Ruger 77/44 Magnum

Ruger M77/44 Magnum For Goats


Feral goats - image Ag Vic
Feral goats – image Ag Vic

Q: I hunt pigs in lignum and goats in timbered country that’s intermixed with open clearings, The Ruger M77/44 carbine looks ideal for woods hunting, but will it reach out and bag an animal at 200 yards?
Francis Angwin

A: While the Ruger 77/44 carbine is suitable for brush and woods hunting, there are any number of guns better suited for clean kills on feral animals at longer ranges. The little carbine has several strikes against it for your use. When zeroed 3 inches high at 100yds with the 240gn factory load, the bullet drops about a foot at 200 yds, where retained energy has plummeted to about 600 ft/lbs. I did test one of these carbines a few years ago and accuracy averaged a shade under 3MOA. The Ruger was not designed for precision shooting at long range, but it ain’t to be sneezed at within 150 yds

Ruger 77/44 Magnum
Ruger 77/44 Magnum

 

 

 


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The late Nick Harvey (1931-2024) was one of the world's most experienced and knowledgeable gun writers, a true legend of the business. He wrote about firearms and hunting for about 70 years, published many books and uncounted articles, and travelled the world to hunt and shoot. His reloading manuals are highly sought after, and his knowledge of the subject was unmatched. He was Sporting Shooter's Technical Editor for almost 50 years. His work lives on here as part of his legacy to us all.

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