I'm considering ordering one of these. Are they any good for paper punching and/or for hunting hogs out to 75 yards? Anyone like 'em or hate 'em? How do they compare to the Marlin 1894 .44 magnums, should I get one of these instead...I've read about recent problems with 'em? Thanks, Dennis
I've whined enough about my 1894SS, guess what I'm going to say! I only know 1 person who has a 77/44 and it's a 2.5-3" gun at 100yds. Not a tack driver but good enough for the intended use.
I've had both. I couldn't get the marlin to shoot accurately. I blamed the 38" barrel twist. The ruger has a 20" twist and took some work but really has turned out accurate. The barrell measured .430 so the .429 bullets didn't shoot well. Hornady and Remington both make .430's and that really helped. Also the faster I pushed the bullet the better the accuracy got. I'm at 1800 fps with a 240 g. bullet and its a hoot to shoot.
How does it work? I can't find the lever
I have the 77/44. First time to the range accuracy was so bad I was really disgusted. Other loadings did not help. Did a real nice trigger job on it and then sent it to Bullberry Gunworks and had a varmint weight barrel put on it. He guarantees it to shoot minute. It never did, but shoots a heck of a lot better than it did. Took 2 deer with it in 25 seconds using Hornady 240 XTPs over 296 powder. It was the most expensive gun I owned for awhile after the rebarrel. Still got it, shoot it every now and then.
Would I recommend it as a hot ticket? No. I just really wanted one back then.
I don't have either. I do have a 1894S 41mag and I love it. I also liked the looks of the Ruger 96/44 - reminded me of an 88 Wincester - "the modern levergun". It might be a piece of junk or not. I'd look at one before I spent any money - unless I was into the "cowboy thing" - which I am. Yee-Haw!
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I got the pleasure of handling a 77/44 last week. A local shop has a used one for sale.
The rifle is very light it would carry easy. Should be a great treestand gun.
JMO but part of a good brush rifle to me is the ability to take a very fast followup shot. That being said the levergun is, to me, faster than a bolt gun. I am not crazy about the 5? shot magazine. I like the levergun better.
I know its OT but if I was to look for a non lever 44 I think it'd be a Ruger Deerfield carbine semi auto.
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The really wonderful thing about the 77/44 is that you can do this to them.
This one is mine. It's got a custom, fast twist barrel in it to stabilize heavy bullets and it can outshoot me.
There was a good write up on GunBlast.com. I can't seem to get on or I would post a link.
The Ruger is very light. Wonder what the recoil is like?