Ruger 96 in 22 lr ?

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rugerdczr

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I pick up two of them when they first came out and still sitting in the Vault, Not sure why Ruger stopped making them. Ruger also made them in the .17 cal.
 

Old Judge Creek

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This won't be a popular answer - but it's honest: I had a 96/22 and didn't like it. It shot nice tight groups and performed flawlessly. My complaint about it was the same as with the 10/22: to accomodate the (yes - excellent magazine) the trade off is the (IMO) clunky, unnecessarily oversized stock - and the lever throw was a teensy bit longer than I like. For a lever action, it was "just all wrong" for me. I like flat, easy packing 22 rifles and have several.

That said, I would like to snag a Ruger 96/22 magnum. I'd rather have a lever than a bolt action and then at least I'd have a lever action to match my 10/22 Magnum rifle.

But I gotta admit the 96/22 was indeed a performer.
 

MMichaelAK

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I had to look for five years to find one here in town used. Finally brought one home a few years ago and its a great little rifle.

If you can find one I highly reccommend getting it.
 

calixt0

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I'm interested in a 96/22mag and want to make a quad gun.. 22mag/22lr/17hmr/17m2
 
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sdoyl123":snrz965j said:
Just saw an auction for a Ruger 96 in 22 lr. Didn't know they made them.



The 96/22 is a great rifle. But, it's really a lever action 10/22. It's fat. That's what its detractors would say. But it's no fatter than a 10/22. The only things it did well, was operate perfectly, and shoot accurately. That was not enough.

But, at a higher cost than the 10/22, it could not compete with the 10/22, and folks didn't buy enough of them. And, when I grew up, there was a natural progression where a kids first gun was a single shot, graduating to a bolt, pump, or lever action. Dads now buy their kids a semi auto, as a first gun.

The 96/22 Magnum survived longer than the LR, only because the 10/22 Magnum failed. Some folks wanted a .22 Magnum, made by Ruger, but didn't want to spring for the much more expensive 77/22M.

The 96/22 Magnum is a simple gun that also operates as perfectly as the 96/22LR, and is a superb shooter. That's not enough. Gun buyers are a fickle bunch.

WAYNO.
 

Mobuck

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I've got a 96/22 with a spare Green Mtn 17 M2 barrel. Also have new one in 22 mag that I haven't tried out yet.
 

Smee781

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I had one but like a few others, did not like the throw of the lever, I love levers so that was not it, I just never warmed up to it and sold it a few years later. I now have a Winchester 9422 and love it.
 

danjoe2006

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hey guys, there's a 96/22 mag. on G.B. auction # is 175412370. been on there for several weeks, don't know why someone hasn't jumped on it. starting bid is $399.95. by the way, the Mod.96 was also made in .44mag.
 

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