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I just bought a 94/44 - awesome gun. I'm anxious to give it a try this fall for white tails and put a small T/C variable on it. One thing in notice is the lever does not lock very well after the gun has been cocked. It will open with minimal downward pressure. It seems loose. After you fire it there's all kinds of tension because it needs to be recocked. Is this common with these guns?

Can anyone give me some details? I don't want the lever to open every time a branch grabs at it, or have some other more serious issue. Everything is in good shape and seems to be working correctly.

Thanks in advance
 

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Thanks for the info - I'll take it down and inspect everything. It seems to be a pretty basic design. I know Rugers are pretty rugged guns, generally speaking. There's a spring and plunger that detent into the lever, perhaps the spring is weak??


I got a couple of boxes of 240 Grain Gold Dot JHPs to try her out. They claim to get 1400fps out of a revolver, should be pretty potent out of the 18.5" barrel.

Any other ammo recommendations? I wanted to go with Cor Bon or Buffalo Bore Deer Grenades but they just seemed to pricey. I don't reload. My use is for NH white tails, probably ~ 50 yds.
 

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Oh my manners, Welcome to the forum tis a good mob here.

best luck with your lever fix, some one with the know on 44m should be along soon
 

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I just bought a 94/44 - awesome gun. I'm anxious to give it a try this fall for white tails and put a small T/C variable on it. One thing in notice is the lever does not lock very well after the gun has been cocked. It will open with minimal downward pressure. It seems loose. After you fire it there's all kinds of tension because it needs to be recocked. Is this common with these guns?

Can anyone give me some details? I don't want the lever to open every time a branch grabs at it, or have some other more serious issue. Everything is in good shape and seems to be working correctly.

Thanks in advance
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I just bought a 94/44 - awesome gun. I'm anxious to give it a try this fall for white tails and put a small T/C variable on it. One thing in notice is the lever does not lock very well after the gun has been cocked. It will open with minimal downward pressure. It seems loose. After you fire it there's all kinds of tension because it needs to be recocked. Is this common with these guns?

Can anyone give me some details? I don't want the lever to open every time a branch grabs at it, or have some other more serious issue. Everything is in good shape and seems to be working correctly.

Thanks in advance
Hey was wondering if you ever found the fix for your rifle? I recently picked one up seems to do the same as you described
 

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some times "zombie" posts have good info. Don't diss them too much, just skip over it if it bugs you.
They are particularly with older low-production item like our lever action Ruger carbines.
I have one and its just the thing for woods and farm deer hunting in the lower half of the Michigan Mitten since the DNR opened it up for pistol caliber rifles with straight cases (no bottleneck's allowed) 357M and up, and with a max case length of 1.8", though that may have changed. I love mine---except for the too-short stock. searching for a decent replacement made for adults.
 

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toDWS you might try this Ruger® 10/22 Extended Buttplate
The loose lever discussed above is probably because the detent hole in the lever doesn't line up with the detent in the receiver. Had same issue with mine. Determined proper loaction and drilled a small, shallow hole there and it hold much better now.
 

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I'm not sure it would fit the 44m carbines and while "beauty is as beauty does" it true, in at least in a utility driven view. I'm not sure that SARCO products appearance would improve the rifle. LOL
 

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I found a guy who might be able to make a modified duplicate of the 44m lever action using a walnut blank I've had for a number of years. Redesigned with a longer, better looking stock. further details if it works out.
 
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