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    Nah, you aren't missing much. Original topic was about the Ruger 96 which was their lever action version of a 10-22. Then we kind of digressed into mini-reviews of the 10-22 itself. But the 96 never came close to it's brother in popularity, although sharing a common magazine did benefit the 96.

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    I bought a Ruger 96 right afte they came out. Basically, a lever-operated 10/22. While I've owned severl 10/22's for many years, I thought the 96 would be great. Don't know exactly what it was about that rifle, but I absolutely did not like it one bit. I shot it some, but it was never comfortable for me. I just couldn't put my finger on what turned me off to it. There wasn't anything mechanically wrong with it, as I recall no problems with feeding or poor accuracy. For some reason it just didn't work for me. Ended up selling it.

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    These 96/22's have gotten pricey lately. Hard to find them and when found they go for around $600 from what I've seen.

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    I have a 1/2 dozen custom SA 1022.And I have 1/2 dozen lever action 39A.All shoot at least 1/2” five shot groups or better @50 yrds.Never felt the need for a lever action 1022.
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    I've never owned one, but I really like the 96's. They remind me of a Marlin Levermatic with Ruger's great rotary magazine.
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    I had 2 of the 22s and one 44mag. All taken on trade, used. The 22s operated slick and shot well. The 44mg also. I had them and
    traded them off before they became big money. One of Bill Rugers early projects was to convert a Savage 99 to a semi auto. This
    type of thing has been done by Win, Rem and Brn too. Some models with same basic running gears were sold as levers, pumps and
    semi autos. Henry is doing it know with their 22 lever & 22 pump. When their gun was being produced originally by Erma in Germany
    they did same thing.
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    One just sold on Gunbroker for $1136.00. It was a NIB .22 mag 96/22.

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    Duplicate post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 48vintage View Post
    I like my little ruger 10/22 . . .
    Sweet looking little 10/22 rifle.
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    Team .22 Mag # 175, Team Wheelguns # 109, Team Semi Auto.# 73,Team 60 # 477
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    The funny thing is, the biggest plus for the 10/22 (other than the fact that it works, of course) is cheap mags.

    I just bought a Mossberg 702, not because I needed it or thought that it was anything special, but because my local Walmart had one stuck in the back that had been marked down to $30. Yes, $30.

    Then I ordered a 25 round mag for it, and the mag cost as much as I paid for the gun.

    Gotta love the cheap 25 round Steel Lips and the loader you can get to load them. Makes the 10/22 a must-have.

    For a lever, I'll stick with a 39A. The 10/22 line are more toys. The 39A is a real gun.


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