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Old 07-08-2012, 14:16   #1
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196 & 580 series barrel differences??

is there any benefit to putting a 580 series barrel on a 196 series rifle- heavier profile, different twist rate, anything??? In all the different places I've looked I can't find any specific info about any differences...
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re-barrel?

What are you trying to achieve here? A more accurate rifle? Do you just have a bunch of parts? Want a project? If you are after a more accurate rifle , I would look into a barrel strut (my 184 has a Mo Rod and it did improve accuracy). IMHO this is less expensive than re-barreling your rifle.
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TJH, ask gundoc.

Other than other differences, changing barrels defintely involves checking and possibly correcting headspace.
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I'm not sure youll be able to get a factory barrel from Ruger. Also the receivers are different, at least cosmetically, so there may or may not be an issue with compatibility there.
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Originally Posted by breckenridge View Post
I'm not sure youll be able to get a factory barrel from Ruger.
Then get it from here:
MINI-14 HEAVY CONTOUR BARREL - Brownells
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Just to be clear, a 580 barrel is not necessarily the newer thick barrel. The change to the thick, tapered barrel happened during the 580 receiver run. Early 580s therefore still had the old, skinny barrel.
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