An excellent platform to make good use of the
.44 Magnum round. A small downside is that this
one has micro groove rifling and so cannot satisfactorily
utilize cast bullets. It does however seem to like
MagTech factory JSP's.
Yet another gun sporting a red dot - only because
of ''old eyes'' and problems with open sights. It
does in fact perform well with that addition even
tho aesthetics are spoiled.
This has to be one of Ruger's nicest rifles, if rather short -
certainly it is superbly finished and woodwork
graining is excellent. The 45-70 caliber was chosen
partly because it is very versatile and, this gun
can handle the max loads safely - pressures up toward
the 35,000 CUP limit! Short of using a powder that
is too fast burning, it is hard to exceed safe loads
in it as the case capacity will not permit
As a single shot, this has the ambiance
of a 'buffalo gun', despite its relatively modest
size and weight. For sure, touch off a max load
and it sure feels like a buffalo gun!! A more modest load now is used the same as for the BFR revolver.
This gun is now sadly out of production but goes
back quite a long ways. Earlier Model 99's can become
quite valuable. This is chambered in .243 (6mm)
and is beautifully balanced, with superb woodwork
- aquired new from a raffle!.
Only equipped with a Tasco scope initially, that
was changed to a Leupold as grouping seemed poor.
This turned out not to be the problem and instead
it would seem that it does not like the 105 grain
heavy bullets that had been handloaded. It will
probably perform better with a more standard 85
grain bullet weight, as possibly its twist is a
This one very easily carried carbine, being very much
at the short end on barrel length. It
makes very good use of the .357 Magnum round, which
is usually from choice a homeload gas check 158 cast SWC load - recoil is minimal.
It was aquired with scope mounts fitted, drilled and tapped - which
means the gun is somewhat ''stuck'' with them. It
had a 'scope for some time but the decision was
made to try a red dot. Unfortunately this does little
for the looks! The plus side of the mounts however
is they are ''see -thru'' and so there is still
an open sight shooting option.
In its own way, even if at the relatively modern
end of production, still a Winchester classic.