Who are I.Q. Munitions?
I.Q. Munitions is a Montana-based firearm industry company originally focused on perfecting high-velocity cartridge loadings whilst maintaining accuracy. This evolved into working with subsonic rounds, and how to create more accurate and effective subsonic loads. This is evident with their ‘Magnuforce Subsonic’ line, which covers a 400-gr 44 Remington Magnum, a 550-gr 45-70 Government and a 575-gr 500 S&W.
Extended Magazines for Ruger 77 Series and Ruger Deerfield
Gary, the owner of I.Q. Munitions, has a personal love for the venerable 44 Remington Magnum round, and this passion gave rise to creating a 10 round detachable magazine compatible with the now out-of-production Ruger Deerfield semi-automatic carbine, and the in-production Ruger 77/44 bolt-action rifle. The magazines fit, and will chamber in Ruger 96/44 lever action rifles, but have issues with extracting. I.Q. Munitions are seeking to fix this issue.
An example of the magazine in action via a Ruger Deerfield. Much more versatile than the 4 round factory magazine!
Specifications: What you need to know before buying
- Machined in Stevensville, Montana, USA by I.Q Metals
- 6061 billet aluminium body and baseplate, with a hard coat anodize for extra durability
- Hardened 17-4 Stainless Steel feed lips
- High density PVC follower
- This magazine is best suited for cartridges with an overall length of 1.60″ to 1.645″
- Cartridges with an overall length less than 1.60″ do not cycle properly and are not recommended
- 2lb in weight, unloaded [Edit – After confirming with I.Q Munitions, the magazine is under 1lb in weight unloaded. Apologies for the confusion! – J]
- $140 RRP, direct from I.Q Munitions
Magazines are available from the I.Q Munitions website directly here. There is a whole host of other accessories, including extended magazine releases for both the Ruger 99/44 and the Ruger 77 series of bolt action rifles. Magazines are also manufactured in small batches.
But wait, there’s more!
I.Q. Munitions, rightfully seeing the popularity of their 44 Magnum magazines, have announced they are prototyping 357 Magnum versions suitable for the Ruger 77/357, with a soft due date around the end of 2020/start of 2021.
I think that the extended magazine definitely gives a much-needed upgrade to the 99/44 and 77/44 (and shortly the 77/357), allowing you to spend more time shooting, and less time reloading. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section!