Ruger 44 mag rifle for deer?

Discussion in 'Guns, Ammunition, and Reloading' started by 10pointman, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. 10pointman

    10pointman Waterfowl forum Sheriff<br>2011-12 Deer Hunting Co Staff Member

    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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  2. jdawg

    jdawg Super Member<br>2013-14 Bow Hunting Contest Winner

    My buddy uses one. Don't know about bullet specifics, but it does the job. :up:

  3. Afalex1

    Afalex1 Well-Known Member

    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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  4. 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:up:
    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.
  5. hogsbreath

    hogsbreath Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Mr. Chitlin

    Mr. Chitlin Administrator

    NE Ark
    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.
  7. 10pointman

    10pointman Waterfowl forum Sheriff<br>2011-12 Deer Hunting Co Staff Member

    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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  8. 10pointman

    10pointman Waterfowl forum Sheriff<br>2011-12 Deer Hunting Co Staff Member

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

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  9. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member

    I forgot to add - have seen several for sale on this forum in the $500 to $550 price range - mostly without scopes.
  11. Lungbustr05

    Lungbustr05 Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. Thenarwhal

    Thenarwhal Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member

    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.:up:
  14. CoyoteControlInc

    CoyoteControlInc Well-Known Member

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

    SwampCat Well-Known Member

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

    Cache_Swamp Well-Known Member

    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
  17. 10pointman

    10pointman Waterfowl forum Sheriff<br>2011-12 Deer Hunting Co Staff Member

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

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  18. LGustin

    LGustin Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. HighPriest

    HighPriest Well-Known Member

    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.

  20. Ekspurt

    Ekspurt Well-Known Member

    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.