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Ruger 96-44Magnum

#1 Post by Ray Newman » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:19 pm

Colleagues: anyone here with any experience with the Ruger 96-44 Magnum lever?

I know of one that might come up for sale in the near future.
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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#2 Post by Panzercat » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:16 pm

Do want.
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#3 Post by AJMD429 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:27 pm

One of my favorites.

Not 'traditional', but neither were Savage 99's, Winchester 88's, or Marlin 62's.

Slick action, short lever-throw, and the 4-shot box magazine is PLENTY for hunting, plus makes loading and unloading in a deerstand or if crossing a road very easy and fast, even with winter gloves on.

Easy to scope, great for a red-dot or holographic sight, and I believe the NECG 'Ruger Rings' aperture sight mounts on it, or you can get a Williams aperture for it. The regular 'irons' aren't bad - same front bead as a Marlin, and a better tear (obstructs less view).

The 20:1 twist is nice too, in that it should stabilize heavier bullets than competitors; I've shot 180, 200, 240, 265, and 300 grain factory loads without any issues. Mine is easy to hit the 4" gong with at 100 yards with 9x scope and rest, so plenty good for hunting. I usually just load 240 grain JSPs.

Also if I get in heavy rain or snow gets all over it, I don't have to undo a bunch of screws and take it all apart so I can get the fr%&$k@! forend off the magazine tube so it doesn't rust; the one-piece stock comes off like a Ruger 10/22.

I wish they made 'em in 45 Colt, 480 Ruger, and/or 32-20.... :|
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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#4 Post by 3leggedturtle » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:21 am

Every time I see topic about 96’s or lights on lever’s, I think of WKRP in Cincinnati when when Dr. Johnny fever flips the switch and says: The Dr. is in and I have your CURE! Todd/3leg
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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#5 Post by harry » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:23 am

20-1 now that's a fast twist
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#6 Post by gamekeeper » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:26 am

I always wanted Ruger to make a 96 in .22 Hornet.
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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#7 Post by Ray » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:15 am

To me this would be the perfect levergun with the addition of checkering, sturdier sights, tang safety, and something different than the 10-22/ No. 3 buttplate and barrel band.....a n d a $400 price tag !
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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#8 Post by t.r. » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:49 am

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I've hunted with my Ruger 96 since I bought it in 1998. It shoots all weights of bullets quite well. This group was shot at 100 yards featuring Hornady ammo. But my favorite load for heavy cover is shooting the Speer 270 grain bullet. This particular load produced quite awful groups in my former Marlin 1894 model which is why I sold it.

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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#9 Post by Sixgun » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:35 pm

When they first came out I was going to buy one and I needed to make sure it would handle the Keith swc of which I'm fond of. I could be wrong but....if my memory serves me, the rotary mag was too short to contain the longer than normal ocl of the cast bullet if crimped in the proper spot. That was back in the nineties ? ----6
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#10 Post by Pete44ru » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:37 pm

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The single thing that I didn't care for (also a gripe about my Mini-14 based 99/44 Deerfield autoloader) was the lack of a nice Walnut stock from the factory.

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#11 Post by AJMD429 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:53 pm

It's also nice to have a 96/22 in 22 LR (or 22 WMR or 17 HMR) as a companion/kid/training piece, since the heft and controls are the same.

Same with the Ruger bolt-actions - I treasure my 77/22 'all-weather' and its big-brother in 44 Mag.

All three formats of the rimfires swap magazines (even the 'drum' in the levergun :mrgreen: ), but unfortunately the 77/44 and 96/44 won't interchange magazines... :(
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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#12 Post by BlaineG » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:41 pm

Well, Ray...I'm not entirely sure because I've never shot one. When you get yours just drop it off for a couple years and I'll write up a good review for you. :wink:
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#13 Post by Ray Newman » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:12 pm

Yesterday, I called the seller about when it might be available. Right off the bat, I was told that it is a "very rare gun", hard to find, unique, etc., so no bargain or fire sale price.

He wants at least US $950.00 (not including his FFL fee and shipping) for it because it is so "rare" and unusual. So -- according to him -- probably around US $1050 - 1075 should cover everything.

As for description, rifle is at least 90% but with "minor dings and scratches" -- his words -- on the metal and the wood and "slight" rust on the barrel, but that would buff right out. Also includes "custom made" leather sling and swivels.

And of course, it was described as a "tack driver".

I replied that I was not interested at that price and good luck finding a buyer....
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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#14 Post by BlaineG » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:53 pm

Ray Newman wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:12 pm
Yesterday, I called the seller about when it might be available. Right off the bat, I was told that it is a "very rare gun", hard to find, unique, etc., so no bargain or fire sale price.

He wants at least US $950.00 (not including his FFL fee and shipping) for it because it is so "rare" and unusual. So -- according to him -- probably around US $1050 - 1075 should cover everything.

As for description, rifle is at least 90% but with "minor dings and scratches" -- his words -- on the metal and the wood and "slight" rust on the barrel, but that would buff right out. Also includes "custom made" leather sling and swivels.

And of course, it was described as a "tack driver".

I replied that I was not interested at that price and good luck finding a buyer....
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#15 Post by AJMD429 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:52 pm

Yep. Mine's nice, and one of my favorites, but more 'hunting-accurate' than tack-driver, and not all that rare yet.
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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#16 Post by piller » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:40 pm

I have been looking for one for a while, but the sellers who think that prices over $1,000 are going to happen are the reason I have not bought one yet. I hardly ever get to a gun show anymore, so I don't know if there have been any reasonably priced ones around. I may just pass on ever having one if those sellers don't come down a bit in price.
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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#17 Post by mickbr » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:42 am

I heard good things, was looking at one myself but prefer longer barrels on my guns. I did own a 99/22 WMR which was a good gun and very accurate for the type, rivalled some of my bolt actions.

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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#18 Post by GunnyMack » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:52 pm

There was a time when I contemplated collecting 1 of each Ruger lever and semi. Then I thought about doing the 77/22 platform as well, needless to say I never did get too far, just a 10/22, 10/22mag and a 1968 vintage 44 carbine and a standard 77/22. Haven't even seen a 96 of any flavor on the racks!

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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#19 Post by AJMD429 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:58 pm

mickbr wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:42 am
I heard good things, was looking at one myself but prefer longer barrels on my guns. I did own a 99/22 WMR which was a good gun and very accurate for the type, rivalled some of my bolt actions.
The bolt action 77/44 is a nice gun, and more available than the 96's.....don't know the price, but they quit making them recently as well, so it may go up rather than down for awhile. They also made them in 357 Mag.
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#20 Post by mickbr » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:17 pm

and whoops sorry meant 96/22 WMR not 99

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Re: Ruger 96-44Magnum

#21 Post by BlaineG » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:47 pm

AJMD429 wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:58 pm
mickbr wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:42 am
I heard good things, was looking at one myself but prefer longer barrels on my guns. I did own a 99/22 WMR which was a good gun and very accurate for the type, rivalled some of my bolt actions.
The bolt action 77/44 is a nice gun, and more available than the 96's.....don't know the price, but they quit making them recently as well, so it may go up rather than down for awhile. They also made them in 357 Mag.
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