The 77/44 is a hard-working bolt-action carbine, a quick- handling, hard-hitting brush country gun that shoots the punchy .44 Magnum round. It’s light, short, handy and accurate.
Sometimes we ignore some very reliable, well-built firearms because they are not chambered for the latest super-duper magnum cartridge. We spend so much time fantasizing about the new flat- shooters that we forget about tried-and-true guns which just keep on giving yeoman service by knocking over game at short to medium ranges without undue fuss and bother.
Such a gun is Ruger’s fast, handy, and accurate little Model 77/44 carbine – a .44 Magnum bolt action introduced in 1998. It was cloned from Ruger’s 77/22 rimfire bolt-action rifle which first saw the light of day in 1983. Many riflemen opined that the 77/22 would make the perfect basis for a .22 centrefire cartridge. Evidently, Ruger had that idea in mind too, because in 1994 the action was lengthened by 12mm and brought out in .22 Hornet. The Ruger 77/22 Hornet with its mild recoil, miserly consumption of powder and excellent performance became very popular. When shooters found that the rotary magazine handled the K-Hornet cartridge without any modification, a good many were chambered for what was the first improved cartridge.