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with a rifle I would be in love with my Ruger 77/44. I can't wait to get it on the range and see how it shoots.


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Like I said, it's a sweet little rifle. Don't know if it still going, but dicks had a pretty good sale on 44 mag ammo recently. Picked up a couple 20 rd boxes of Barnes for $15 each, an a box of Hornady for under $20.
 

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I got box of 50 Winchester JSP for $37 at Field and Stream last night. I wasn't decided on the bullet style but since that was the only one they had I took it. I've got a box of 240 JHP that my dad loaded that seem to shoot the same so I've got that too.

BTW, you're right about it being a sweet shooting gun!


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D. Rookie, are you going to scope it or shoot iron sights? Just wondering. MJ
For this year it will be open sights. Next year I will be putting an UltraDot on it. I hunt primarily the hills of SW Ohio and shots are usually less than 100 yards. I haven't shot a deer beyond 75 yards in years.


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I've been flirting with this rifle for the past couple years... I've still not pulled the trigger on one. My other gun may get jealous. Something about it just keeps pulling me in.
 

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For this year it will be open sights. Next year I will be putting an UltraDot on it. I hunt primarily the hills of SW Ohio and shots are usually less than 100 yards. I haven't shot a deer beyond 75 yards in years.


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If your eyes are still good I'd stick with iron sights at up to 100. If not, I'd go with a regular rifle scope.


I'll take good quality glass over a dot any day. It should be against the law to put one of those things on a bolt action rifle. :) MJ
 

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If your eyes are still good I'd stick with iron sights at up to 100. If not, I'd go with a regular rifle scope.


I'll take good quality glass over a dot any day. It should be against the law to put one of those things on a bolt action rifle. :) MJ
Yep, my eyes are fine. The front sight was simply a brass dot but I put a dab of bright orange nail polish on it and now it pops nicely. (It pays to have daughters).

A scope is not a good option for the type of deer hunting we do because of quick target acquisition. The Ultradot looks more like a scope so it won't ugly up the rifle too much. :rotate:

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hows the recoil? thoughts on a 10yr old? girl?
was contemplating 357 44 or 444 for encore but wanted kids to be able to handle it
 

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Recoil is very manageable. My 10 year old can shoot it all day. My 8 year old too, but he's a beast. They didn't like the 240 Hornady stuff at 1300 fps though. She should be fine with most standard loads. Out of the 7-8 different rounds we fired, those hornadys were the only ones that even remotely bothered them

Heck, my wife didn't even mind shooting it, and ARs bother her at times.

I have a buddy with a lever action in 357. He claims that is like shooting a 22lr.
 

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My daughter shot it and liked it a lot. She normally shoots a .50 cal muzzy with 100gr Pyrodex and she agreed the recoil was less. It's definitely less than a 20ga slug. I wouldn't suggest the 444 as the recoil will be more and I personally don't like a .357 for deer. I know it will work but I just don't like it. I actually have .357 rifle that I could have used by decided to spend the money on a .44. The Winchester JSP list a muzzle velocity of 1100fps but everything I'm reading guys are getting over 1700fps out of a rifle.


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