[5 of 5 Stars!]Unboxing, the box was intact and not crushed. Stock looks good with the stain a little thin in places on the contours. Metal looks good. Nice light coat of oil on all metal parts including the bolt. Surprised the bolt and rings were not in a plastic bag. Overall, fit and finish is very good. Tried to get a dollar bill under barrel but no go, so the bbl is not floated. Popped the rotary mag out with some difficulty. Surprised to find the mag well opening in the stock is not stained or sealed at all. This will have to be done to keep stock from absorbing moisture and warping. I inspected the bore and it was dirty from test firing. I cleaned the bore with wet patches and rust or what looks like rust started to appear on the patches. It took 4 thoroughly soaked patches to get the rust out. Bore is bright and clean now. On to the range. I mounted a 3X9 Sightron SII scope that I had laying around. Ruger gives no torque values in OM for ring screws, cross bolts or action screws (?) I shot 3 rounds to get to zero with some handloads that I had optimized for my old Ruger M44. They shot pretty well to get zerod and then the gun started throwing flyers with this load. I tried several other hand loads and shot a clover leaf group at 100yds with some old Hornady 240grain Silhouette bullets over 23.9 grains of H110. Of course Hornady no longer makes this excellent bullet.
I found the bolt to be very "clunky" but up to the task. The bolt handle and knob are small to match the carbine's overall scale and appearance. With the scope mounted as far back as possible for good eye relief at 9X, the bolt handle and knob are almost touching the scope but it is workable. I found that it takes very deliberate and sharp actions of working the bolt to get rounds out of the rotary mag and into the chamber as well as to get the brass to eject properly once fired. The mag was fussy to get out as well but the bolt and the mag seemed to be easier to manipulate as my shooting session progressed. In the end I was a little disappointed with the accuracy obtained thru testing about a dozen handloads with the above noted exception and a couple of sub 2 inch groups at 100yds. I have no idea what this gun would do with factory ammo as I do not intend to shoot any with it as I have found 44mag factory fodder to be extremely hot and extremely inaccurate in anything I have ever shot it in. I have already loaded up 3 other ladder tests to take to the range. I hope to find another good accurate handload with currently available bullets and to take a eastern white tail deer with this carbine in the next month. Cheers!
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[5 of 5 Stars!]Thanks Buds I wanted the walnut stock and blued barrel. I don't like the plastic stocks. I snatched this up as soon as I saw it. I can see some 44mag reloading dies in my future.Show More Reviews...