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Old December 29th, 2016, 02:35 PM   #1
 
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Ruger 96/44

Just got one and am wondering if I should try and float the barrel on this rifle. With only one screw I am not sure I should try this. I might be making the stock to weak at the screw point, have any of you who have one of these tried anything like this on yours?



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my 9644 was more than accurate enough for its intended purpose as a woods gun.
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my 9644 was more than accurate enough for its intended purpose as a woods gun.
Agreed same for me.
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Old December 29th, 2016, 07:06 PM   #4
 
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Yea, the more I look at this rifle the less I think I can do much with it. I just like to float the barrel for growth when it heats up but this was not designed for anything like that.
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I went ahead and put a .040" shim right in front of the action and removed the pressure point on the front of the stock and opened up the barrel band so it does not touch the barrel. The barrel was touching the stock in three places, so now it is only touching the stock the first 3 or 4 inches in front of the action. So now as the barrel grows it should grow the same each time. I hope. I am going to put a red dot scope on this and see how it works.
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Mine has served me well as is.

I am curious to see if your effort pays off.
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Old January 8th, 2017, 05:19 AM   #7
 
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Ok, I will get back but it all take a while. You'll keep sending your cold weather down here and slowing things down. It was 29 yesterday morning and 34 this morning. We don't get that kind of temps very often. I tried the rifle with a red dot scope but I could not tell what I was doing so I mounted a 4X12 on it and will try agin, as soon as it warms up, that should be next week.
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Yah, sorry about that. We have been in the single digits and below zero here. I can't keep the wood stove full enough.

I haven't been doing much shooting either, but it's a good time to reload for fairer weather.

I'll look forward to hearing about your results.

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I shot some 240 gr Remington bullets at 50 yds today and elevation was good but the spread was about 3 1/2 inches. I was using H 110, going to shoot some Noslers and try
H 110 and some IMR 4227. Got to go to Cabelas tomorrow to get the IMR 4227 as no one in town has any.
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Well the noslers shot well at 50 but not at 100, and IMR 4227 is a joke. It shot like I only had the primer in the shell. So now it is time to try Serria and Hornady's. They are on order.

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Range Report

Well I tried 240 Serria, 240 Hornady XTP, 225 Hornady FTX, 240 Nosler hp and sp
using Lil Gun, IMR 4227, H110. Out of those the Serria and XTP's shot the best. I shot three 1 1/2" groups with 240gr Hornady XTP's with 24gr of H110. So I will try and stay with the combination. My biggest problem is that this rifle jumps or kicks so much i have a hard time getting it not to throw a round 4 or 5 inches away from the group. How do some of out there hold this rifle to get the same results with each round?

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Although mine shoots cast bullets acceptably, I settled on the Hornady FTX as well. To me, it is a light handy rifle and is better served (for comfort) with the lighter bullets. A stout heavy cast or JSP is an attention getter.

It was my daughters go to rifle for deer for a while. It performs well with the FTX.

I don't recall noting that it jumped around, but with the light design and heavy .44s, I would imagine if you are shooting it sandbagged from a bench it would. I usually sight them in the way I plan to hunt. That doesn't happen from a bench.
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I use a rest to see which loads will group the best then sight it in for how I am going to use it in the field. Right now I have a 4X12 scope on it but will replace it with a red dot scope after i decide on which load combo I want to use. It look like Hornady 240 xtp with 24gr of h110. I plan on using this on hogs and am not sure how cast bullets would work on those animals.
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I have had a little luck with the Serria's and XTP's but would like to explore the FTX, could you give me your load for this bullet. I need some starting point.

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The Hornady factory loads will work just fine.

You can duplicate them with 20gr of W296 or H110.

That will get you around 1600 fps. Your results pending specific variables.

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