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

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Old 04-29-2012, 21:33   #1
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new mini question

I just got a new '580' stainless ranch. I field stripped it to clean it, and when I removed the slide spring and guide rod the buffer cross pin and buffer bushing fell out because the pin is loose. There is a different set-up with my old '180'. These parts dont exist on it. Is it normal for the pin to be so loose that it falls out when you turn the rifle over?
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Old 04-29-2012, 22:09   #3
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Same here on my SS mini 30.
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The tension from the recoil spring is all that holds the pin in place. Every time I strip my Mini, I forget this -- until the pin and "buffer" hit my foot.
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Thanks guys. I guess I am ready to go to the range and try this baby out. I got to shoot one of these a while back and I couldn't believe how much more accurate it was than my old '180'.
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The old 180 is almost a weapon unto itself compared to the 181 and later versions. Have fun!
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