SOLD FOR: $1098.33
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Serial Number: 640-18095
Year of Manufacture: 1999 (https://ruger.com/dataProcess/serialHistory/)
Caliber: .44 Magnum
Action Type: Box Magazine Fed Lever Action Rifle
Markings: The left of the receiver is marked “RUGER MODEL NINETY-SIX / 640-18095”. The top of the chamber sloping into the left side is marked with the “SR” proof and the left side is marked “44 REM MAG”. The top of the barrel is marked with Rugers two-line warning.
Barrel Length: 18 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade with a serrated rear face and is dovetailed into the barrel. The rear sight is a flip-up “U” notch fitting that is dovetailed into the barrel. The top of the receiver is cut for Ruger rings and comes with a pair.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece smooth wood with a pistol grip, straight comb, and a carbine style buttplate. There are some scattered light compressions and draglines, the highest concentration is on the right side of the forend. The heaviest compression is on the front of the pistol grip. The right side of the forend has a streak of finish loss just behind the barrel band. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures approximately 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered draglines with a cluster of impact marks on the heel. Overall, the stock is in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Case Hardened Lever
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The action shows minor operational wear. The barrel and receiver show light handling wear. The lever has some mottled discoloration and thinning. There are scratches on the lever. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp. Overall, this rifle is in Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A pair of rings and a 4-round magazine in Excellent condition are included.
Our Assessment: Here is another really sweet design from Ruger, the Model Ninety-Six chambered in .44 Magnum. It is a neat lever action that feeds from a detachable 4-round box magazine. The rifle takes styling cues from their legendary 10/22 and the 44 Carbine and has an 18 ½” barrel, blued finish, and a smooth wood stock. This one looks great with the majority of the wear being to the lever and wood but the bore is great and the lever is really smooth. This gun just screams fun and is something you don’t see all too often these days. These have been out of production for quite some time so now is the time to pick up a nice one like this! Please see our photos and good luck!