tack driver. I use 240gr. It doesn't make a darn bit of sense ballistically but the rifle has found its way into my heart and kills the heck out of animals.

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    Are we talking about the .44 lever action Ruger of the semi-auto Deerstalker. If it's the latter, buy it and don't look back. They are very desirable to collectors.


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