Skip to comments.Ruger 77/44 44 Mag bolt action carbine
Posted on 07/08/2014 12:10:51 PM PDT by Beagle8U
I just picked up a new Ruger 77/44 bolt action and wondered if anyone here has any experience with them, or favorite loads/reloads for them?
It is a SS 44 Mag bolt action carbine with an 18 1/2 inch barrel and Synthetic stock.
Michigan just passed a law that will allow pistol cartridge rifles to be used for deer hunting in the 'shotgun zone', so I plan to use it for hunting deer.
I'm thinking 240 grain semi-jacketed softpoints should do the job out to 125 yds or so.
You might consider jacketed soft points instead of hollow points. You’ll get better penetration at the range you describe with soft points. The hollow points might ‘blow up’ too early before they can penetrate to vitals.
Your mileage may vary...
Geez! disregard my post - I mis read your original and see that you said “soft points”.
Suppress it. Perfect hog hunting gun.
Don't use reduced loads with H110 or W296.
My children and my self have killed dozens of deer with a 357 max carbine and 158gr SPs out to 150 yards.
You well have no trouble with your 44 mag, I like to use H110 and a near max load with any 240gr JSP well work just fine for deer.
I took two off my property this year with a S&W model 29 with an 8-3/8” barrel, neither went more than about 30 yards before dropping, one medium size buck and a very big doe.
I think that 296 and 110 are now the same thing.
I’m pretty sure Alliant bought out Hodgen.
W296 and H110 are still made (good luck finding any) and are also used in loading .410 shotshells.
Illegal in Michigan, no hogs anyway.
Care to mention the price or range of prices?
I’d have to study some ballistics to be sure but it seems this fits into the same area as a .30-30. OTOH, with a synthetic stock & stainless barrel/receiver/action, there’s a lot to like about that combo, too. The weight also appears to be good for long carries.
Bronco Bama likes to ignore federal law. I'd like to see mass disobedience to federal law by civilians get as little attention from the DOJ and media.
My favorite .44 Mag load is a Hornady 300gr. XTP over 20 grains of H110 or WW 296 with a magnum pistol primer. In my Marlin 1894 lever action it is very accurate and hits with authority. Works well in my Ruger Redhawk revolver too.
That is about what I had planned for a load, CCI 350 primer, 25 gr 110, 240 gr SJSP.
I haven’t bought any components yet.
I know your using a bolt action model, but the Hornaday Flex Tip rounds (designed for lever action rifles) have good performance at 100-150 yds. According to their specs, you’d get 1225 fps and 800 ft lbs from their 160 grain Flex Tip at 100 yds with that barrel length.
Yup, weighs less than 6 lbs until you add a scope.
The Mfg list price is about $925. I paid a tad under $700.
I read somewhere that the hornady flex tip doesn’t feed well in the rotary magazine of the 77/44.
“Im pretty sure Alliant bought out Hodgen.”
No mention of that on Hodgdon website:
Ooops...my mistake. I copied the 30-30 ballistics info by mistake. Their 225g .44 would be traveling 1416 fps and have 1002 ft lbs of energy at 100 yds from a 20” barrel. The flex tip design reportedly offers more consistent expansion and bullet performance.
Shot my first deer with a 44 semi-auto...Dropped it on the spot...
Pretty cool poacher’s gun.
I doubt the MI DNR would find any humor in it though.
I killed a 300# bear with that load in an 8” wheel gun. A few deer met the same fate. None ever went 30 yards.
Good article, thanks!
H110 and Winchester 296 are basically the same powder. The other good powders to use are 2400, Accurate Arms #9, and 4227. All with 240 grain bullet.
I don’t know for sure, but all the reloading websites said they were bought out by Aligiant. (SP?)
I had pretty much decided on 110 or 2400 for powder, but wanted to run it by FReepers for input.
I’m hoping to get the 240 gr SJSP up to about 1800 fps at the muzzle, or a tad more.
I think the bullet has a BC of .16 or .18.
That should grind their grits pretty good at 100 yds.
Thanks for the extra info and good luck with your load development!
I haven’t even sighted it in yet, just got it this afternoon.
Ohio just did something similar with straight jacketed rifle shells. Goes into effect this fall.
Yup, MI, OH, and IN now have pretty much the same law for deer guns.
MI does allow regular rifles up north though.
What does that mean?
More important, can it penetrate a blue helmet at 125 yards?
I’m sure he means straight walled pistol cartridges used in a rifle.
The Ruger 10/44. Had a chance to buy one cheap a while back. Wish I’d grabbed it.
OK, sounds right.
OK, my son went to pick up some components to start out with. Stuff is hard to find in stock locally.
H-110 powder, Federal LP mag primers, Sierra 210 JSP.
I’m going to start with 26.5 grains of H-110.
That will give about 1950+ fps out of the 18 1/2” carbine barrel.
The barrel on the Ruger 77/44 is 1-20 RH rifling.
With a .16 BC it will have well over 1,000 fpe at 100 yds and nearly 900 fpe at 150 yds.
If that load proves accurate I may just stick with that one.
That yields a Taylor KO factor of 25. ( The 30/06 with a 150 gr at 3,000 fps is only a TKO factor of 19.)
I’m thinking it will kill a deer.
I’ll bet it will.
“The Ruger 10/44. Had a chance to buy one cheap a while back. Wish Id grabbed it.”
44 Mag rifles are flying off the shelves in MI and OH now.
Both states just made them legal for deer hunting this fall. The dealers can’t keep anything in stock.
I bought mine on Gunbroker.com and had it shipped to a local dealer.
post 43 has my load that I settled on to start with.
Sounds about right. That 210 is a fine pill.
My cousin owned one and I’ve seen the effects of the .44cal mag. Amen.
I don’t know the correct term off the top of my head, but they aren’t pinched down/tapered on the brass next where the lead goes. The brass wall is straight up to the bullet.
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