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Old 04-23-2019, 10:58 PM
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IMHO the most under rated rifle Ruger ever made.



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The 92/22 I bought this one brand new in 1997 the smith at the shop threaded it for me while I went to lunch and she has been a great host ever since. The old girl is 21 and has been heavily used over the years. But still can pick a tree rat off the branch at 50 yards..



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Old 04-23-2019, 11:42 PM
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I remember checking one out at a lgs a few decades ago. It reminded me of the old Marlin Levermatic that I owned. Glad that you have enjoyed yours all these years!
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Old 04-24-2019, 06:42 AM
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wish Ruger would put this rifle back in production and offer a takedown version like the 10/22.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:02 AM
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I never saw one. Interesting. Not for me, but; I appreciate the post.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:20 AM
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I think it would be a home run if offered these days with the aftermarket support the 10/22 and 77/22 have...

For example - many of them were stuffed into a closet or jettisoned because they didn't shoot well... But that was the 1980's and aftermarket barrels weren't available and CPC wasn't in the mainstream.....

Imagine a little lever action 22 with a custom match barrel.. Mmmmmmm
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Old 04-27-2019, 08:50 PM
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Had my 96/22LR out today. Finally calm enough to reach out a little further with it. Was able to hit a 3" gong at 150 yards 7 out of 10 times. If you are fast enough with the lever, you can have the next round loaded and fired before hearing the last bullet hit the target at 150 yards.
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Old 04-27-2019, 10:23 PM
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I have one in 22 and 22wmr . Bought them both used, they are hard to find .
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Old 04-27-2019, 10:49 PM
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Nice rifle. I think those were originally made for a gun ban that never happened.
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Old 04-27-2019, 11:51 PM
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That is a great question.
I own many Ruger firearms and Iím trying to think of something they make that is so extraordinary most people donít realize it.

When I stop to think about it, Rugerís claim to fame is making decent quality firearms at reasonable prices. I think most folks would agree.

To me, their biggest, obvious success is the 10/22 rotary magazine. They didnít invent a rotary magazine but they made a great 22 lr rotary magazine. The Ruger rotary 10/22 magazine is the heart of that rifle. There is nothing extraordinary about a 10/22 outside the magazine.

For every good Ruger firearm, I can think of other brands that make a similar firearm with higher quality, but they all cost more. The 10/22 is the one that screams out with itís unique magazine design that makes it the ultimate semi auto 22 rifle for upgrading. Without that magazine, I doubt it would be anywhere near as popular as it is. The 10/22 may not be underrated, but the value and impact of the magazine design certainly is.
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Old 04-28-2019, 09:38 AM
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I have not seen that rifle, BUT if I did I would have to have it. I love lever action rifles, of all kinds, and really prefer the older ones. I have a couple of different Winchester 22 lever rifles, neither of which is longer made. I also have a 1968 Westpoint in 30-30, which was made by Winchester and branded for a hardware store in Chicago. I have the obligatory 45lc, and have my eye out for the right 44mag lever rifle. BUT, my real passion is 22s. I can't seem to get enough of them.
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Only two 96 series Rugers but two very good ones...





A 96/22 converted to .17m2





and a 96/44...

I agree that they should have never been discontinued.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:23 AM
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The 96 series was discontinued just about the time I was old enough to start getting into guns and boy I wish I had gotten one then. By the time I really realized they had been discontinued the prices had gone through the roof. Maybe one of these days I'll come across one at a good price. In the meantime I'll continue enjoying looking at all of the ones you fellas have.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:13 PM
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Bought a couple of them for my sons when they came of age. They never used them much since they were enamored with my 10/22s which were more fun to shoot. I ended up selling them and buying 10/22s for the boys. I wish now I'd kept one.
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