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Old March 26th, 2010, 01:16 PM   #1
 
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Deerfield carbine.

Hey all, does anybody know why Ruger stopped producing the .44 Deerfield carbine, i have an absolute beauty in new condition and every time i take it out some one is offering to buy it.........no way,but it seems theres still a very big demand for them,you very rarely see them for sale as nobody wants to part with them,here in NZ we have some fairly dense bush and the quick little .44 is great for Deer or pigs,cheers.



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Old March 28th, 2010, 04:22 AM   #2
 
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I don't know why they stopped. I wanted one and found out that they quit making them a little too late. I had a Ruger rep looking around trying to get one for me and he couldn't. Its a shame. I still want one.
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I have one that was my first rifle that I got for deer hunting when I was 14. I don't hunt anymore and actually ran an ad in the paper to sell it years ago. I knew when I got the first call that I couldn't part with it and now I'm glad to say that I kept it. My local gun shop had one recently that was quickly snapped up and they seem to be going for around $600-$750 used from what I have found online. I wish you luck in finding one. Mine is a fun shooter that likes every factory ammo that I have run through it.
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I have one that was my first rifle that I got for deer hunting when I was 14. I don't hunt anymore and actually ran an ad in the paper to sell it years ago. I knew when I got the first call that I couldn't part with it and now I'm glad to say that I kept it. My local gun shop had one recently that was quickly snapped up and they seem to be going for around $600-$750 used from what I have found online. I wish you luck in finding one. Mine is a fun shooter that likes every factory ammo that I have run through it.
You couldn't vary from 240gr could you?... my .44mag was very finicky that way and would only cycle 240 gr JSP's.

Although it was fussy, it was a tack-driver @100 yrds. with the old Redfield variable power scope I had on it.

I ended up buying a "like new" 96/44 to give to my son for his first riffle and now they're discontinued too!... Sometimes I scratch my head at Ruger's methods.

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I got extremely luck last week! I have always wanted to replace the 44 carbine that I was forced to sell almost 30 years ago when I was very young (and stupid). This was the very first rifle my Dad bought for me when I was 15. I simply asked a friend if he new anyone that had one and WOW, 2 days later, I got a call and drove 100 miles to pay cash for it. A beautiful almost NIB with a beautiful scope to match it. Not a scratch on it from the original owner. Best $500 bucks I ever spent, not to mention all his ammo he gave me with it.

I will never part with this again. I even called my Dad and told him the good news. He was over joyed! Today I am going to give this a test drive and check the scope accuracy. I have no doubt that this will be a great tack driver.
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Go play the lottery!

Congrats! I sure wish I could get a deerfield.
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Go play the lottery!

Congrats! I sure wish I could get a deerfield.
I'll keep an eye out for you if I see one!
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Thanks! I did see one on the net and it just came at a bad time so I wasn't able to snag it. AAAArrrrgggghhh!
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Thanks! I did see one on the net and it just came at a bad time so I wasn't able to snag it. AAAArrrrgggghhh!

There are currently four 44 carbines up for grabs on gunsamerica right now.

One of them is here in Michigan for 425.00.. the link is GunsAmerica - Ruger .44 Carbine - Ruger Rifles > M44/Carbine - Guns For Sale & Gun Auctions B"H

There is also one on gunbroker but its ending soon in less that 40 minutes. Link: Ruger 44 Magnum Semi Auto Carbine, Old Model : Semi-auto at GunBroker.com

Good luck. I also put in a call up in Alpena, MI to a buddy of mine who may know someone that has one to sell. He is a hellofa progun guy retired from the Coast Guard who knows many people (he is in industrial sales). I'll let you know if I hear anything. Again, good luck.

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Model 44 Ammo

Knuckles, Sorry for the late reply (forgot to subscribe to the thread).

I have used 240gr Federal, Remington and Winchester ammo, 180gr Federal and 180gr, 210gr and 240gr handloads through my Model 44 with no real problems. I did once have a few FTE rounds with the Remington but that seemed to be from lots of shooting (the Remington was pretty dirty ammo if I recall). After a good cleaning she worked fine.

I have read that others have had good luck with the 265gr Hornady JHPs in handloads and even with their 300gr factory rounds. I plan to try the 300gr loads next time I get to a rifle range.
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New Deerfield Bought Today

First post, but been a member for a few months. Been searching for a Ruger Auto Carbine in 44 magnum for a while. Killed my first deer with one and decided to try and find one. Went to the local gun show today and there were two tube feed older models in about 85% shape at $650 or so and then I ran across this 99.99% deerfield with 2 mags, peep sights and rings for $485. Could not pass it up.
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My 12 yr. old doughter is now a proud owner of a Ruger .44 carbine. Happy birthday Punkin !!!!!

I found one at the Kittery trading post for 500.00 with over under scope rings. 95%
she always loved mine, but just couldnt get myself to let her hunt w/ it.
now she can go nuts w/ her own !!!!
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