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Old 03-23-2008, 08:08   #51
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I am sure you will be happy with it.I bought mine a few years ago when Sarah Brady and Janet Reno were on a rampage. They were hard to get and there was a waiting list for the mini 14s'. I paid $700 for it and was glad to get it. Several guys were trying to buy it from me as I was leaving the gun show. Enjoy and be safe.
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Thanks Tinstar! I can't wait to take delivery later this week. Plan to field strip, clean, and completely familiarize myself with the the action and other features of the 30 before heading to the range as soon as I can!
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Great site here. Looking forward to raising my overall Mini-14 I.Q. with the
help of your well-informed forum members.
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Old 04-01-2008, 19:50   #54
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Originally Posted by Roger The Rocket Ship View Post
Great site here. Looking forward to raising my overall Mini-14 I.Q. with the
help of your well-informed forum members.
Welcome aboard Roger. If you are interested in the Mini-14 you have definately come to the right place.
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:48   #55
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Finished..

..for now. I've been building a mini-30 for a few months and getting ideas from these threads. Thank you all for the great info. I'll try to post a pic in the gallery soon. GJ30
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Great forum!
I had a Mini14 about 25 yrs ago and had a ball with it. Then minimized my arsenal while raising kids. Been meaning to get back to one then suddenly realized that the libs may well have all three houses next year and start violating our 2nd rights again, recent Supreme Court indications notwithstanding.
So I picked up an all-weather last week. Been poring through your site ever since, studying up. Looks like I did well to wait, the 580 seems to have made some big steps toward OOtB accurizing. We'll see.
First range visit will be Friday. Although it's not my nature to delay gratification I've decided to go through a fairly tedious break-in, since I only get one chance I'll spend a day on it.
My plan is 10 shots bore snaking with solvent between each, then ten doubles same. Then ten fives same. Then a couple of 20s same. Then start zeroing. After that I'm thinking another 200 or so snaking after each 50. If I'm getting pretty good groups at 100yds then I'll buy a scope. At the moment I'm thinking Leupold 3X9X40. Or??
If I'm not getting down towards 3" @ 100yds at that point I'll start reviewing the Accurizing threads.
I know a lot of you think break-in is a waste of time, but those of you who don't: Should this do it or be even more OC?
Any recommendations on the best locally available copper solvent? I need to get something tomorrow, I'll see what the gun stores and WallyWorld have. Normally I just use a CLR.
I've got 60rds of Am Eagle XM193C 55g FMJ and 50 of Magspec 55g FMC. Is that appropriate for this process or should I pick up something at Wally's, Silvertips or Corelokt. Or what?

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Hello gentlemen,

I finally found a site with a ton of great info on the MINI !!!! WOW
THANK YOU goes out to all

I acquired a 196 SS series from my local gun shop. This was brought to them by a wife who got it in a divorce settlement and had it on consignment, the ex wife told the shop owner he might have shot it 100 times. It is perfect condition with not a mar on the stock. It came with the stock 5 round mag. & a chrome 30rd and 40rd mag.

Looking forward to reading more here. I am also thinking about upgrading the stock to the Tapco T6, just not sure which color with the SS. I'll have to search the gallery's to see which one I like.
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Originally Posted by res2cue View Post
Hello gentlemen,

I finally found a site with a ton of great info on the MINI !!!! WOW
THANK YOU goes out to all

I acquired a 196 SS series from my local gun shop. This was brought to them by a wife who got it in a divorce settlement and had it on consignment, the ex wife told the shop owner he might have shot it 100 times. It is perfect condition with not a mar on the stock. It came with the stock 5 round mag. & a chrome 30rd and 40rd mag.

Looking forward to reading more here. I am also thinking about upgrading the stock to the Tapco T6, just not sure which color with the SS. I'll have to search the gallery's to see which one I like.
Welcome aboard. I think you will like it here.

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Over 25 years ago, I bought my father a Mini-14 as a gift, for home defense. He was a Battle of the Bulge vet from WWII, and loved the little carbine. When he got too old to shoot (and after a second massive heart attack), I was at sea in the Arctic Ocean, surveying for an oil company and he sold it. Aside from teaching me to fish, he never tired of taking me shooting on any excuse, and the Mini-14 was always first to the line to shoot.

