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  1. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I would like to know everyone's input on what would be the best type of finish to put on a 196 series ranch rifle? Something to cover all of the metal parts. Is this even possible, or do the moving parts (such as the bolt and such) have to be swapped out? I really like manganese phosphate...
  2. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Don't know if this has been posted before but this is the response I received today. "what size gas bushing is in this rifle? Rifle cycles violently and damages brass because it appears to hit the operating rod and throws brass into the next county. If an exact diameter...
  3. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I have a 581 series Ranch Mini-14 (model#5816). The specifications currently available on Ruger's site are for the 582 series. I don't know if they've changed, but I would like to see the specifications for the 581 series. They aren't in my manual. I've done several web searches and found...
  4. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Hi, I just bought a new Mini-14 Ranch Rifle the other day and put only about 60 rounds through it. After cleaning I've noticed there is a lot of bluing missing on the bolt and the receiver. Is this finish wear normal? Seems extreme to me after so few rounds... Serial number prefix is 582. Pics...
  5. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Got a killer deal on these two Mini's, in box un-shot, 187-4xxxx & 188-58xxx. Anybody know what is up with the stock on the mini on the box? I have never seen that style before.
  6. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    First, I enjoy this site and appreciate the thoughtful intelligence and courtesy routinely evident by the vast majority of the participants. Thanks for having me. :) Before getting to my questions, here's my background as it pertains to Minis. Been shooting my father's WW2, Rock Island, M-1...
  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
    Okay, I have owned 5 mini's over the past years, the last three were Ranch Rifles, two of which were 580 series. I really like the mini...which is why I've owned so many. I hate the lack of accuracy...which is why I have dis-owned so many. I saw when Ruger came out with a Target model with...
  9. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    :confused: I have a 2004 Mini-14 Ranch with just 20rds through it and wanted to start upgrading to improve accuracy. I'm not sure if I should follow through with my money in this gun or sell it and get a new 20rd heavy barrel model to replace it with the same money. What you guys think?
  10. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I went to put a scope on my new (less than 1 year) stainless mini-14 ranch model, and the front scope ring "cut" on the rifle seems a little out of tolerance. Has anyone returned a rifle to Ruger for some additional machining of the scope ring cuts?
  11. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Is the Mini 14 model 5805 one of the newer rifles manufactured after the retooling and with a slightly heavier barrel. Thanks Bill
  12. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I was looking at the Mo-Rod device tonight. Who else has one from this forum? I am on the verge of purchasing a stabilizer, and I like how this one looks. It also seems to be very functional going by the testimonies. So, what kind of luck have you had with yours? Also, can anyone give me a...
  13. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Here is my Ranch Rifle. I just finished the home made strut using the UTG clamps and made the strut out of 304 stainless rod that was media blasted to better match the Mini's barrel finish. It has the Ameca Arms Scout rail and is wearing a NcStar 2X7 scout scope. It was one of the early Ranch...
  14. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    I received the Tech-Sights Mini200R for my 187 series Ranch the other day. Out of the box I found it to be a solid unit, and had no issues mounting it to the rifle. Fiddling with it prior to installation revealed the windage knob to be very stiff to turn (actually painful to the fingers). I...
  15. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Just-for-the-fun-of-it question. I don't claim to be the expert here, in fact, I'm a Mini novice, but I recently acquired a 183 series Mini and I have to tell you the finish and stamping/roll marking of the older rifle receiver is noticeably better than my Tactical. I sure like the older rear...
  16. Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30
    Last week I bought a new 581 series mini-14 ranch rifle (wooden stock). Yesterday I went to the range and put around 30 rounds through it. It performed flawlessly and I shot 3.5" groups at 50 yrds using the iron sights. Last night I installed the ultimak rail and a Bushnel Holosight. This...
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