RUGER Carbine Model 44 .44 Magnum Scoped Semi-Automatic Rifle, MFD 1963 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1104

LSB#: 211030NO10

Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.

Model: Carbine

Serial Number: 84277

Year of Manufacture: 1963 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)

Caliber: .44 Remington Magnum

Action Type: Magazine Tube-Fed Semi Automatic Rifle

Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “STURM, RUGER & CO. / SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number, “84277”, “RUGER CARBINE / .44 MAGNUM CAL.”, a phoenix logo, and “®”.

Barrel Length: 18 1/2”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a blade with white insert dovetailed into a banded base that is integral to the barrel. The rear sight is a flip-up u-notch with a white line aiming reference. The barrel and the top of the receiver are drilled, tapped, and filled for the optic rings that have mounted on them a Weaver K4 scope. The scope body has a few minor nicks scattered about with a few more notable nicks on the objective bell. The glass is fairly clear, and overall, the scope rates in Very Good-to-Fine condition.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece smooth wood with barrel band, semi-pistol grip, straight comb, and black alloy buttplate. There are light nicks and compressions throughout the wood. The right side and top of the grip have a few more notable nicks and dings. The left side of the buttstock just to the rear of the grip has several clusters of moderate nicks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate has light scuff wear at the heel and toe along with minor thinning on all edges. Overall, the stock rates in Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is still bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, but a bit of light stubborn fouling can be seen in spots.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. There is scuff wear on the top of the barrel just in front of the band. The barrel otherwise has scattered spots of minor surface oxidation, light nicks and a few scuffs. There is one more notable scuff just behind the front sight. The receiver has taken on a faint plum hue, and there is light thinning on most edges along with minor nicks throughout the top. The screws have minor toolmarks with strong slots, and all markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Very Good-to-Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: The scope as described above.

Our Assessment: On offer here is the classic Ruger .44 Magnum Carbine, now long out of production but beloved still. The forbear of the 10/22, and frankly all Subsequent Ruger rifles, the Carbine, or Model 44, formerly the Deerstalker, hasn’t been produced since 1984, but collectors desire this rifle even today. Unlike most Ruger firearms, this was not a product of investment casting, but rather was machined, making it a rarity even among other Ruger guns. The 44 Carbine is sharp looking, with classic lines and wonderful in-hand feel. This gun will make a perfect hunting companion, in any field environment, and has the power to stop nearly any threat yet is light enough to carry in the field for long periods of time. We have always wondered why Ruger stopped making these, but until they start production again, you better buy this one. Good luck and happy bidding!

RUGER Carbine Model 44 .44 Magnum Scoped Semi-Automatic Rifle, MFD 1963 C&R
RUGER Carbine Model 44 .44 Magnum Scoped Semi-Automatic Rifle, MFD 1963 C&R