I'm at about the half-way point now, and don't get out much thanks to an industrial accident some years ago, so I volunteer with our local ambulance service here in the mountains, roast our own coffee, fish as often as I can, and try and keep basic skills with a few .45's

I'm going to be the proud owner of a previously owned series 185 pretty soon, and I'm really looking forward to it! It's long overdue.

Finding this forum of Mini-14 owners is a real pleasure, and I'll be doing a lot of reading to catch up as best as I can. Glad to be here!

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Welcome to the board Trisha! Don't be afraid to ask questions, somebody usually will give a response with good info.
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Many thanks! I see that Mabes has the same series Mini-14 as I'm anticipating! (Yep, been reading - sometimes my head just gets busy and I burn the midnight oil)

A question: Does Ruger rebuild used rifles, or do they just repair specifically on an as-ordered basis? I got to wondering, as the 180 series is out of production (parts), and thought it might be worthwhile to have them replace as necessary the specifics that are "factory-only" installed.

I've been shooting 1911's, and other .45acp platforms for a few decades and reloading all the time - Black Hills case price on 69gr moly takes my breath away and leaves me with a little sinking feeling! Black Hills Gold! My single stage (Forster) will be my friend, I see!

I usually run the Dillon for defensive drill reloads for range use (FMJ ball and old brass), and then mint a couple boxes of match quality with fresh Starline and Gold Dot (Summer) or XTP (Winter) for carry.

Moly in the Mini-14 seems like the way to go (anything worth doing is worth doing the best you can, IMHO), and I see there's reloading enthusiasts here who could easily answer any questions I might have down the road.

This should be fun!
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You would have to ask Ruger on a retro fit of the 180 model, they will work on just about any product of theirs. I think in the mini 14/30 links you will find the phone # to customer service of Ruger. Some here have gone alot from Ruger c/s and others have not done so well in dealing with c/s.

Handloading is the only way to go for shooting alot of any caliber anymore.
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Hi everyone...this is the 1st. site I have joined, so I hope this post gos out right....I just purchased Mini 14 and plan on placeing many posts...take care for now talk soon.
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A question: Does Ruger rebuild used rifles, or do they just repair specifically on an as-ordered basis? I got to wondering, as the 180 series is out of production (parts), and thought it might be worthwhile to have them replace as necessary the specifics that are "factory-only" installed.
Yes, Ruger will do a total rebuild if you want it. They will go through your rifle and replace/refinish everything until it is "factory new" for all practical purposes. You just have to tell them that is what you eant them to do.
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Hi everyone...this is the 1st. site I have joined, so I hope this post gos out right....I just purchased Mini 14 and plan on placeing many posts...take care for now talk soon.
They are one of the funnest guns to shoot!
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They are one of the funnest guns to shoot!
I agree!! Mine is more funner than any one I own!!
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Mini-14

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Currently live in FL, but after going back and forth between East TN and Florida for three years we have decided to sell the place on the West coast of FL and set up household in TN. That's the short version.

I have a few long guns a number of handguns and have been muddling over an AR or Mini-14. We have one AR (Bushmaster) in the family so the Mini made some sense. I have been ambivalent over them until recently when this version got my attention.



NRA Edition with 16 1/8 barrel, Hogue ware, and scope rings.

Came with 2 20 round mags and I ordered two 5 rounders from CTD.

I purchased it through Bud's and it should arrive at my transfer location tomorrow.

Since we are moving soon, I won't have a chance to shoot it for a number of weeks.

In the interim I'll be content to get some pics and share them. Glad I found this board while at the Ruger site lurking about.

Looking forward to your sage counsel. In the meantime I won't ask questions until I use the "search" function first.
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Aw heck DAdams, ask away! I enjoy the questions, even if they've been asked before. It always seems like something new comes up in the answers so we all wind up learning something new from all the input. Really glad to have you with us. Warlord.
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We love to answer questions and share knowledge we have aquired! The mini's are alot of fun to shoot, I have shot several AR's of friends and family but they never grabbed me for the fun factor like the mini has. I've been on alot of hunting trips with my mini and have a big sentimental attachment. I have 3 semi auto pistols, a couple of shotguns and several rifles but the mini is the 1st gun I grab to go shooting with and releave some stress.
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Thanks for the Warm Welcome

Aw heck DAdams, ask away! I enjoy the questions, even if they've been asked before.
Ok, you talked me into it.

