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This is a discussion on Interchangeability Of 96/22 And 77/22 Barrels within the Ruger Lever-Action forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; Soooo, having acquired a 96/22, I'd like a shorter barrel but *don't* want to alter the original. As I understand it, the 77/22 barrels are ...


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Old July 14th, 2016, 10:54 AM   #1
 
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Interchangeability Of 96/22 And 77/22 Barrels

Soooo, having acquired a 96/22, I'd like a shorter barrel but *don't* want to alter the original. As I understand it, the 77/22 barrels are the same as the 96/22 barrels. I *may* be able to get hold of a 77/22 barrel and have it fettled until I'm happy. (That is, shortened and threaded for a moderator.)

Therefore, my question is: can anyone tell me - for *certain* - whether a 77/22 barrel will fit straight onto a 96/22 rifle?

Thanks.

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Mark.

P.S. I emailed Ruger. They weren't helpful, merely telling me "the barrels are no longer available for this model ( we no longer have any parts or provide service for this
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96/22 vs. 77/22 Barrels

I had similar interests, and learned (actually without TOO much pain...) that:
  • There's a BIG difference between early 77/22's and later models.
  • Neither version fits a 96/22.
  • With just a little work, it can be made to happen.

The throat on the barrel is too long on the model 77 barrels. Additionally, the notch for the V-Block is in the wrong spot.

So....

I and a friend spent about an hour in the machine shop. Created a .03" (30-thousandths) bushing to seat the barrel correctly. We then made a similarly-sized shim to go in the V-block.

Voila! A Tactical Solutions SB-X barrel for a 77/22 fitting nicely on a 96/22. The result is a REALLY nimble and quiet rifle that wreaks havoc on rabbits and squirrels. If you look at the picture, you can see the silver bushing at the base of the barrel.

So the full answer is no, the 77 barrel doesn't fit the 96. But yes, it's easy to fix that.

Enjoy!
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So the full answer is no, the 77 barrel doesn't fit the 96. But yes, it's easy to fix that.
Thanks *very* much for your reply. I figured that I can't have been the *only* person to have wanted to do this.

It's a shame that the answer is "yes, with a bit of fettling" but it's better than "certainly not".

It's a great shame that more parts for these rifles aren't available.

OK, if'n you don't mind, one more question: do you know of anywhere that gives instructions for dismantling, fettling, and re-assembling of the trigger pack on a 96/22? I like the gun, but that trigger...

Thanks, again.

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Barrel Options for the 96/22

Mark,

I haven't yet found anyone nearby me who can do justice to the trigger, but I'm still looking! Should you find a good source, please pass it on.

Another note on the barrel, though...

My effort was to use that specific barrel. The "adjustment" necessary is actually MUCH easier if you start with a 10/22 barrel - the only mod necessary is cutting the 2nd extractor notch, and that is a 5-minute job with a file. And there are a LOT of sources for barrels of every variety for 10/22's....

You may also want to look at this as an option. This is my current project (I found another 96...):

Rimfire, Integral Suppressors | Suppressed Weapon Systems

Their integrally-suppressed barrel looks like too much fun not to try. This project will use that barrel and a modified 10/22 stock, because I, too, insist on keeping all of the original parts. I want to keep the option of putting it back to original.

Enjoy!

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Mark,I haven't yet found anyone nearby me who can do justice to the trigger, but I'm still looking!
I'd be quite happy to have a go myself *if* I can find a tutorial written by someone who has already done it.

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Should you find a good source, please pass it on.
Um, anyone who can do a good job is likely to be a bit far for *you*...

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The "adjustment" necessary is actually MUCH easier if you start with a 10/22 barrel - the only mod necessary is cutting the 2nd extractor notch, and that is a 5-minute job with a file. And there are a LOT of sources for barrels of every variety for 10/22's...
That was my *first* thought. However, the shootin' range where I'm likely to use the 96/22 most has a resident gunsmith - the owner, in fact - and he didn't seem too keen to have a go at that. It has to be said, however, that he deals mainly with shotguns and rifles in current production. (And I'm "known" for buying ... "strange" guns. Or at least, stuff which other people have not seen before.)

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You may also want to look at this as an option.
Well, ya see, that's *another* problem - on *this* side o'The Pond, it's not just a case of buyin' wot yer fancies; you have to have a free "slot" (permission to acquire), first.

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This is my current project (I found another 96...):

Rimfire, Integral Suppressors | Suppressed Weapon Systems

Their integrally-suppressed barrel looks like too much fun not to try.
Funnily enough, moderators are something that's not too difficult to acquire, here. In fact, that was part of the reason that I wanted a shorter barrel for m'96/22.

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This project will use that barrel and a modified 10/22 stock, because I, too, insist on keeping all of the original parts. I want to keep the option of putting it back to original.
Yeah, it seemed a good idea to me. Also, my '96 appears - according to the on-line serial number lists - to be first year of production.

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Enjoy!
I certainly intend to.

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