Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 family of rifles

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Old 05-29-2009, 13:34   #1
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Stainless vs Blued

Besides the overall look, is it worth the extra money to get a Stainless tactical vs a blued tactical Mini-14.

Are there any disavantages to having a stainless mini-14?
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I love my stainless 580, I traded the black stock for some nice wood.
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Avoid the stress of this choice & get yourself one of each...
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Avoid the stress of this choice & get yourself one of each...
Thats exactly what I did, now, no more stress.
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There are some people here who strip and clean their mini every 100 rds. For them and most others it's only aesthetics that differ.

I spend upwards of a month at a times backpacking or canoeing. A stainless weapon is 100% easier to keep rust free than a blued weapon. Both require care but I've found I can ignore my stainless mini and after a week of rain just wipe it off. I refinished the wood stock so I don't worry about warpage either.
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I LOVE the look of Stainless/Wood!! I bought a blue/wood & it is great. I couldn't find a stainless unless I went with composite. I have a great looking/shooting little gun, but when I look at the stainless/wood models, I get all weak in the knees & start trembling! I think they make medication & support groups for this. HELP!!
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Originally Posted by usmcronin View Post
There are some people here who strip and clean their mini every 100 rds. For them and most others it's only aesthetics that differ.

I spend upwards of a month at a times backpacking or canoeing. A stainless weapon is 100% easier to keep rust free than a blued weapon. Both require care but I've found I can ignore my stainless mini and after a week of rain just wipe it off. I refinished the wood stock so I don't worry about warpage either.
ditto, I can't count the bad weather I've been in with my M30 s/s.
I've heard from some familiar with both s/s and blued that the blued 'shoots better'
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I like the all weather ss but if you like the tactical black out look then the blue model will work. Depends on your appication, I like to hunt and don't care what the weather is doing. I have seen someone take a ss and completely polish it to a shine, very cool to look, mini bling if you will, I may buy one just to do that too!
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My mini is an old 187 series. Blued. The thing I see about them is the gas system. I clean mine after shooting, but I have still gotten corrosion between the gas tube and op rod in the gas piston. I recently replaced the blued gas tube with a stainless gas tube to try to prevent this corrosion.
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Originally Posted by Mikeyboy View Post
Besides the overall look, is it worth the extra money to get a Stainless tactical vs a blued tactical Mini-14.

Are there any disavantages to having a stainless mini-14?
Yes it's worth the extra cost.
Only disadvantage is concealment because it is kind of SHINY.
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AFAIK the short barrel "tactical" model is not available in SS.

I could be wrong tho'.

I'm thinking of doing some kind of polish or bead blasting to mine that would give the SS a more shiny silver finish to better match the scope I have mounted on it.

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Originally Posted by Marlin 45 carbine View Post
I've heard from some familiar with both s/s and blued that the blued 'shoots better'

Every Mini shoots differently. Two guns from same production run may be more accurate with different ammo or so I am told.

I don't believe the finish has anything to do with it myself.
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the matte stainless "shines" less then the blueing on most weapons.
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"matte" SS is not shiny at all. My M1A's SS barrel is VERY shiny....not too tactical!
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The SS in Mini actually looks like "as forged" to me.... it is definitely NOT shiny .. in fact, more like "dull".
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Originally Posted by Rotten View Post
AFAIK the short barrel "tactical" model is not available in SS.

I could be wrong tho'.

I'm thinking of doing some kind of polish or bead blasting to mine that would give the SS a more shiny silver finish to better match the scope I have mounted on it.
SS tactical does exist but not as easy to find.

http://www.impactguns.com/store/5829.html

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Mine is a stainless/wood stock 580. 2006 vintage.

Gundoc got ahold of it in early '07 and now the whole stick is matte black guncote. Stock, barrel, action, smith brake, amega scout mount, whole enchilada.
Best of both worlds to me, shameful behavior to others. YMMV.

My stainless 580 shoots rings around (inside of? ) my brother's blued 197, but I attribute that to better tooling and (after the fact) Gundoc.
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Originally Posted by Rotten View Post
AFAIK the short barrel "tactical" model is not available in SS.

I could be wrong tho'....
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wetidlerjr if you don't mind me asking, how much?
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This is stainless.
...But only me and Gundoc know for sure.

I basically envisioned a "Mini-14 SOCOM" and secured the parts.
Gundoc did the rest.

Stainless 580 series 16" straight bbl, wood stock
Matte Black Guncote
Amega Ranges Scout Mount
Smith Brake (permanent attached)
Glass Bedded
Trigger Job
Gas Bushing
Recoil Buffer
Bipod Lug
Masen 10rd mags

Fooling around with a Konus Atomic, can't pony up for a T-1 and IMO my FACOG looks stupid on there. This is a flat out shooter. Sorry for the poor image.

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Originally Posted by Mikeyboy View Post
wetidlerjr if you don't mind me asking, how much?
Too much...
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SandShark,

That is a beautiful rifle.
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Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
SandShark,

That is a beautiful rifle.
Thanks! it's part of a beautiful family..
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Ok where the hell to get a stainless tactical ?
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Originally Posted by Mikeyboy View Post
Besides the overall look, is it worth the extra money to get a Stainless tactical vs a blued tactical Mini-14.

Are there any disavantages to having a stainless mini-14?
1) depends on where you live, and the operating conditions you would be subjecting it to. If you live east of the mississipi, or another humid or coastal area then get a stainless mini.

2) The stainless mini has a reputation of heat stringing of groups when the barrel gets hot, so that is a disadvantage if you shoot lots of rounds in a short period of time.
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