What are the likliest rounds I should test that will provide the best results for:

A) 100 yard tightest groups, assuming I do my job.

B) Best for "social" work ie home protection.
This one I'll take your word for, hope I never have to put it to the test.

C) Plinking under 50 yards. Good clean inexpensive stuff.

Someone on the site recommended a 1" or 1.25 inch sling, simple easy to adjust it was nylon web and there was general agreement that it got the job done for carry and adjustable for shooting?? Supposedly Midway had the best price but black was out of stock.

I also read that for breakin approximately 100 rounds. Shoot a round, clean, shoot two clean, shoot three etc. Is this good counsel??

Scope recommendations? I think it is best served with the open sights but who knows, since it came with rings I may get a wild hair.
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Great Site !!!!!

What a great site !
I have been lurking here for a week or so while looking for a Mini 14. Just had to find the right one. Went to a couple of gun shows and found that I could buy a new one at Academy for about the same price
I found just what i was looking for today at a local gun shop and carried it home. I tore it down tonight and cleaned and lightly lubed it; may will get a chance to shoot it tomorrow. It's a stainless with the wood stock #580 - 56 ... I am glad to see that it has the larger diameter barrel and a few other improvements.
I have read that "hanging some iron" on the end of the barrel will improve accuracy. Does this apply to the newer barrels as well ???
I am also thinking about some sort of red dot scope with the adjustable dot. I am not sure if one is made to work with the Ruger mounts that come on the gun.
There's lots of good reading here - keep the info going - I think that I am going to enjoy this new gun.
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Originally Posted by DAdams View Post
Ok, you talked me into it.

What are the likliest rounds I should test that will provide the best results for:

A) 100 yard tightest groups, assuming I do my job.

B) Best for "social" work ie home protection.
This one I'll take your word for, hope I never have to put it to the test.

C) Plinking under 50 yards. Good clean inexpensive stuff.

Someone on the site recommended a 1" or 1.25 inch sling, simple easy to adjust it was nylon web and there was general agreement that it got the job done for carry and adjustable for shooting?? Supposedly Midway had the best price but black was out of stock.

I also read that for breakin approximately 100 rounds. Shoot a round, clean, shoot two clean, shoot three etc. Is this good counsel??

Scope recommendations? I think it is best served with the open sights but who knows, since it came with rings I may get a wild hair.
For line "A" a good starting point would be the 52 or 53gr "match" ammo. I was looking at some the other night on MidwayUSA but I don't remember the price.
Line "B" for me is 55gr PSP from Remington. I also use this for plinking and it works pretty consistantly for me @ 100yds.
Line "C" I have a pretty good stash of wolf ammo I use for 50 & 100 yd targets. This stuff ain't as accurate as my other BUT I can keep it within about 3 or 4 inches @ 100yds.
My favorite sling is the Supersling 2+. It can be lengthened or shortened with just one hand and you can find it at WalMart.
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DAdams eh?
Fancy meeting you here, I just left your clubhouse talking Smith 642's.
You having decided to go Ruger further convinces me I made the right choice.
I'll be interested to see your reactions. I love these things. Somehow the civvie M16s just don't seem right for toting around town. And I love the near-foolproof action.
Welcome to mini-land.
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Thanks. I picked up some of the Remington HP the other day and some Hornady from CTD. I have it all packed away as we are in the throes of moving. I spend considerable time in the Atlanta area and I think I will stop by pick up and try some Georgia Arms roundage.
Riddle me this? Why does the Mini come with a sling ring forward but not one aft?
What should I use for the rear point?

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Hey there.
Yes, you will find as you travel the firearms forums many of us travel about, if you keep the same screen name it helps in the recognition side of things.
I frequent, THR the most, S&W, Firing Line, Seecamp, BERSA, Glock for the Kahr Club, occassionaly.
This is the best Mini site so far. In addition to the Mini-14 NRA, I picked up a synthetic stock 10/22. Good week for Ruger.
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hello...for this being my first post I just thought i'd like to introduce myself...I am a proud owner of a SS mini-14...185 series...I've had it for over 10+ years and still counting...I look forward into contributing my thoughts and knowledge to this forum...be on the lookout for my postings in the mini 14 & 10/22 galleries
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