Ruger Model 44

The Ruger Model 44 was a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .44 Remington Magnum.[2] It used a 4-round rotary box magazine and was produced from 1961 to 1985.[3]

Ruger Model 44
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Ruger Model 44 with scope
TypeSemi-automatic rifle
Place of originUnited States
Production history
DesignerWilliam B. Ruger
ManufacturerSturm, Ruger & Co.
Unit cost$108 (equivalent to $945 in 2020) (1960)[1]
No. builtOver 250,000[1]
VariantsRS, International, Sporter, 25th Anniversary
Mass5.75 lb (2.6 kg)[1]
Length36.75 in (933 mm)[1]
Barrel length18.25 in (464 mm)[1]

Cartridge.44 Remington Magnum[1]
ActionGas-operated, rotating bolt
Feed system4-round rotary box magazine[1]
SightsFolding rear leaf sight, gold bead front sight[1]


Designed as a close range carbine for deer hunting in dense woods, Ruger released the Model 44 Carbine in 1961 as the "Deerstalker", a moniker it used until 1962 due to a lawsuit brought by the Ithaca Gun Company.[3][4] The design influenced the smaller and more popular Ruger 10/22 model chambered in .22 LR that would debut in 1964.[2] The rifle was discontinued in 1985 due to high production costs.[3][5] Ruger does not offer any parts support for the Model 44.

The Ruger Model 44 was replaced by the Ruger Deerfield Carbine introduced in 2000 and produced until 2006.[5] The Deerfield is a brand new design and has little in common with the Model 44. While the Model 44 featured a solid-topped receiver, the modern Deerfield Carbine has an open-top design more resembling the M1 Carbine,[6] which offered increased strength and lower production costs.[7] The Deerfield uses a rotary magazine similar to that used on Ruger's .22 LR 10/22 rifle.[6]


The standard model featured a walnut stock and a barrel band similar to the Ruger 10/22 and the M1 Carbine, but using a solid top receiver.[2] The front sight was a gold bead and the rear sight was a folding leaf-type. The receiver was drilled and tapped for scope mounts. The rifle was fed via a 4 round rotary box magazine.

The chief complaint of the rifle was that the gas ports quickly fouled when using lead ammunition. This became less of an issue as manufacturers of .44 Magnum ammunition offered jacketed rounds instead of traditional lead.[8]

Ruger offered several variants including the RS model that had factory sling swivels and a rear peep sight close to the rear receiver lug. The International Model was similar, but lacked the rear peep sight and had a Mannlicher-type stock. The Sporter was the same, but made use of a Monte-Carlo style of stock. These three variants were dropped from production in 1971.[3] In the final year of production, Ruger offered a "25th Anniversary Edition" that featured a Ruger medallion embedded in the stock.[9]



  • Wilson, R. L. (1996). Ruger & His Guns: A History of the Man, the Company, and Their Firearms. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-80367-4. OCLC 33820244.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Wilson 1996, pp. 68–69.
  2. ^ a b c Long, Duncan (1 December 1987). The Sturm Ruger 10/22 Rifle and .44 Magnum Carbine. Boulder, Colorado: Paladin Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-87364-449-5.
  3. ^ a b c d Shideler, Dan (26 June 2009). The Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900-Present. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 430. ISBN 0-89689-824-5.
  4. ^ James, Garry (September 23, 2010). "Ruger Collector's Guide". Rifle Shooter. Retrieved October 14, 2013. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ a b Taffin, John (30 October 2006). Gun Digest Book of the .44. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-4402-2670-0. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  6. ^ a b Michael Schoby (November 2006). Hunter's Guide to Whitetail Rifles. Stackpole Books. pp. 126–. ISBN 978-0-8117-3359-5. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  7. ^ The Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly Part IV - Centerfire Rifles. Krause Publications. 15 December 2003. pp. 368–. ISBN 978-0-87349-631-5. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  8. ^ Shideler, Dan (28 February 2011). "The Hammer of Thor". Gun Digest Book of Deer Guns: Arms & Accessories for the Deer Hunter. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 40. ISBN 1-4402-2666-0.
  9. ^ Lee, Jerry (11 April 2012). The Official Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2012. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 1104. ISBN 1-4402-2927-9.