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Old 03-05-2012, 19:46   #26
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Plumbernator, what kind of sling is that on yours?
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Picked up an "as new in box" 186 series and $275 in trade for an AR I built. Slight carbon at gas vent...couldn't be more pleased! As far as mods are concerned; probably the .mo-rod, mo-reaper setup and a tech sight rear. I'll do my own trigger job and glass bed the stock. I can't remember where but I saw a post some time ago about a homemade strut using billet specialties hose separators and a 3/8" drive extension (cut to length) from Summit Racing. As far as hunting ammo is concerned, on the 1:7 twist AR's I build, I've found that the 75grn. Hornady open tip hollowpoint are without peer. If you qualify, join CMP as these rounds are $120 per case, far less than the civilian market... enjoy before some govmnt fool decides it's illegal!
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180 Mini-14

Originally Posted by Timonbass View Post
Hey everyone,

Picked up a 180 series from an individual at a gun show today. I thought I'd done all the due diligence I needed, but didn't. This gun is far older than represented by the seller.

This my first Mini 14, and I'd like to hear from some other 180 owners about ammo you've had good luck with in general, and any recommendations for hunting rounds with this gun. I'm thinking primarily coyotes and hogs, but it's also legal for deer here in Ga.

Since Ruger isn't supporting this gun with parts or repair any more (based on what I've read since getting it home), I guess I'll use it for whatever useful life it has left.

I joined here after reading elsewhere today that this is the best Mini 14 forum going. Looking forward to getting to know some of you and learning from everyone. I've been a Mini 14 fan for years, and I'm happy to finally own one - even though it's older than I prefer.

Tim
I also have purchased a 180 series Mini-14 and love it. All wood furniture is pretty cool. Trying to find all the sources for aftermarket parts that seem to have been added in the last couple of years. Would you happen to have compiled one?
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Originally Posted by Jim Duncan View Post
I also have purchased a 180 series Mini-14 and love it. All wood furniture is pretty cool. Trying to find all the sources for aftermarket parts that seem to have been added in the last couple of years. Would you happen to have compiled one?
I have a 191 Series Gun (Basically the same as a 181 series gun), and decided to buy a bunch of spare parts for the gun. I have purchased the fire control parts for the 191 series, and a spare 181-187 Series Bolt. Looks the same as the bolt in my 191 series.

In my opinion the only part you'll really need to a spare part on is probably the a fully assembled bolt. The only parts that will break are the extractor or firing pin.
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Originally Posted by Dacotua View Post
I have a 191 Series Gun (Basically the same as a 181 series gun), and decided to buy a bunch of spare parts for the gun. I have purchased the fire control parts for the 191 series, and a spare 181-187 Series Bolt. Looks the same as the bolt in my 191 series.

In my opinion the only part you'll really need to a spare part on is probably the a fully assembled bolt. The only parts that will break are the extractor or firing pin.
Thanks for the info. I think the 180 bolt design is different if I understand previous posts? So to order an extractor or firing pin would be an issue. Hope I am wrong about this.....

anybody have any specific info on this?
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Originally Posted by Jim Duncan View Post
Thanks for the info. I think the 180 bolt design is different if I understand previous posts? So to order an extractor or firing pin would be an issue. Hope I am wrong about this.....

anybody have any specific info on this?
180 series bolt (Not 181+) is different.

I recently saw one on gunbroker for $60.00
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Originally Posted by Dacotua View Post
180 series bolt (Not 181+) is different.

I recently saw one on gunbroker for $60.00
I looked it up... even that was a 181 series.... Well I guess a call to Ruger can't hurt... might even give em a good laugh. Will keep checking the parts houses. Mine is ok, just looking for parts that might be needed down the road.
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My 180 series Liberty mini-14 and 581 series

Top rifle is a 2011 latest version Mini-14 Tactical 581 series. I did not like the synthetic stock it came with so I installed a factory wood Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle stock. Installed is a Japanese optic UltraDot 4 mil red dot scope and a Mo-Rod barrel heat-sink and harmonic balancer. I refinished the stock and counter sank a USMC Challenge coin into the stock and I also made a raised check rest from a 1944 Springfield Armory 1903A3 front hand guard. A trigger job to 4 lbs. and a improved ventilated hand guard.

Bottom is the original 1976 Bicentennial Mini-14 180 series. Serial number under 40,000. Stamped on the receiver it reads "Made in the 200th year of American Liberty". This rifle has a metal butt plate and original stock. I had the barrel cut down to 16 1/4" and had the muzzle target crowned. I added an Accustrut heat-sink harmonic balancer to the barrel.

Both rifles I totally stripped and refinished the stocks.

The 1976 bolt has a roller bearing and the action seems smoother.

Loaded with 1/30 round mag the 581 weights 9.5 lbs the 180 series weighs 7 1/4 lbs.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:24   #35
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Sweet looking rifles, Sgt! Hmmm ironic you have a 180 series and a Tactical model. I'm heading out today to purchase a new Tactical to keep the 180 company. I sure do like that wood stock you used with yours. Very nice. The black synthetic stock is the only drawback for me as well concerning the new Tactical.
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The 581 series is my All Hell Breaks Loose gun. The 180 series just feels better and lighter. I did find a replacement extractor just in case the original breaks. Gotta love wood.
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Originally Posted by SGTMAJMVJ View Post
The 581 series is my All Hell Breaks Loose gun. The 180 series just feels better and lighter. I did find a replacement extractor just in case the original breaks. Gotta love wood.
Wow.. any more replacement extractors from your source? Still trying to find a few parts for the 180 to squirrel away....

I know what you mean about the 180 feeling right. Hard to explain. If they just made parts available!
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A company named Jack First is making discontinued parts for the 180 series.
Google it. I bought a 180 extractor, plunger and spring for safe keeping.
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I have a 182 series Amega seems to have quite a few things for minis not to mention the links on here. I love to shoot the mini, reliable and will shoot as long as I keep feeding it, I think I will try the Accu-strut for some tighter groups at longer range. I need all the help I can get
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