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  1. 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:
  2. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I've noticed a trend on other forums. Now, don't get me wrong, older mini's are seen as unfit for the purpose they were sold. But many folks are now getting them out of the safes where they have languished to be used for HD. Seems folks have realized there is little advantage to an older mini...
  3. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Besides good firing pins..... DECENT SIGHTS! Front sight collar with protective wings, keep it looking stock, BUT, with an AR15 front sight assembly housed within. Rear sight. Again, keeping stock appearance, but with the standard A2 rear sight aperture and adjustment knob. Rear sight base...
  4. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    My first post. I know its overly long, but I hope you don't think it sucks.. I bought my 195 series mini 14 ranch in 99. It has always been fun to plink with in the desert, but then I just had to go put a scope on it to see what it could really do. I put on a Vortex 3-9x40 bdc diamondback with...
  5. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    So I am getting a Mini-14 in another month with my tax return, I have been doing some research on magazines and the results aren't good. Ruger makes a great 30 round metal magazine but the damned things cost nearly $40 a pop. I see that Tapco is making a Gen II version of it's magazines that...
  6. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Just wondering, what kind of mechanical failure(s) has anyone experienced with the Mini 14. How many rounds before failure? What caused the failure and the remedy?
  7. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    So there is the question. Why the Mini, and is it your "go-to" emergency rifle?
  8. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I never heard of this. what your guys think??? Here is a picture I made to demonstrate the difference. Most guns will run with a .045".
  9. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Gentlemen, I am new to the world of Mini-14s, just purchased my 581 all-weather .223 a week ago. I have been looking into scout rails and I am wondering what a good one to get is. Does anyone have a Amega rail on their Mini-14? This one is the nicest looking one and I like the ability to mount...
  10. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    All these posts about the new Mini-14 tacticals jamming has got me worried. I have a few of the new SS Mini-14 tacticals in the safe as SHTF weapons and bought them specifically because I thought they would be super reliable based on past experience with older mini's. I was kind of excited...
  11. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Although some people say the economy is coming back I am one who'd rather be safe than sorry. I have been researching survival list and techniques for a while. I also have been stocking provisions for the unpredictable future and my Mini is the centerpiece for urban survival in a WROL or SHTF...
  12. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    So i'm looking to buying a new rifle soon if you didn't read my introductory to this sight well then I already have a ruger 22 old school carbine its a sweet shooting gun. But i'm looking to buy a new rifle with a little more knock down power i have narrowed it down to a couple rifles but i...
  13. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Hey guys, I was talking to people on another firearm forum and I learned a lot of good information on this rifle. I also got to hear some comments about the use of this rifle on the A-Team. :lol: Anyway one of the guys was very helpful and answered most of my questions, he also pointed me to...
  14. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Anyone here own one of the newer 581 series Mini 30 Tactical models with factory flash hider? If so have you had any FTF, FTE, Firing pin issues or reliability issues? What about accuracy? I have a 581 Mini 14 but am thinking of selling it and getting the 30 so I can share ammo with my AK's...
  15. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I was recently in Arizona, where you can buy anything gun related. I visited J&G sales in Prescott to pick up some things. I asked them if they sold very many Mini -14's there and the dealer said not really, as they were now as expensive as everything else, but without all the bells and...
  16. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Let me start by saying that I know that I'm about to incite a flame war, but I'm not trying to. I'm not trying to ruffle feathers, I'm looking for honest answers. Here we go: Why is it that when someone asks about pistol grip stocks, quad rails, or other such "tacticool" items, someone always...
  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
    I asked about this before, as I never heard the term "jam" with a Mini-14 in all the reading I did before I bought one. I had the empty casing get caught between the bolt and the rear of the barrel a few times. I was told that was normal for the first 100 rounds. It actually hasn't happened...
  19. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    At the range today, I was able to repeatedly create FTE's using ProMag steel 20rd magazines by holding the rifle by the magazine when firing. This was with my 580 series Mini 14. The bolt would not retract far enough to eject the spent cartridge due to upward pressure from the magazine. The...
  20. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    It's been a good ride, but it's time to go: Mini-14 and a pile of mags for Sale.
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