This rifle has a 23 inch tube that has a modified varmint taper, it is just a bit steeper than what one would call normal due to the short length. as you can see I set the taper up to match the bell of the scope. I have a desire to get tubbs speed lock and pin to try to shorten the lock time, and then I would like to add a modern bolt safety, but the gun is still out being run through its paces by a friend.
Check out this early 6.5-55 you may like it better.
It shot to .5 but I had a client that just had to have it. It should be shooting Quantico now but I do not know for shure.
I loved that little 96.