Old Judge Creek wrote:
...had Ruger offered a 10 round mag, I would have simply HAD to have one in my battery.
Ruger simply missed the boat with the Deerfield, IMO....
I know a bit late to the conversation, but I thought it quite the interesting question.
I want a small carbine that can thump a black bear, deer, hog, or for home defense. I also want ammunition interchangeability with a decent revolver and in a popular North American caliber. Lastly, it should have decent accuracy at 100 yds.
It seems the .44 Rem. Mag. is a very good fit for my criteria.
Finding out about the Ruger 99/44 Deerfield was great until I realized Ruger stopped making them! Now they are hard to come by and worth MORE than when new!
I hope Ruger considers starting this model again, as it is an excellent addition to the Super Redhawks/ Blackhawks out there.
I agree with above quote, a 10 round, magazine fed Deerfield would be great and a *perfect* fit for me. Anyone who hikes deep mountains should carry "worst case scenario" firearms in case of inescapable bear attack IMHO. Ruger may want to offer a "Mossy Oak" finish while they're at it!
A Deerfield in .500 S&W might be catchy too, especially up north