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Old 03-04-2020, 11:29 PM
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new acquisition, Ruger 96/22



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Took a year or so to find one. A few hunting dings on it but generally very good condition. Now to get some more magazines and a basic scope

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Old 03-05-2020, 05:52 AM
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Where did you find it?
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Old 03-05-2020, 05:44 PM
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Im In Australia. I did a ring around the larger stores on the rare chance they had one and got lucky with Adelaide firearms, the biggest store in South Australia. We see maybe only 2-3 of these come up on gun classifieds here per year and they are bought quickly.

Price was not too bad for here, $ 995 (about $650USD). These can go for as much as $1500 AUD($1000 US) here these days in 22LR. The 22WMR versions tend to be easier to find and less expensive.
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Old 03-05-2020, 06:27 PM
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I've had one in .22wmr with the late crinkle finish, just couldn't handle that, picked up a 96/22lr that my old hunting partner had converted to .17m2, its a delight and I glommed on to a 96/44 a couple of years ago. All in all they're good shooters.



Poor photo of the 96/17m2, it's very accurate.



The 96/22 on setroids....
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Old 03-05-2020, 06:28 PM
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Thats very nice. I wish I picked one up when they were 189.00 new.
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Old 03-06-2020, 02:45 AM
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Magazines

Nice rifle.

The magazines for the 96/22LR are a little different than the ones for the 10/22. They have a flat bottom versus the rounded bottom. Either will work with the rifle. The flat bottom just matches the gun better.
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Not sure if ruger ever will, but these would be neat to see reintroduced. Slick little rifles with some slight trigger work. Had a 22wmr that also had a 17 hmr barrel. Only rifle that went down the line that I miss.
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Old 03-06-2020, 05:35 AM
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Not sure if ruger ever will, but these would be neat to see reintroduced.
Well that would put a damper in my retirement plan.

I have three 22LR, one 22 mag, and one 17 hmr.
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Old 03-07-2020, 10:55 PM
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I concur with the above comments, neat little rifles and pity Ruger closed down production. Now after a 22WMR to pair it with, they are a lot more common here than the 22LR.

Got a new Lucky-13 25 shot mag, aussie company which is unfortunately closing down shop and these are hard to find. Marketed as for the Ruger 77/22 and seem to work fine in 96/22, but apparently not in 10/22. Not sure how that all works but its what the company says.



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Old 03-07-2020, 11:01 PM
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I've had one in .22wmr with the late crinkle finish, just couldn't handle that, picked up a 96/22lr that my old hunting partner had converted to .17m2, its a delight and I glommed on to a 96/44 a couple of years ago. All in all they're good shooters.



Poor photo of the 96/17m2, it's very accurate.



The 96/22 on setroids....

Nice pics GMD1950

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Old 03-07-2020, 11:07 PM
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Nice rifle.

The magazines for the 96/22LR are a little different than the ones for the 10/22. They have a flat bottom versus the rounded bottom. Either will work with the rifle. The flat bottom just matches the gun better.
Ok thanks the gun came with a rounded bottom mag which I assume is the Bx-1 meant for the 10/22?. I notice it works but is a little finicky to get it out.

Wonder if it will run with those tr-mag triple adaptor alangator setups? I think they use the Bx-1
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Old 03-08-2020, 04:11 AM
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By the way fellas for those of you with more experience than me in Ruger. What effect would a petition regarding reintroducing the ruger 96 have on a company that size? I know it can work for small or custom businesses. Absolutely no hope on an entity the size of ruger? As importantly, are they that popular, or is it only a few oddity collectors like us who really care?
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Old 03-08-2020, 06:49 AM
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I don't think that Ruger has any interest in reintroducing the 96 series. They didn't sell that many the first time around. They are an item of interest for a few of us, not the majority.
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Ok thanks the gun came with a rounded bottom mag which I assume is the Bx-1 meant for the 10/22?. I notice it works but is a little finicky to get it out.

Wonder if it will run with those tr-mag triple adaptor alangator setups? I think they use the Bx-1
The BX-1 should work, but the JX-1 has the flat bottom and may fit better. It is the same magazine used for the 77/22, if that is of any help.
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