SOLD FOR: $1225
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Serial Number: 102-44802
Year of Manufacture: 1977 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .44 Remington Magnum
Action Type: Tubular Magazine-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 with two-piece optic rails (no optic is included).
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 left side of the forend and the comb have a few more notable nicks and compressions. 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-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is still bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The barrel and receiver have a few light scuffs and nicks scattered about. 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: 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 even today, 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!