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Old 08-08-2012, 08:30   #1
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Support for 182-series (1980) Mini 14

I have a Mini 14 which I bought new in 1981 or thereabouts. (Can't remember exactly.) It shoots fine for what it is and I have not modified it at all. My question is about support. If something gives out on it, firing pin, etc., is it correct that Ruger will not support the rifle at all? Or is it just certain parts like the gas assembly that is not supported. I have decided to just shoot the rifle and enjoy it, but I was curious about what support, if any, I could expect in the event of trouble. Ruger customer service is generally outstanding, but of course eventually any company no longer will stock parts for an obsolete product.

Here is a quick photo of the old fellow:



Note the old-style "pencil" barrel:

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Have you contacted Ruger CS to confirm?

Last I've seen from others posts is that the 180 series is no longer supported. Of course mine are 580 & 581 series so I'm not certain on your model.
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The only series Ruger does not support is the 180 series.

They support the 181, 182, 183...etc.
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Originally Posted by bwraven View Post
The only series Ruger does not support is the 180 series.

They support the 181, 182, 183...etc.
^Yep.

The 180s are different from all others in several ways. But they do still acknowledge the existence of the 181-up rifles.
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The 182's are good to go. Great rifles. Some accuracy issues that can be fixed with an Accu Strut. kwg
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Your rifle is starting to get old. I would consider getting some parts for it soon. Send it in without the bolt. You might also want to get a few spare op-rod springs. You could probably also use some rear sight parts if yours are getting a little beat. My 2c.
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Great info, fellows. FWIW, the rifle has really not been shot that much for all that I have owned it for 30+ years. Back then money was scarce and time to shoot scarcer. Condition-wise, the rifle is practically new and I have probably not put 2000 rounds through it and maybe not even 1000 rounds. My young son has sort of "taken it over" and now it is starting to get the use such a fine rifle deserves.

Again, thanks for the info. This forum is a great resource.
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Roger,

My 182 mini went 25 yrs untill the original Op rod spring lost some of its tension and I noticed it wasn't functioning quite the same. That is why I recomend you get a few spares. Mine only had about 2,000 rnds through it at that point. So age on the spring can work against us, maybe even more so than the round count through it. Good luck.
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Good info, 40Nascar. Will do that. It is easy and quick to order parts from New Hampshire Ruger.
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You can also order original Ruger parts from MidwayUSA and Brownell's...
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ARS (Accuracy Rifle Systems) also sells parts, and thier markup is not as high as brownells. Brownells would be my last resort as they believe thier stuff is gold plated (well at least the prices are!) IMHO.
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I believe that "wolf springs"makes a new and possibly better oprod spring for 181s+models,numrich arms also has spare parts from time to time.
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