This is a discussion on 44 Carbine within the Ruger Semi-Auto forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; Hey guys, new user here. I need some help. I just bought a Ruger 44 Carbine in excellent condition. I was wondering what it was ...
Hey guys, new user here. I need some help. I just bought a Ruger 44 Carbine in excellent condition. I was wondering what it was worth? I searched but cannot find one like mine. according to the serial number i believe it was made in 71. Mine does not have the barrel band like most do and the stock has a cheekpiece carved out. It came with a Weaver 4x scope and weaver mounts. I paid $300 for it so i think i did pretty well.
That's getting close to "stole it" range price. And factor in all of them I have seen did NOT have that nice of a stock and had the barrel band... I think you made a very good deal. I have been told when I was trying to find one that you should stick to standard 240 loads and not light or heavy for caliber or worse .44 magnum +p "deer grenade" or any other such nonsense. That action is made to spit out standard only and do it well. Very nice find.
They made these in a standard carbine,with aperture sights (44rs),Sporter,(which yours appears to be),and International with Mannlicher style stock.Ruger advised against using plain lead bullets,which can clog the gas port.I believe they were regulated for factory jacketed 240s.You have a very desirable and rare piece which appears to be in great condition.Enjoy,and be safe.
You got a good deal. Wish I had mine back. Swapped a Marlin 30/30 for it back in the mid 60's...traded it or sold it somewhere down the line and have regretted it ever since. When I was living down in Mobile, the .44 mag was a great rifle in the heavy brush country for deer and hogs. Not a good squirrel gun though...once shot a squirrel with it...all I found was some fur and a few scattered pieces of meat!
You got a great deal on a great carbine. I think the stock may be aftermaket too. I recall a full length stock and a finger grooved model(along the forearm), and the basic style with the barrel band, but this one is one I've never seen. Nice find!