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  1. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I cant find the answer to this anywhere.... I have a ruger mini 30 stainless with a 189- serial number made in 1991. I am trying to ascertain the differences between this and the 580/581 minis. If i order a walnut stock i find online, will it fit all minis? What about the vented hand gaurd...
  2. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    First post here! I recently purchased a 581 tactical mini from a co-worker for $300. It is in great condition and looks to be a 2010 model from the serial. It came with the ATI style folding stock and a hideous bullpup stock that I sold on eBay for $100. So I guess I only have $200 in the gun...
  3. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    My brother just got a new mini from CDNN. The serial number starts with 580. My neighbor bought a new mini a month befor that with a serial number that starts with 581. Excuse my ignorance, but does the 580 indicate an older model, and if it does what is the difference?:unsure::unsure:
  4. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Howdy all, I've been counting the days till I buy a mini, and doing my homework on them, and today it all paid off. Picked up a brand new 581 series stainless mini 14 at a local gun show. Couldn't wait to get it out back and shoot it (after I cleaned it) I was impressed with it all around...
  5. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    As I've posted here, I recently picked up a 581 Series Mini-14 and am pleased with it. I started thinking thatI have a couple of Yugo SKS's laying around here that I never shoot. It occurred to me that I could sell them to finance a Mini-30. Do the Nini-30's exhibit the same problems and the...
  6. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    are there any design changes between the two series runs? i just got a 580-87XXX tactical model. it has the tapered heavy barrel, flash hider and new type rear adjustable sight. according to the label on the box it was manufactured in october of 2009, if that makes any difference. thanks.
  7. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    first time out to my favorite range today, southwest of Chicago in Ottawa, Il. Maybe some of the members here are familar with...My 581 series Mini-14 ranch woodstock,blued and Mini-30 tactical...No malfunctions what so ever...They have a great plinking pit, where you can shoot your 18 year olds...
  8. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I just ordered a Accu-Strut for my new 581 Mini 14, after reading lots of positive things about them. It was in stock and shipped today, will have it in two days. Any tips for installing the strut? Do I need a torque wrench, or is hand tightening the screws as tight as they go fine? Also for...
  9. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    This past December I purchased a brand new 581 series Mini-14 Tactical (blued/synthetic stock). This is my first semi-auto rifle. I have a few semi-auto pistols and everything else is a bolt rifle or pump shotgun. After a long winter, crappy weather on days off, etc, I finally made it to the...
  10. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Well i was asked (nicely:lol:) by another member here to come and tell everyone how great my 581 Mini-30 is so..... I bought my Mini this month last year and have put right around 1600 rounds through it, give or take a few boxes. A 120+ rounds a month or so. Not that that is a ton but it goes...
  11. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Hi everyone and thanks in advance for any help or advice! My blue/wood stock 581 series is currently set up with a 9-13" swivel mount bipod on a screw in stud on the forearm, Winchester quick adjust sling on Uncle Mikes swivels, and a Simmons Pro-Diamond 4x32 optic. Frankly, the scope leaves...
  12. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I need help figuring out what's wrong with my Mini. It's a 581-series. No scope. Using steel Promag 20-round magazines. Last time I was at the range I got 3 jams of the same type out of 20 rounds. It's the same every time, the fired case gets caught by the bolt as the bolt returns to chamber a...
  13. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Interested if anyone has tried this and if there's any noted improvement in accuracy. Thanks.
  14. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Took the Plunge - Tech Sight Took the plunge and ordered a Tech Sight Mini200 sight and IRAS aperture system for my Mini 30. I'll post some pics n such when they arrive. Smling Bob :D
  15. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I recently picked up a Redfield 3-9x40 to mount on my 581 series all weather Ranch in .223 cal. I used the factory Ruger mounts that came with the rifle & noticed that in order to get a full picture at 9x in needed to slide it back on the mounts so the rear ring is only 1/8" to 3/16" from the...
  16. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Hi everyone and thanks in advance for any help or advice. Started on my second build, a stainless that will eventually have a BC folder and was trying it out with mags from my first mini. Problem - while all mags work fine on my first mini, with 3 of 'em my second mini fails to hold the bolt...
  17. Tips and Tricks
    i bought a new mini 14 all weather 581 series i have 2 10 round mags and a 5 round mag all ruger. i cant shoot a full mag without 1 or 2 failure to loads i called ruger and they told me to try a heavier grain bullet.i can understand an ocational jam with bad ammo but should'nt a mini shoot any...
  18. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Has anyone tried the tech-sites rear sight on a 581 series mini? Thoughts? I want mostly to see if it is significantly better than the ruger rear sight. I love the tech sites on my ruger 10/22, just want to see if it's worth ordering the sight for the mini.
  19. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I'm sure this topic has been beat to death a few times before, but i'm new to the mini-14 & the site. I've found a few see thru mounts but I would like some of your inputs on wich ones are the best for a 581 series. 2 that seemed to stand out are the B-square see thru rail model#14507, & The...
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