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I was wandering the pawn shop circuit today (got the day off!) and I found a shop selling a minty Ruger Carbine in ...
I was wandering the pawn shop circuit today (got the day off!) and I found a shop selling a minty Ruger Carbine in .44 Magnum. I've never seen this gun before (it looks like a big 10/22). Anyone familiar with this rifle? Opinions?
Shop owner is asking $350.
Last edited by fightzombies; May 28th, 2010 at 02:25 PM.
Reason: to attract more interest by new title
Never fired one before but have always wanted one. The price is not too bad, saw one for about the same price here in metro Detroit. I like the idea of a .44mag in a carbine. Great woods gun.
And........if you reload.........there is no end to the fun you can have with it.
I remember Ruger making them years ago. I don't remember when or why they stopped making them but I do recall some general outrage from enthusiasts and pledges to snatch them up before they're all gone. I'm sure there are some here who own them. Try editing your OP to see if you can add ".44 Magnum" to the thread title. It might attract more interest.
Hi there FZ. I have one of those little 44 Carbines and love it. It was my first rifle and I bought it new back in '78. $350 for a minty one is a really good price from what I have seen online...they usually seem to go for $400-$650. Awesome gun for deer and hogs out to 100yds.
Hey fightzombies FYI
Ruger introduced an autoloading carbine as its first centerfire long gun , and it was chambered for a handgun cartridge, the .44 Magnum. The Ruger Deerstalker, whose name was later changed to the .44 Carbine, was and is a very practical choice for hunting whitetail-size game in heavy cover. It is short, lightweight, and has moderate recoil with four magazine-housed rounds available for a few quick follow-up shots. After more than a quarter-million units being produced, the .44 Carbine is no longer made.The deerstalker ran from 1959-1985 and then was produced with a different action ( an M14 style)and marketed as the Deerfield carbine from 1985-200?.The Deerfield Carbine is based on the Ranch Rifle design but uses a four round rotary magazine instead of the staggered box magazine of the Ranch rifle and Mini-14 rifles. The reason for this special magazine is the .44 Magnum's rimmed case.
I own a very tidy late model Deerfield and couldnt be happier with it, its a light,accurate little carbine with lots of attitude and they are all now very collectible so if you can get your hands on one ,you wont be sorry ....cheers mate hope this helps.
I would jump on that one, you can useually haggle a little with the pawn shops.
The 'Deerstalkers" were disc. in 1962. the 44 was made from 1961 - 85. Many are very collectable [ RS , Finger groove, International , and Deerstalker] but all I have are great shooters. I think the main reason of their demise was production costs , many machined parts and the economy at the time.
I have 3 , standard , a fingergroove and a Deerstalker and would not hesitate to grab another. But that is just me, Spend it while it's still worth something...
Didn't they also make a 40 carbine? I kind of remember seeing one for sale last week at a LGS, it was listed as a ruger .40 carbine.
Hey there Ruger made a pc 40 carbine and a pc 9 carbine in 9mm, sadly both now are as is the mighty .44 mag Deerfield discontinued.They have restarted production of the m77 .44 bolt action carbine ,would be great if they did it with the Deerfield and the pc.40/pc 9 .
I have one of the original Deerstalkers. Serial # below 250. I'm told it came from a time before Ruger made their own barrels, and has a Marlin barrel with a white bead front sight. It has a tubular magazine rather than the rotary. It's very accurate at 100 yards with 240 gr. jacketed bullets and heavy loads of H-110 or 2400.
The name change came about because of a problem with the old Ithaca company claiming that the Deerstalker name was too close to their Deerslayer. Ruger was not such a large and powerful company, then.
I have no idea of it's current value?
Last edited by Reddog; May 31st, 2010 at 07:54 AM.
I have an original Ruger repair manuel that shows pretty everthing about repairng those carbines. It goes into great detail, not just how to disasssemble and reassemble.
If you need info on repairing one or part ID etc, let me know.